A compare/contrast of Rose Champagnes from a few of my favorite Growers, served blind:
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Grand Cru Rose (disgorged March 2018)
40% Pinot Noir w/ skins, balance of equal parts Pinot Noir & Chardonnay without skins. Ambonnay fruit from clay & limestone soils. Most of the wine ferments in barrel, while the remainder in steel vats. Dosage 4 g/l.
Most powerful, complex Champagne of the trio. Many guessed larger house Champagne. Rodez, the former oenologist at Krug, creates world class wines.
Frederic Savart Bulle de Rose 1er Cru Brut (disgorged January 2018)
65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, with about 5% still Pinot Noir. Premier cru fruit from Ecueil, sand based soil. Mostly aged in stainless steel vats. Dosage 6 g/l.
Most elegant and approachable wine of the night. A balanced wine where the fruit is blended so seamlessly together. Classic Savart.
2016 Benoit Marguet Shaman Brut Nature Rose (disgorged April 2019)
96% Chardonnay with the remainder of still Pinot Noir. No dosage.
The enigma of the lineup. For many, it is impossible to discern that this wine is compromised of mostly Chardonnay, and has no dosage. A voluminous, concentrated and structured wine, Marguet’s Champagnes have been a recent revelation for me. Benoit has mastered the art of creating beautiful wines with minimal use of sulfur and without the addition of any sugar.
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