Champagne and rosé are both synonymous with celebrations. So if you combine the two, you have the perfect bottle for Valentine’s Day.  L'intempROSE2010+Coff

But how is rosé Champagne made?

To start, Champagne can only be made with three grape varieties; Chardonnay,Pinot Meunier or Pinot Noir.

There are two methods; the first is rosé d’assemblage or blended Champagne and the second is rosé de saignée or macerated Champagne.

Region it’s produced: Champagne, France

Grapes Used: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir

The two methodsRosé d’assemblage or blended pink Champagne and rosé de saignée or macerated pink Champagne

 

Typical flavors: Rosé Champagne offers more fruit intensity than it’s white counterpart, doling out red fruit flavors from delicate strawberry to rich cranberry.

For the first method, winemakers add up to 15% of still red Champagne wine, either Pinot Meunier or Pinot Noir, to the otherwise white wine.

The second method involves allowing grape musts to be in contact with the skins for just a few hours. The skins not only impart their color into the wine but some flavor and aromatics as well. This method often produces wine with a deep pink color and stronger flavor profiles.

So whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, excited that it’s finally the weekend or looking for a special bottle for Valentine’s Day grab a rosé Champagne. Here are some of our recommended finds.

 

Mailly Grand Cru 2010 L’Intemporelle Rosé Grand Cru Brut (Champagne); $129, 92 points.

From a producer with a panoply of Grand Cru vineyards, this wine is balanced and perfumed. The crisp texture and taut red fruit contrast with the generous richness of this still-young wine… Drink from 2019. Saranty Imports. 

Roger Voss

 

 

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