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    Rosé 101

    Rosé Champagne

    These beautiful pink bubbles are made much the same as blanc Champagnes, but instead of using only the white juices of the grape, rosés implement the dark red skins of pinot noir and pinot meunier. Fat Cork rosé ranges from pale pink to light red, with flavors ranging from very dry & tart to deep & fruit-forward.

    Red + White = Pink
    The blending method of creating rosé Champagne is when a small amount of still red wine (vin rouge in French) is blended into the initial assemblage to create the desired color and flavor. Rosés produced with the blending method are usually light in color.

    Saignée Method
    Literally “to bleed”, these rosés pick up their color by fermenting the grape juice with its own dark skin for a short period of time. Saignée rosés are made purely from the dark grapes (pinot noir or pinot meunier).

    Bryan tasting Hervy-Quenardel’s pinot noir only 21 hours after the juice started fermenting with the skins.

    Rosé Champagne Pairings
    Light rosé – pair with prosciutto, spinach salad, or fresh goat cheese.
    Medium-bodied rosé – pair with salmon, roast chicken, or a triple cream cheese.
    Bold rosé – pair with red meat, dark chocolate, or berries.

    The Rosé Spectrum

    Light & Dry
    Perrot-Batteux et Filles Hélixe Rosé Premier Cru ($58) Elegant and crisp, this Champagne is 85% chardonnay from the chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs region. It has wonderful acidity and tartness, but also a hint of red berry fruit. Pop this bottle open while cooking dinner with your date; it’s wonderful on its own or with light appetizers.

    Fresh & Balanced
    Grongnet Rosé ($49) Made from an equal blend of all 3 grapes, this rosé is balanced and fresh. It’s full of red berry and fruit flavors, but has a dry, tart finish. Paired with baked salmon, grilled vegetables, and fresh flowers, this cuvée is the perfect addition to a date night in.

    Bold & Fruit-Forward 
    Hervy-Quenardel Rosé de Saignée Grand Cru ($56) 100% pinot noir, this rosé is bold and beautiful. It’s packed with flavors of strawberry and a hint of tannin. The body is full, but still has notes of chalk and minerals. Save this rosé for dessert! It’s delicious on its own but even better paired with dark chocolate and strawberries.



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