Wednesday, February 10, 2016


bollinger rose+etui
“With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, more and more U.S. consumers are turning their attention to the pink bubbles of Rosé Champagne,” as reported by the Champagne Bureau, USA. “Over the past decade, the shipments of rosé from the Champagne region of France have enjoyed significant growth in the U.S.—just last year 2.8 million bottles of Rosé Champagne were shipped to the U.S., comprising 14.4% of all Champagne shipments to this country. The United States is now the #2 export market worldwide for rosé shipments from Champagne.”

Looking to splurge on pink bubbly this weekend? Here are a few excellent recommendations:

Bollinger Brut Rose Champagne Half Bottle, $60 PG 94
Classic rich yeasty Bolly style but with raspberry, strawberry and cherry notes.
Collet Brut Rose Champagne, $59.99 PG 90
Elegant and soft with notes of wild strawberry, pink rose, brioche and lemon curd.

Fleury Brut Blanc de Noirs Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne, $40 PG 92
Very dry and fine with notes of strawberries and cream, chalk, and white flowers. Biodynamically grown Grand Cru Pinot Noir.

Jacquart Rose Brut Champagne, $52 PG 88
Delicate and lacy with notes of strawberries and cream, rose petal, ginger ale and lemon drop.

Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Brut Champagne, $54.99 PG 92
Easy going, dry and soft with notes of bright citrus, tart raspberry, spicy turmeric and chalky minerality.

Pierre Paillard Brut Rosé Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne, $72 PG 95
This old-vine blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bouzy Rouge is hauntingly intense, minerally, smoky, and very serious with notes of rose petal, ginger, sea shell, Hostess Sno Ball cake, and salt water taffy.

Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne, $70 PG 90
Very dry, crisp, minerally and delicately fruity, this Pinot Noir-based Champagne is very refined, elegant and subtle, but don’t let that fool you. It is very powerful as well.

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