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Posted by portugalpress on July 13, 2017

The recent opening of the new Intermarché Lagos hypermarket (the official inauguration was yesterday) and its excellent “garrafeira” tied in nicely with the arrival of a rosé-loving relative who has been visiting us here in the Algarve over the last few weeks.

I had heard reports that this supermarket now offers an excellent wine selection and upon visiting was not disappointed.

The Algarve especially is very well represented as are all of Portugal’s wine regions alongside a good selection of foreign wines, so things are looking up for wine lovers in the Lagos area.

I had already stocked up at home with a few boxes of good Provence rosé but was greeted at Intermarché Lagos with a surprisingly large number of Portuguese rosés that I have not tried before, or in some cases did not even know existed.
One such wine is this Espinho Rosé from the Douro priced at €9.49 and available in the Algarve exclusively at Intermarché Lagos.

I could find out very little about the wine as there is almost no information online and the producer did not even apply a back label to enlighten us – all I know is that it is a very small production from a small producer in the Douro. The wine is dedicated to Camila, a lady who, as we are told on the front label, worked at the winery until the age of 92.

I took five different rosés from the store to sample and this one stood out from the rest, most importantly for having good depth of flavour, something that is so often lacking in the Provence imitation style of rosé that has flooded the market over recent years. On the nose, the wine has a delicate perfume of strawberries, clean and fresh in the mouth with a slight creaminess and a surprisingly long finish.

By Patrick Stuart

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