Rosé Assemblage vs. Rosé Saignée

Centuries ago, Champagne was the drink of kings. That is, until the wines of Burgundy began to pique their royal interest. To compete with these Burgundian reds, winemakers in Champagne began making rosé. At this time, rosé bubbles were very light in color, featuring just a kiss of pink. They were referred to as “Oeil de Perdrix,” French for “the eye of the partridge,” because the color of these blush bubbles closely resembled the ring of pale pink around the game bird’s eyes in the throes of death.

In Champagne, France, this style of Champagne still exists; however, winemakers now use two different methods when making this delightfully cheery style. One method is called rosé assemblage—a blend of mostly white with a touch of still red wine added before second fermentation. Though blended rosés are less common outside of Champagne, the technique remains a traditional and very common way in Champagne to make celebratory pink cuvées. Rosé Champagne made using the assemblage method is typically soft pink in color with lighter, brighter tones on the palate.

The other method is called rosé de saignée. “Saignée” means “bleeding” in French, and according to this method, rosé is made by squeezing the juice from red-skinned grapes after they have had a chance to rest on the skins for a bit, bleeding color and structure into the juice from the skins. Winemakers choose to let the juice rest with the skins anywhere from two hours to two days. Red wine is made in a similar way, but the juice is left with the skins for much longer periods of time, imparting a darker color and more tannins. The saignée method produces pink bubbles that appeal to red wine drinkers. It also results in deeper hues, more structure and an added concentration of aromas and flavors. 

At fatcork, we are big fans of both rosé Champagne styles. If you love rosé, we encourage you to taste both styles side by side to learn more about how each method informs the Champagne and delights your palate. As with all fatcork cuvées, each Champagne in this curated bundle is meticulously hand-crafted and completely unique. We hope you are ready to fall head over heels with these  sensational sparkling pinks. 

Cheers,
Team fatcork

Eye of the Partridge ~ A collection of Rosé Assemblage
$215

These three selections are light and soft in style with delicate shell-pink hues and rose-gold tones. Primarily, these cuvées highlight mostly white grapes with a touch of red wine. Expect floral notes and hints of vanilla with a touch of fresh herbs. These charming cuvées will stand out to those who love the elegance of light, dry rosés.

*cuvée made specifically for fatcork

Bleeding Hearts ~ A collection of Rosé Saignée
$225

These skin-contact cuvées are structured, bold and beautiful. Ranging from crimson red to deep fuschia, the bubbles in this bundle have what it takes to entice even the most vehement red wine loyalists. Bright magenta tones offer a nod to regal robes, while striking flavors of bright cherry and raspberry jam with a distinct minerality also hold court.

*cuvée made specifically for fatcork

La Vie en Rosé (3btls)
$199

In this sparkling bundle of joy,  we offer a variety of rosé assemblage and rosé de saignée—perfect for those who love both styles! These Champagnes are festive, pink and delicious. Best paired with good friends, dark chocolate and sunny afternoons!

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