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This month's champagne club case

December Mixed 4-Case

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This month, we are focusing on rosé and have put together 4 exciting examples from smaller producers and new faces. Rosé is a serious style of Champagne and it can be more difficult and expensive to produce than other styles. When it comes to producing rosé cuvées, there are 2 basic methods. Firstly, by simply blending some red wine into the white, or by the saignée method which relies on varying skin contact of red grapes for colour. The former tends to be fruitier than the saignée style which is perhaps more white wine-like, especially when considering a Blanc de Noir.

Rosés are a great accompaniment to food as they generally have more texture than white cuvées due to the hint of tannin they get from the skin contact or red component of the blend. I remember one of my favourite pairings ever being a Billecart Salmon rosé served with rare lamb cutlets.

More recently, there’s been a move towards drier rosés and subtler, salmon-hued colours after the very pink rosés of the past. Enjoy!

Soutiran, Grand Cru Perle Noire NV – R 830
'Vivid yellow. Intense, mineral-accented orchard fruit and cherry scents, with notes of dried rose, smoky minerals and anise adding complexity. Stains the palate with concentrated strawberry and orange zest flavours, becoming spicier with air. Clings with excellent tenacity on the finish, with the smoke and mineral notes emphatically repeating.' – Vinous.com, 92/100

Brimoncourt, Brut Rosé NV – R 750
‘Surprisingly deep orangey-pink – like the skins of Victoria plums. Intense red fruits on the nose, remarkably fruit for a rosé champagne, red fruits and a touch of candied orange peel and still fragrantly fresh, even slightly dusty/mineral. Deep and almost chewy with so much fruit but not without very good freshness and quite a tight, noticeable structure. Serious food wine, I think. Tastes pretty dry and finishes long and fresh with a tangy sour-cherry bitterness that would also make it good at the table. Powerful, serious, long.’ – JancisRobinson.com, 17/20

Valentin Leflaive, Brut Rosé NV – R 815
‘A joint venture between Champagne de Sousa and Burgundy’s Olivier Leflaive, this rosé is deliciously bright with red fruit. It has a weighty, vinous character with just an edge of tannin to give it extra richness. Hints of toastiness and fine acidity cut through its fruit core. Drink now.’ – Wine Enthusiast, 93/100

Drappier, Brut Nature Rosé NV – R 695
‘Blackberry and black cherry notes leap from the glass of this dry and lacy, aperitif-style rosé Champagne, meeting accents of toast, lemon curd and anise on the well-balanced palate.’ – Wine Spectator, 91/100
 

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