Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Vintage Rose 2008
After having enjoyed the Vintage, it is time for the Rose. I have tried it already in the past, but this time it has been a surprise! The reviewed bottle has been disgorged in November 2016.
Wine making techniques
This Rose 2008 is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir from the south of the Montagne de Reims and the Marne Valley (14% in red from Bouzy), 34% Chardonnay rom the Côte des Blancs (Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Vertus), and 5% Meunier from the Montagne de Reims (Ludes) and the Marne Valley (Dizy). 5% of the wines are fermented in large wooden casks (foudres) from Central France. The ambrosia ages on the lees for about 6 years and it is released with a dosage of 8g/l. The Maison suggests an aging potential until 2030. Santé!
The champagne looks amazing in the glass. Its bright pink colour with light copper hues is the quintessence of the elegance. Fragrances of red cherry and wild berry characterize the aromatic palette. There is also a sharp hint of grapefruit, orange peel, and white pepper. The long aging on the lees donates notes of brioche while the oak gives a touch of vanilla and precious wood. The wine has evolved even after the disgorgement developing perfumes of dried apricot, toast and a bit of honey. Fabulous! On the palate, the nectar is sumptuous. It is full-bodied and well structured. Every single fragrance enjoyed with the nostrils, it is now amplified. But everything is in perfect equilibrium and its touch is delicate.
I know it was good given the previous experiences, but I don’t remember it was such masterpiece. Excellent already now, but if you are patient to forget it in your cellar, you will have a paradisiac evening in five years and beyond.