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Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2008
Original Price: $599.99
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Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2008
(Champagne, France) - [WS 97] [JS 97]

About this Wine:
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008 is part of a solar decade. Yet in the heart of this period, the year stands apart. Spring and summer were gray and overcast, leading to a deficit of warmth, as well as light. And then miraculously – as in 2000 or 2006, and the mythic 1996 vintage – September’s sun and winds completely reversed the situation. The eagerly awaited maturity of the grapes burst through, thriving with an unprecedented high-toned balance.

The fruit asserted itself with remarkably intense aromatic persistence and a composite consistency that opened up an exciting array of possibilities. Setting aside the accepted Champagne canon and reinterpreting convention, Dom Pérignon liberated the 2008 vintage with a bold assemblage created with pinot noir grapes from the “Chants de Linottes” parcels in Hautvillers and the “Vauzelles” parcels in Aÿ, whose fruit and structure balance the tension between the precision and natural radiance of the wines with more body and weight. The quest for harmony that defines Dom Pérignon is crafted here from contrasts and oppositions that sometimes border on contradiction.

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet bursts forward with raspberries and wild strawberries. Persistent powdery notes of iris and violet immediately meld with the fruit aromas. After breathing, greener nuances arrive, evoking privet, angelica and camphor tree.

The initial sensations are tactile, full-bodied and silky as they unfold like a caress, gradually becoming bolder. The acidic foundation that is the signature of the vintage weaves into the structure of the pinot noir, vibrating the heart of the wine. The affirmed, persistent finish is redolent of peonies and white pepper

Inspiration & Mastery

Winter is harsh, spring dry and late. At the end of a particularly sunny decade, this freshness surprises. The summer is hot without excess, only two days of torrential rains upset an ideal trajectory. In a few days, botrytis develops on the grapes, mainly the Pinot Noirs.

A race against time then begins: the berries are not yet fully ripe, but we have to decide. Quick. All of Dom Pérignon's resources are then concentrated on establishing a perfect map of the maturity and health status of each plot of its vineyard. Every minute counts.

This expert vision of the situation makes it possible to anticipate the rescue of excellent Pinot Noirs. The harvest is drastic, the sacrifice painful. Dom Pérignon decides to devote himself exclusively to spared grapes. Inspired and executed with precision, the decision turns out to be right. The challenge is met: Dom Pérignon declares this vintage “saved from the waters”.

Ratings & Reviews


96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"An impeccably balanced and graceful sparkling rosé, with a plushly creamy mousse. It’s hard to tell where the firm spine of well-honed acidity and the expressive range of pureed raspberry, candied ginger, tangerine and lemon thyme flavors begin or end. A rich hint of smoky toasted brioche plays on the finish. Drink now through 2033"

97 Points - James Suckling:
"This shows incredible depth of fruit with strawberry, cherry and phenolics. Full-bodied and layered with an incredible, three-dimensional element to the wine. This is so transparent and dynamic with dark fruit, yet it remains vivid and bright. Refined and precise, it goes on and on. Really savory, fresh and incredibly pinot-noir-like. What a wine. 13 years of maturation in the bottle. So drinkable now, but it will age for many years ahead."

Marc Hebrart Brut Rose Premier Cru Champagne NV
Original Price: $64.97
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Marc Hebrart Brut Rose Premier Cru Champagne NV
(Champagne, France) - [WS 92] [VM 92] [WA 92]

Ratings & Reviews



92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Firm and focused, this mouthwatering rose is lightly chalky in texture, with an integrated range of white peach, pink grapefruit sorbet and blanched almond. A briny hint of oyster shell cleans the lingering finish. Disgorged September 2018. Drink now through 2022. " - AN (web only 2019)

92 Points - Vinous:
" The NV Brut Rosé is flat-out delicious. The word 'balance' is so overused in wine, but I really can't think of a better way to describe the Brut Rosé. It is not nervy nor overly rich, but just impeccable in its poise and overall harmony. A healthy amount of Pinot lends volume and intensity to this Chardonnay-based Rosé. This is the sort of wine that is opened and disappears within a few minutes. This release is a blend of vintages 2017 and 2016. Disgorged: August, 2019." - Antonio Galloni (11/1/20)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Entirely sourced in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, the NV Brut Rosé Premier Cru is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, of which 7% is added as serious, barrel-fermented red wine to give the color. Assembling the 2012 and 2014 vintages, it is dosed with seven grams per liter and comes on the palate as a very clear, delicate, fresh and remarkably elegant rosé with lovely purity and precision. It's a great mix of generous fruit and chalky finesse." - SR (8/31/18)



Paul Bara Rosé Brut Grand Cru NV
Original Price: $59.97
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Paul Bara Rosé Brut Grand Cru NV
(Champagne, France) - [VM 92] [BH 90]

About the Domaine:
The village of Bouzy and Champagne Paul Bara are practically synonymous. As the published village historian, Paul is indelibly linked to the lore of his hometown. Many argue that he is their most renowned producer, being one of the rare récoltants-manipulants in a region inundated with the mass-produced wines of the large, corporate champagne houses. These récoltants-manipulants, or R.M.s as they are known, are of the few that still grow their own grapes and make their own wines. Champagne Paul Bara is the quintessential example, where everything is done with a personalized touch.

The Baras make their wines by hand with low-yielding vines and good maturity ensured by prolonged bottle aging. Andrew Jefford, author of The New France, calls them, “…essential references for anyone who wants to enjoy and understand the ripe, dry richness of Bouzy…”

Tasting Notes:
Red fruits dominated by wild strawberry and cherry, and the typical peppery note of Pinot Noir. The palate mirrors the nose with strawberry and raspberry flavours, leading into notes of freshly baked viennoisseries and a morello cherry finish.

Food Pairing:
Red meats, roast beef with foie gras, tarte tatin.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The NV Rose Brut Grand Cru is another gorgeous Champagne from Paul Bara. Rich, resonant and super-inviting, the Brut Rosé has so much to offer. I especially admire the wine's breadth and expansiveness, both of which give it the versatility to drink beautifully as an aperitif or at the dinner table. The blend is 80% Pinot Noir (including 12% still Pinot) and 20% Chardonnay. Dosage of 8 grams per liter feels a bit on the high side, but this is nevertheless an absolutely joyous Champagne." - Antonio Galloni (Nov 2018)

90 Points - Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"Oeil de perdrix color introduces a fresh and mildly fruity nose of strawberry and raspberry scents where additional breadth is present in the form of yeast and citrus nuances. The cool and relatively crisp middle weight flavors possess good if not better depth before culminating in a relatively dry finish that is shaped by moderately firm effervescence." (Jan 15, 2018)

Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Rosé 2020
Original Price: $49.97
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Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Rosé 2020
(Cotes de Provence, France) - [WA 93] [VM 93] [JS 93] [W&S 93]

About the Winery:

Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world's most prestigious wines. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Chateau Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Chateau de Selle (both Cotes de Provence).

Chateau de Selle is located in the Cotes de Provence appellation, located inland on limestone hillsides, enjoying abundant sunshine. The proportion of stone in the soil is 40 to 50 percent, making it an arid soil and, despite the presence of some extremely fertile clay deposits, yields are low. Chateau de Selle has an area of 345 acres, of which 160 acres are planted. Year after year, the cultivated area of the estate wins over part of the rocky terrain. The earth is mechanically tilled while retaining a natural balance, the original proportion of stone being maintained after crushing. The crushing process is carried out on a yearly basis.

Tasting Notes:
A clear, pale peach hue with pearly pink tints.  The complex and elegant nose is dominated by oral notes of spring: fresh blackberries and perfumed roses complemented by aromas of melon, vanilla, grapefruit, and yellow peach.  The palate is broad and silk with lovely notes of sweet summer fruit.  Citrus and a touch of spice linger on the remarkably long finish.

Food Pairing:
This pairs well with flambéd or glazed monkfish with vegetables, grilled poultry in a sauce or fruit desserts.

Varietals: 56% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 8% Mourvedre, 11% Syrah


Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine & Spirits:
“From the Otts’ original estate in Taradeau, the vines rooted into rocky limestone terraces surrounded by forest, this has an old-school grandeur to it in 2020. Based on grenache, with cinsault, syrah and mourvèdre, it’s rich, smooth and peachy, seasoned with a touch of orange zest and herbs. The fruit’s ripeness is balanced by the crunchiness of the acidity, striking an addictive balance.”

93 Points - Vinous Media:
“Pale salmon skin. Mineral-tinged red currant, raspberry, blood orange and white peach scents are complemented by a suave lavender nuance that builds in the glass. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated red berry and pit fruit flavors sharpened by a bitter suggestion of orange pith. Finishes very long and smooth, with repeating floral and pit fruit notes.” -Josh Raynolds (June 3, 2021)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
“Pale and coppery as usual, Ott's 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé Château de Selle boasts restrained aromas of peach, melon and citrus underscored by hints of crushed stone. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied and concentrated, with ample intensity, a slightly creamy texture and a long, mouthwatering finish. Like the other top rosés of Domaines Ott, this is a wine that is often better in its second year.” -Joe Czerwinski (July 8, 2021)

93 Points - James Suckling:
“This is big on drinkability with light cherry, strawberry and peach aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, creamy and minerally with fresh, stony character. Vivid at the end. Another gorgeous Ott. Drink now." (Aug 2021)


Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé 2021
Original Price: $38.97
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Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé 2021
(Bandol, France)

About this Wine:
Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose has an exotic nose dominated by pomelo, then honeysuckle and wet roses emerge, and then develops the complexity of a potpourri of flower petals. The palate is marked by the delicate structure of its bitters. Its intensely fruity flavors are enhanced by the minty and peppery side.

This racy, expressive Rosé will develop its full potential in harmony with the fresh and exotic summer cuisine, or structured and complex dishes.

• 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault
• Slow fermentations at low temperatures
• Wine does not go through malolactic fermentation
• Ages for 6-8 months in stainless steel before bottling
• Wine can age for up to 20 years
• Rosé made 50% by saignée and 50% by direct press

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media (for 2020 vintage):
"Limpid orange. Mineral-accented blood orange, strawberry, floral and succulent herb scents show fine definition and pick up a spicy nuance with air. Chewy and densely packed yet energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, bitter cherry, citrus pith and honeysuckle flavors and a deeper peach pit flourish. The mineral and floral notes return on the very long, precise finish." - Josh Raynolds (6/2021)

 

Anthony Lynch:
"Terrebrune’s Bandol epitomizes the idea of a terroir-driven rosé, from the nose of thyme and white peach, redolent of a Provençal summer, to its mouthwateringly salty finish, a reminder that the sea is just a stone’s throw away. 

Vigneron Reynald Delille is never shy to point out the aging potential of his rosé, often pulling out twenty-year-old bottles in pristine condition to prove his point. In its youth, its brightness makes it a great companion to seafood in their most basic form, including crudo, urchin, or grilled loup de mer (sea bass). With age, it picks up weight and develops deeper aromatics, allowing it to stand up to richer and more dishes. Uncork this today with anchovy-laden burrata toasts to highlight its invigorating balance of saline and citrus."

Burrata Toasts with Salt-Cured Anchovies
Toast slices of rustic levain until edges begin to char. Top each with a generous dollop of burrata, then with salt-cured anchovy filets. Drizzle with olive oil and add cracked black pepper to taste. Add dried oregano or fresh basil, if desired. The combination of creamy and briny make this dish an exquisite match with Terrebrune’s rosé.


DAOU Discovery Rosé 2021
Original Price: $21.97
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DAOU Discovery Rosé 2021
(Paso Robles, California) - [WE 91]

Inspired by the renowned rosé wines of Provence, France, our 2021 DAOU Discovery Collection Rosé remains faithful to its origins. This wine is remarkably fragrant, offering generous aromas of fresh peach, Bartlett pear and nectarine, with subtle notes of hyacinth, apricot and crushed rose petals. The palate is delightfully silky, underlying a clean, fresh crispness delivering enticing flavors of mango, Crenshaw melon, lemon chiffon and tangerine. Secondary layers reveal hints of sweet cherry and vanilla with orange peel accents. A luxurious and lasting finish leaves traces of apple pie, strawberry and kiwi.

Varietal Composition: 95% Grenache Noir, 5% Sauvignon Blanc

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This wine is a shade of cantaloupe, and that fruit shows on the nose of this bottling alongside ripe apple and bubblegum aromas. There’s a firm tension to the palate, where melon flavors are cut by wet stone elements." - Matt Kettmann (8/1/2022)
Minuty “M” de Minuty Rosé 2021
Original Price: $19.97
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Minuty “M” de Minuty Rosé 2021
(Côtes de Provence, France) - [W&S 94]

About the Winery:
Château Minuty is the global leader in Côtes de Provence rosé, and beyond that it can be argued is the most important estate in the history of Provence rosé. The Saint-Tropez based, family owned estate has been, since its founding, one of the quality leaders for the region. Minuty then became one of the most visible producers in the second half of the 20th century, a result of quality production and commercial foresight when no one in the region could imagine the global phenomenon Provence rosé would become. And then in the last two decades, Minuty defined the vision for and led the unbelievable growth in Provence rosé around the globe. All this achieved by a family estate now in its third generation, led by two brothers overseeing all the vineyard work, winemaking and sales.

About the Vineyard:
M de Minuty comes entirely from hand harvested grapes grown in the Côtes de Provence, making it perhaps the only major regional wine that is still hand-harvested. The source for the majority of the wine is from partners in the highest quality Côtes de Provence vineyards. Minuty’s original estate vineyard in Saint Tropez, and their estate one hour north in the hills of Vidauban also contribute fruit.

50% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Tibouren.

Tasting Notes:
Light and bright in color. The nose has very intense aromas of orange peels and red currant. The wine in the mouth is smooth with a nice freshness.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Wine & Spirits: 
"The Matton brothers, Jean-Etienne and François, have managed their family estates since the 1990s, blending this wine from estate and purchased fruit. It feels substantive from the get-go, its core of dark flavor distant at first, slowly coming into focus along its structured length. With air, stemmy savor gives complexity to the cherry notes. The wine is airy and open, though, a faint sweetness making it all the more quaffable — that expansiveness brought my mind to a patisserie window, electric-red macerated berries perched atop puffy layers of pastry dough." (June 2022)

 


Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades NV Brut Rosé
Original Price: $549.97
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Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades NV Brut Rosé
(Champagne, France) - [DM 92] [WS 92]

The real name for Ace of Spades is actually Armand de Brignac. The Champagne is produced by Champagne Cattier, though has acquired its colloquial nickname due to the recognizable design on the bottle.

Notes from the Winemaker:

The Champagne Armand de Brignac Rosé is crafted with Pinot Noir from old vines, planted in the Montagne de Reims, that produce fruit with powerful flavor intensity. The resulting cuvée features bright, fresh layers of red fruits, complemented by hints of baked pastry aromas.

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 50% Pinot Noir / 40% Pinot Meunier / 10% Chardonnay

DOSAGE: 9.5g/L

Tasting Notes:
Strawberry, currants and cherry on the nose, with floral hints and a touch of sweet almond. The red grape dominance brings a structured palate filled with black fruits, cherries and hints of baked pastry.

FOOD PAIRING: Ideal as an aperitif or pairs well with truffled veal, duck confit and wild salmon.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"A confident copper blush and an immediately seductive nose of soft spice, red currants and sweet almond. The blend here is dominated by the Pinots, with 50% Noir and 40% Meunier leaving only a whisper of elegant Chardonnay. The three contributory vintages in question are 2013, 2014 and 2015, youthful therefore, yet the wine does not lack for depth and complexity. A beguiling almost savoury depth is immediately evident, courtesy in no small measure to the quality of the red wine, 15% added as Pinot Noir from exceptionally old vines in the village of Ludes. Old vines and a young wine; wisdom, depth and youthful energy in this instance make up a winning combination.” – Simon Field, MW (Sep 2019)

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A mouthwatering rosé Champagne, with a lively bead, this offers savory notes of slivered almond and fleur de sel along with layers of ripe raspberry and black cherry fruit, star anise and orange peel flavors. Delivers a lasting, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2022." - AN (Nov 2017)

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Brut Rosé 2008 [1.5L]
Original Price: $469.99
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Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Brut Rosé 2008 [1.5L]
(Champagne, France) - [JS 98] [DM 98] [WA 97+] [VM 97+]

About this Champagne:
Created in 1988 as a tribute to the House’s co-founder Elisabeth Salmon, this cuvée distinguishes itself through its sparkle and refined purity of grandeur and unique character. This great, rare and sought after wine, subtly offers the signature of our top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay terroirs. The presence of an ancestral savoir-faire is recognized through the art of assemblage and rigorous selection from an exceptional harvest.

  • Appearance: A salmon pink tint and sparkling luminous visual presence is underscored by a gracious and persistent effervescent veil. A very seductive visual ensemble, with a soft shimmering reflection, rising to an accomplished articulation of a great vintage.
  • Aroma: It is a refreshing sensorial expression of crisp red berries, citrus peel and stone fruits. With the exquisite sensation of a rich and complex aromatic generosity (fresh figs, white peach, almond macaroons). Ripe olfactive notes respectfully soften the distinctive perfume of wild strawberries and scented spring roses.
  • Palate: A powerful yet delicate impact owing to the noble and harmonious maturing of flavors (nectarine, cardamom). An ample and pure character in the mouth unveiling the soft spices of tangy mandarin and the persistent flavors of cedar and exotic wood.
  • Serving: This great wine, with its extreme finesse, is a sign of the delicate personality of its textures and flavors. An aromatic charm with a rare mineral dimension, marries well with beautiful creamy poultry, in particular poulet de Bresse, langoustines royales and crunchy hibiscus macaroons. Serve at 11-12°.

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - James Suckling:
"This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold." (June 2, 2021)

98 Points - Decanter:
"A superb vintage of this renowned prestige cuvée, this is made from a base of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, to which is added 9% of red wine. Despite ageing on its lees for 10 years, it remains almost shockingly youthful, its vividly primary flavours of red cherry, strawberry and nectarine wrapped up in a taut, tense frame. It’s silky in texture and intricately complex on the long, elegantly harmonious finish, underlined by a saline chalkiness, and it demonstrates all the requisite completeness and character for long ageing, promising a slow and dignified evolution to come. Drinking Window 2021 - 2050." —Peter Liem (3/13/2021)

97+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon explodes from the glass with a mesmerizing array of aromas, flavors and textures. Blood orange, cinnamon, mint and dried flowers. The 2008 is incredibly young, but it is also incredibly tempting. Patience will be rewarded. In the meantime, readers might enjoy adding a few bottles of the stellar 2007 to their cellars, as the nervy, taut 2008 needs time. The 2008 is 55% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay and Mareuil) and 45% Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Avize and Cramant), with 9% still wine from Mareuil. It is the first vintage that includes a portion of wines (17%) done in barrel and the first vintage in which the magnums were aged on the cork rather than on crown seal. Dosage is 7 grams per liter." (AG) (Mar 2021)

97+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish." - William Kelley (Sep 23, 2021)

Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2006
Original Price: $389.99
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Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2006
(Champagne, France) - [VM 97+] [WS 96] [JS 95] [WA 95]

About this Wine:
The weather in 2006 was generally warm and dry, although there were some contrasts. A heat wave hit during July, but August was unseasonably cool and damp. September brought another stretch of warm summer weather that saved the vintage, drying out the few places where botrytis was developing and leading to above average fruit ripeness. Harvesting began on September 11 and continued for nearly three weeks.

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is mesmerizing, ripe, and complex. The opening notes are a blend of dark spices and cocoa which develop very quickly into fruit aromas. Fruit reigns supreme, with roasted fig and apricot and candied orange. The overall effect exudes smoky accents.

The fullness of the wine is immediately striking. Its intensity and succulence set the tone through the sweetness and crisp punch of the flavors. The silky mouthfeel melts into a smooth, tight, and grainy structure with just a hint of vegetable flavors. The wine expresses an appealing brininess and saline character.

Inspiration & Mastery

Winter is harsh, spring dry and late. At the end of a particularly sunny decade, this freshness surprises. The summer is hot without excess, only two days of torrential rains upset an ideal trajectory. In a few days, botrytis develops on the grapes, mainly the Pinot Noirs.

A race against time then begins: the berries are not yet fully ripe, but we have to decide. Quick. All of Dom Pérignon's resources are then concentrated on establishing a perfect map of the maturity and health status of each plot of its vineyard. Every minute counts.

This expert vision of the situation makes it possible to anticipate the rescue of excellent Pinot Noirs. The harvest is drastic, the sacrifice painful. Dom Pérignon decides to devote himself exclusively to spared grapes. Inspired and executed with precision, the decision turns out to be right. The challenge is met: Dom Pérignon declares this vintage “saved from the waters”.

Ratings & Reviews

97+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé is every bit as captivating as it was last year, maybe even more so. At times powerful, but in other moments finessed, the 2006 constantly changes in the glass, revealing a different shade of its personality with every taste. Perhaps most importantly, the 2006 seems to have gained a level of precision and pure sophistication it did not show last year, when it was quite a bit less put together. Back then, the 2006 was a wine of tremendous potential; today that potential is starting to be realized. Quite simply, the 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé is a magical Champagne. Don’t miss it.." - Antonio Galloni (8/2020)

96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This graceful 2006 shows lovely freshness, featuring a pronounced note of pink grapefruit granita layered with finely detailed accents of toasted nut, lemon thyme, smoky mineral and crystallized honey. Plushly creamy in texture, with a steely streak of acidity well-knit throughout and firming the lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029." - AN (8/26/2020)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé continues to show very well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of bitter orange, dried white flowers, red berries, toast and woodsmoke. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and muscular, with all the phenolic structure and depth that one would expect from a rosé that contains more than 20% still red wine, concluding with a sapid and chalky finish. As I wrote earlier this year, this is a vinous, gastronomic rosé that numbers among the decided successes of the 2006 vintage." - William Kelley (5/21/2020)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Loads of complexity on offer here, from brioche to dried peaches to strawberries and cream and on to rhubarb fool, pomegranate pastries and bread crumbs. The mousse is wonderfully integrated to the edgy peaches and notes that feather the finest line between oxidation and reduction. Very layered and linear, this is an incredibly long and mind-bending Champagne." (16 Jul, 2020)

Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Rose 2006
Original Price: $359.97
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Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Rose 2006
(Champagne, France) - [WS 95]

Ratings & Reviews



95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Saffron and smoke notes waft from the glass of this rich and creamy rosé Champagne. The finely detailed bead carries flavors of baked strawberry, candied orange zest, toasted brioche and pastry cream, while the firm backbone of acidity imparts focus through to the lasting finish. Disgorged February 2015. Drink now through 2031." — AN (11/30/17)



Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Brut Rosé 2008
Original Price: $219.99
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Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Brut Rosé 2008
(Champagne, France) - [JS 98] [DM 98] [WA 97+] [VM 97+]

About this Champagne:
Created in 1988 as a tribute to the House’s co-founder Elisabeth Salmon, this cuvée distinguishes itself through its sparkle and refined purity of grandeur and unique character. This great, rare and sought after wine, subtly offers the signature of our top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay terroirs. The presence of an ancestral savoir-faire is recognized through the art of assemblage and rigorous selection from an exceptional harvest.

  • Appearance: A salmon pink tint and sparkling luminous visual presence is underscored by a gracious and persistent effervescent veil. A very seductive visual ensemble, with a soft shimmering reflection, rising to an accomplished articulation of a great vintage.
  • Aroma: It is a refreshing sensorial expression of crisp red berries, citrus peel and stone fruits. With the exquisite sensation of a rich and complex aromatic generosity (fresh figs, white peach, almond macaroons). Ripe olfactive notes respectfully soften the distinctive perfume of wild strawberries and scented spring roses.
  • Palate: A powerful yet delicate impact owing to the noble and harmonious maturing of flavors (nectarine, cardamom). An ample and pure character in the mouth unveiling the soft spices of tangy mandarin and the persistent flavors of cedar and exotic wood.
  • Serving: This great wine, with its extreme finesse, is a sign of the delicate personality of its textures and flavors. An aromatic charm with a rare mineral dimension, marries well with beautiful creamy poultry, in particular poulet de Bresse, langoustines royales and crunchy hibiscus macaroons. Serve at 11-12°.

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - James Suckling:
"This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold." (June 2, 2021)

98 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"A superb vintage of this renowned prestige cuvée, this is made from a base of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, to which is added 9% of red wine. Despite ageing on its lees for 10 years, it remains almost shockingly youthful, its vividly primary flavours of red cherry, strawberry and nectarine wrapped up in a taut, tense frame. It’s silky in texture and intricately complex on the long, elegantly harmonious finish, underlined by a saline chalkiness, and it demonstrates all the requisite completeness and character for long ageing, promising a slow and dignified evolution to come. Drinking Window 2021 - 2050." —Peter Liem (3/13/2021)

97+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon explodes from the glass with a mesmerizing array of aromas, flavors and textures. Blood orange, cinnamon, mint and dried flowers. The 2008 is incredibly young, but it is also incredibly tempting. Patience will be rewarded. In the meantime, readers might enjoy adding a few bottles of the stellar 2007 to their cellars, as the nervy, taut 2008 needs time. The 2008 is 55% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay and Mareuil) and 45% Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Avize and Cramant), with 9% still wine from Mareuil. It is the first vintage that includes a portion of wines (17%) done in barrel and the first vintage in which the magnums were aged on the cork rather than on crown seal. Dosage is 7 grams per liter." (AG) (Mar 2021)

97+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish." - William Kelley (Sep 23, 2021)

Paul Bara Rosé Brut Grand Cru “Spécial Club” 2015
Original Price: $159.97
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Paul Bara Rosé Brut Grand Cru “Spécial Club” 2015
(Champagne, France)

About this Champagne:
Spécial Club is a unique champagne that is only made in exceptional years. Each Spécial Club champagne is brought before an expert tasting panel, composed of oenologists and champagne growers, on two occasions. The first of these tasting tests is to approve the still base wine (vin clair) and the second to approve the champagne for the 'Spécial Club' label.

Beginning in the 2004 vintage, Bara has made a rosé version of the Spécial Club, adding about eight percent of red wine to the Club blend. This is the first rosé in the history of the Club Trésors de Champagne, and given the estate’s track record with both red wine and rosé, it seems fitting that Bara is the one to initiate it. Chantale Bara modestly credits the suitability of Bouzy’s warm terroir, saying, “Rosé is a specialty of Bouzy. The red wine of Bouzy is very well-known for rosé.

Paul Bara’s champagnes are classic examples of Bouzy, with a full body and an ample, fruity ripeness thanks to pinot noir grown on the village’s warm, south-facing slopes. At the same time they demonstrate an unusual refinement and finesse, and despite the absence of malolactic, these champagnes are rarely aggressive - they tend to feel velvety in their depth of fruit and seamless in their integration of components from beginning to end. All of Bara’s wines are pure Bouzy and 100-percent grand cru, since they own no other parcels

• 70% Pinot Noir (12% Bouzy Rouge), 30% Chardonnay
• 35 Year-Old Vineyards
• Made by direct press
• Ages in bottle for 9 years before release
• Current disgorgement: Stamped on bottle
• Dosage 7 g/L

Tasting Notes:
The nose, dominated by a pastry note, expresses perfect maturity, with aromas of fruitcake and pound cake and touches of fruit jam (apricots and chutney). One can even detect a light spicy presence reminiscent of cardamom. In the mouth, it is full and generous, offering a garland of surprising flavors dominated by ripe and candied fruit that linger right up to the finish.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Vinous Media (2013 Vintage):
"Just as it was last year, Bara's 2013 Rosé Brut Grand Cru “Spécial Club” is taut and nervy. Rose petal, cranberry, white pepper and crushed rocks are all laced together in a tightly wound Rosé loaded with character. I would give the 2013 a bit of time in bottle to see if it softens, but my impression is that it will remain rather taut. Even so, there is plenty to admire. Disgorged: October, 2019. " - Antonio Galloni (Nov 2020)


Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV
Original Price: $84.97
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV
(Champagne, France) - [JS 94] [WS 93] [VM 92] [DM 92] [WE 90]

About the Domaine:
In 1818, Nicolas François Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon founded the house of Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, which now stands as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated house in Champagne. The estate is currently managed by the family’s seventh generation, brothers François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, while the cellars lie in the hands of Florent Nys.

After 33 years, François Domi has handed over the baton of Chief Winemaker to Florent, who has been working as an apprentice under the watchful eye of François since 2005, is now ready to take over the reins.

Notes from the Winemaker:
The Rosé that brought the world to their knees. Billecart-Salmon's Champagne Rosé helped land a spot on the maps in regards to the appreciation of the pink bubbles. Stylistically the wine is predominately chardonnay lightness and elegance with no skin contact during maceration. Pinot Noir is blended in as a red wine for the light, unique color and red fruit flavors, and it consists of 3 vintages with up to 40% reserve wines.

  • 40% Chardonnay from select favorites crus
  • 30% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne
  • 30% Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the slopes of Epernay

On the palate, this rosé is full of tart strawberries, raspberries with a hint of lemon zest.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A gorgeous rosé Champagne with sliced strawberries, orange peel and hints of cream and pie crust. Medium body, tight and integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Tangy acidity. The texture shows a fine bead and lightness. Long and intense. Drink now." (May 13, 2018)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food." – AN (Nov 15, 2016)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier; 8 g/l dosage; L206454 17741): Pale orange. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and jasmine aromas, with suave mineral and smoky lees notes adding complexity. Spicy and precise on the palate, showing very good punch to its strawberry and bitter cherry flavors. Opens up smoothly with air and picks up a bitter rhubarb quality that lingers onto the long, tightly focused finish. This bottling showed more brawny character than many past renditions of this cuvée, but with no lack of vivacity." (JR) (Jan 2015)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"A blend of 40% Chardonnay from several grands cru sites, plus 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The base wine is 2014, supported by 40% grand cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wine from 2012 and 2013. It is 100% vinified in stainless steel tanks before undergoing malolactic fermentation, with a final dosage of 9g/l. It has a pale salmon hue and a fine mousse, with a firm nose of ripe red fruit and citrus zest. The palate is round but elegant, boasting a fresh acid structure to balance the creamy apple and bold redcurrant fruit." - Tina Gellie (May 23, 2018)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"With its ripe texture and delicious red-fruit flavor, this wine has a tangy mineral edge and a fine balance. It offers softness (because of that balance) that veers towards dry. It is a fine apéritif style, rich and ready to drink." (Dec 2017)
Taittinger Prestige Rose Brut NV
Original Price: $69.99
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Taittinger Prestige Rose Brut NV
(Champagne, France) - [WS 91] [ST 90] [RP 90]

Notes from the Winemaker:

Taittinger Prestige Rosé immediately stands out for its intense, shimmering hue whose secret lies in the fact that it is a blend, which is more complex and costly to produce.

A quantity of still red wine (15%) produced from the best Pinot Noirs from Montagne de Reims and Les Riceys is in fact added to the final blend, to give this cuvée its unmistakable color and vibrant intensity on the palate. The high proportion of Chardonnay (30%) that completes the blend brings the elegance and delicacy that underpin Taittinger’s signature style.

Tasting


The intense and brilliant body is bright pink in color. The bubbles are fine, and the mousse persistent. The full nose, wonderfully expressive, is both fresh and young. It gives off aromas of red fruits (freshly crushed wild raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant).
On the palate, this wine strikes a fine balance of velvety and full-bodied. The flavors are reminiscent of fresh, crisp red fruits.
The palate can be summed up in four words: lively, fruity, fresh and elegant, as only a rosé blend can be.

Drinking suggestions:
Taittinger Prestige Rosé can be enjoyed both early on and at the end of an evening. Deliciously fragranced for an aperitif, it is also a subtle accompaniment to fruit desserts, including fruit tart, fruit salad and red fruit crumble.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A firm, toasty rosé, with a smoky overtone to the flavors of raspberry puree, star anise and singed orange peel. Creamy in texture, with a sleek, focused finish. Drink now through 2021. 32,500 cases made." – AN (Nov 15, 2017)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Taittinger's intensely colored NV Brut Prestige Rosé is a blend of 35% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier (with 30% Reserve wines) that gets its raspberry color from 15% red Pinot Noir still wine sourced in the Montagne de Reims. Displaying raspberry and strawberry paté flavors on the subtle but aromatic nose, this is a very delicate, fresh and elegant Brut Rosé with a round but stimulatingly dry and finely grippy finish. It's not meant to be disparaging when I mention that some fruit drops flavors on the nose and finish and note it's toward the border of what I taste as dry. Tasted in November 2017 from a bottle that was said to be disgorged on February 15, 2017, after almost three years on the lees, with a dosage of nine grams per liter." - Stephan Reinhardt (30th Nov 2017)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier; 9 g/l dosage; L3374SV05900): Light orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and fresh rose aromas show very good clarity and energy. Sappy red fruit flavors display a spicy quality, picking up energy and a floral nuance with air. Concentrated, vibrant and precise, finishing on a zesty mineral note, with lingering spiciness and firm grip." - Josh Raynolds (January 2015)



Bruno Paillard Brut Rose Premiere Cuvee NV
Original Price: $59.97
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Bruno Paillard Brut Rose Premiere Cuvee NV
(Champagne, France) - [IWR 93] [JS 92] [VM 92] [WS 92] [WE 91]

About the winery:
This small, family-owned Champagne house was only founded in 1981. Despite its youth, it has gained an excellent reputation, a testament to the passion, knowledge, skill and drive of Bruno Paillard. Paillard's vineyards cover 32 hectares (79.5 acres) of land over the best Crus of Champagne: Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Cumières and Verzenay, for example. Altogether it represents over 100 plots, each with a different terroir. From these few acres of land, 12 hectares of Paillard's vineyards are classified as "Grand Cru" which is remarkable knowing that grands crus represent only 17 of the 320 villages of Champagne. Using sustainable viticulture, he also grows 50-60% of the grapes used in his wines himself.

Notes From The Winemaker:
EYE The pink copper color with a hint of raspberry when young evolves to salmon while ageing. The fine bubbles are due to a strict selection of the best grapes, perfectly controlled temperature in the cellar and very long ageing.

NOSE The initial aromas of redcurrant and red fruits evolve to morello cherry, wild strawberry and violet while breathing in the glass. A touch of lemon denotes the discrete presence of Chardonnay. With age, aromas tend towards dark fruits like dark cherry, fig and blackberry.

PALATE Reveals red fruit captured at their full freshness. The finish is bright and long.

This multi-vintage rose, made with Pinot Noir, is created in two ways:
White wine from Pinot Noir: after a quick pressing, and a fast separation of the skins; the juice is very pale and can be vinified as a white wine.
Red wine from Pinot Noir: obtained by a prolonged maceration of the juice on the skins.
A touch of Chardonnay brings the necessary vivacity to balance the fruits of Pinot Noir.

The blend
First pressing of mainly Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay, the amount of which remains a secret.

Reserve wines
a blend of 25 vintages, going back to 1985.

Ageing

three years sur lie, then a minimum of a further five months after disgorgement.


Ratings & Reviews


93 Points - International Wine Review:
"The NV Extra Brut Rose from Paillard is polished and fine with an elegant appearance of effervescent pale salmon and a harmonious, creamy palate of minerals and a hint of red cherry. The light dosage provides perfect balance. An outstanding aperitif, but it would also hold up well to fowl and white meat dishes. Predominantly Pinot Noir and a small amount of Chardonnay, aged 3 years on the lees. Disgorged January 2016."(December 21, 2016)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This pale rosé has attractive dried-strawberry and gently nutty overtones that create a complex, fresh and attractive impression. The palate delivers a very approachable and attractively round style with a super fresh strawberry finish. Drink now." (July 2019)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"Deceptive in its pale color, Bruno Paillard's NV Extra Brut Rosé Premiere Cuvée has quite a bit of texture and resonance. Its is both gracious and deep, with striking breadth and impeccable overall balance. Cranberry, orange peel, white flowers and bright, saline notes give the Rosé a crystalline, brilliant upper register, but there is plenty of depth as well. This is such a pretty and expressive wine. Disgorged: October, 2019." - Antonio Galloni (Nov 2020)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Tinged the palest pink, this harmonious rosé offers a fresh and pleasing juiciness, with a fine mousse enlivening flavors of ripe white cherry, candied ginger and pink grapefruit sorbet. Hints of toast and spicy mineral show on the finish. Disgorged July 2018. Drink now through 2023. 8,300 cases made, 250 cases imported." - AN (Web Only - 2019)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"A blend from 12 vineyards, this wine is crisp, with dryness as well as intense red-berry fruits. It is a tangy, structured wine, juicy and full of acidity. The bottling is now ready to drink." - Roger Voss (12/31/2019)

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV [375ml]
Original Price: $44.99
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV [375ml]
(Champagne, France) - [JS 94] [WS 93] [VM 92] [DM 92] [WE 90]

About the winery: 
The Billecart family has been living in Mareuil-sur-Ay since the 16th century. When Nicolas Francois Billecart married Elisabeth Salmon in the early 1800s, the two families' long held vineyards were married as well. This led to Nicolas' decision to leave his law practice and take over the family wine estate. In 1818 he founded the house of Billecart-Salmon which now stands as the oldest continuously family owned and operated house in Champagne. It is currently managed by the seventh generation, Mathieu Roland-Billecart. The cellars are in the hands of "chef de cave" Florent Nys, who has worked under previous chef de cave Francois Domi since 2005.

One of the most distinctive aspects of Billecart-Salmon is their philosophy that an early harvest yields more elegant and delicate champagnes. They look for a strong acid structure rather than alcohol as a preservative and therefore, never harvest at higher than 10 degrees of potential alcohol.

Notes from the Winemaker:

The production secrets and the vinification method of this cuvee go back to the origins of the House of Billecart-Salmon and have been handed down for seven generations. The Brut Rose is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vinified as red wine.

Appearance: Its pale and bright pink color is adorned with warm glints of gold and its delicate slowly rising bubbles give it a persistent mousse.

Aroma: This cuvee unveils a subtle aroma leading to an elegant, delicate bouquet of red fruits and zest of citrus fruits.

Palate: Its special method of vinification gives this cuvee a light, elegant flavor, followed by a fresh finish with a taste of raspberry.

Serving: This rose champagne is an ideal partner as an aperitif and can also accompany a dish of wild salmon or sushi. For dessert, it will add a sublime touch to red fruit flavors.

Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - James Suckling:
"A gorgeous rosé Champagne with sliced strawberries, orange peel and hints of cream and pie crust. Medium body, tight and integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Tangy acidity. The texture shows a fine bead and lightness. Long and intense. Drink now." (May 13, 2018)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020." - AN (Nov 15, 2016)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier; 8 g/l dosage; L206454 17741): Pale orange. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and jasmine aromas, with suave mineral and smoky lees notes adding complexity. Spicy and precise on the palate, showing very good punch to its strawberry and bitter cherry flavors. Opens up smoothly with air and picks up a bitter rhubarb quality that lingers onto the long, tightly focused finish. This bottling showed more brawny character than many past renditions of this cuvee, but with no lack of vivacity." (JR) (Jan 2015)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"A blend of 40% Chardonnay from several grands cru sites, plus 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The base wine is 2014, supported by 40% grand cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wine from 2012 and 2013. It is 100% vinified in stainless steel tanks before undergoing malolactic fermentation, with a final dosage of 9g/l. It has a pale salmon hue and a fine mousse, with a firm nose of ripe red fruit and citrus zest. The palate is round but elegant, boasting a fresh acid structure to balance the creamy apple and bold redcurrant fruit." - Tina Gellie (May 23, 2018)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"With its ripe texture and delicious red-fruit flavor, this wine has a tangy mineral edge and a fine balance. It offers softness (because of that balance) that veers towards dry. It is a fine aperitif style, rich and ready to drink." (Dec 2017)


Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Vintage 2013 [375ml]
Original Price: $42.99
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Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Vintage 2013 [375ml]
(Champagne, France) - [JS 94] [VM 93] [JD 93] [WE 93] [WA 92+] [WS 92]

About the Domaine:
Louis Roederer has been synonymous with the world's great Champagnes since 1776, and it is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family today. They are also one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75% of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Cotes des Blancs, and Valle de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98% based on France's statutory 100-point classification scale..

Tasting Notes:
A light, bright and clear rosé. Fine, steady stream of bubbles, evenly distributed across the glass. Complex bouquet dominated by an almost minty freshness combined with zesty fruit, wild strawberry and raspberry. The nose opens out to reveal spicy and smoky notes, characteristic of the Pinot noirs grown in Cumières, along with aromas of dried fruit, roasted almonds and cocoa beans. Underlying saline notes, reminiscent of sea spray.

On the palate the wine is soft and smooth yet also piercingly fresh. A well-integrated wine with excellent body, pleasant freshness, long length and delicate mouthfeel. The body softens gradually and coats the palate with a velvety smoothness underpinned by a pleasant salinity and delicate hints of tannin from the flesh and skins of the Pinot noir grape. The finish is fresh, long and very persistent.

Varietal Composition:
67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - James Suckling:
"White fruit immediately on the nose, as well as some very strong lemon and lime notes. Some gently chalky notes, too, from the Chouilly chardonnay, which is super chalky. The palate has such focus and drive and a great, mineral core. Very long with a fresh line of acidity and peripheral, smooth flesh. Some pink grapefruit at the finish. Drink or hold." (July 2019)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2013 Vintage shows the compelling interplay of ripeness and high acids that are so typical of the year. The Vintage is built on a core of Pinot from Verzy, with Chardonnay from Chouilly, on the Cramant border. Constantly changing in the glass, the 2013 is a fabulous Champagne will reward readers with many years of exceptional drinking. The saltiness of Chouilly Chardonnay is a wonderful foil for Pinot here. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon continues to bump up the Pinot here, as he takes the Vintage back to the blend that was used in the 1840s. Dosage is 8.5 grams per liter." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2019)

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2013 Brut Rosé is a more elegant, medium-bodied Champagne that shines for its balance and seamless texture. Beautiful caramelized cherry, orange blossom, and strawberry notes all emerge from the glass and it gains richness and depth with time. With its bright, lively style and a great finish, this is another beautiful wine from this estate." (7/7/2020)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"A smoothly textured wine, this is perfectly in balance, with red berry and currant fruitiness assimilated into the lightly tannic and crisp texture. Drink from 2019." - Roger Voss (12/1/2018)

92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Roederer 2013 Brut Vintage Rosé has a lovely light pink color and opens with highly delicate red fruit and flowery aromas. The wine is light, fresh, pure, very delicate and stimulatingly salty. Very energetic and at the same time caressing. The finish displays pink grapefruit, blood orange and lime zest flavors. Highly stimulating in its purity, freshness and citrus character. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon finds it less vinous than the 2012, but he thinks the 2013 has huge aging potential. Disgorged in January 2018, tasted at the domaine in May." - Stephan Reinhardt (Jun 2018)

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Fresh and floral, this delicate rose features a lithe, lively mousse, with hints of white cherry, peach skin, grated ginger and orchard blossom. Pretty, offering a lingering finish of spice and mineral. Drink now through 2028." - AN (Dec 15, 2019)



Guido Berlucchi Brut Rosé Franciacorta '61 N.V.
Original Price: $39.99
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Guido Berlucchi Brut Rosé Franciacorta '61 N.V.
(Lombardy, Italy) - [WE 92] [WS 91, #93 Top 100 Of 2021] [JS 90] [WA 90]

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Winemaker Notes:

The rosé for those who want something more from a rosé. Excellent as an aperitif, it is pleasant match for cold cuts and savoury first courses and cheeses, even mature ones. When paired with shellfish, its structure is nicely accentuated.

Varietal Composition: Pinot Nero (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) from the best vineyards In the 19 municipal areas of Franciacorta.

Tasting Notes:

APPEARANCE: soft , foamy mousse with long-lasting cordon around the glass; fine, lingering bead.

COLOUR: intense pink, varies slightly according to the vintage, due to the different ripeness levels of phenolic compounds in the Pinot Nero.

BOUQUET: elegant hints of wild berries and ripe fruit, nicely blended with subtle nuances of yeast and crusty bread. Heady, warm quality from the brief Pinot Nero maceration on the skins during vinification.

PALATE: refined and elegant with exceptional acidity and full body. The acidity is balanced well by the medium-high sugar content.

PAIRINGS: perfect as an aperitif, it will also pair well with various cold meats and charcuterie, full-flavoured first courses and fully matured cheeses. Pairing with shellfish enhances its impressive structure

Ratings & Reviews: 

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
Bright and savory, this refreshing, polished sparkler boasts alluring aromas of juicy raspberry, wild cherry, baking spice and a whiff of bread crust. The inviting aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with a continuous refined perlage. A tangy candied nectarine note closes the finish."

 

91 Points, #93 Top 100 Of 2021 - Wine Spectator:
“Enticing aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit are set on the fine, lively bead in this clean-cut, mouthwatering rose, with a chalky underpinning. Lightly spiced on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.” -AN

 

90 Points - James Suckling:
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A grapefruit-colored rosé with sliced apples, raspberries, blood orange and some brioche on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with silky, soft bubbles and bright acidity. Crisp and fresh with a savory finish. Dry feel. Drink now."

 

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The NV Franciacorta '61 Brut Rosé (disgorged in 2017) represents a nicely balanced blend of 60% Pinot Nero and 40% Chardonnay aged in the bottle on the lees for 24 months. Some 140,000 bottles were produced. This is a delicate but festive wine that shows a steady succession of small berry, lilac and floral aromas. There's a refreshing kick of acidity on the close."


Alphonse Mellot "La Moussiere" Sancerre Rose 2020
Original Price: $33.97
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Alphonse Mellot "La Moussiere" Sancerre Rose 2020
(Loire Valley, France)

Notes from the Winemaker:

La Moussière rosé, a cuvee elaborated from Pinot Noir vines grown specifically for the purpose in the La Moussière vineyard in the heart of Sancerre. This press rosé is vinified in the same way as a white wine and has a nose that is a subtle mix of white pepper and red berries, a fine salmon-pink robe and a delicately spiced, mellow and full-bodied palate with a fresh, straight finish.

A wine for carefree sunny days, La Moussière rosé goes perfectly with tapas as an aperitif, grills and roast veal, and makes a very pleasant drink in its present state of maturity.


Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant d'Alsace Rosé NV
Original Price: $18.99
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Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant d'Alsace Rosé NV
(Alsace, France)

Notes From The Winemaker:
AOC Crémant d'Alsace is the crowning glory of the lively and delicate sparkling Alsace wines, made using the traditional method. Pinot Blanc is the main grape variety but Riesling and Pinot Gris are used in the base wine. "The attack, marked by a slight acidity, is then balanced on lovely floral notes. We enjoyed its powerful finish." Made from Pinot Noir, Crémant Rosé is more aromatic and has great finesse.

Ratings & Reviews



Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Notes of crushed dandelion leaves and green apple on the nose of this wine have the slightest edge of yeast. The palate is lively and frothy, edging close to creaminess, while the finish is dry and lasting. - AK (12/31/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Based on Pinot Noir the NV Crémant d'Alsace Rosé Brut has a very pale color with just a hint of rosé. Very delicate fruit aroma with hints of red berries and flowers on the very subtle, fresh and elegant nose lead to a full-flavored and quite expressive palate. The wine is quite powerful and fruit intense but in a discreet and elegant way. Firmly structured but provided with fine bubbles and an aromatic aftertaste there is really finesse in this very well-made and distinctive sparkling wine. Still very young though." - Stephan Reinhardt (Sept 2015)
La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova 2021
Original Price: $18.97
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La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova 2021
(Tuscany, Italy) - [VM 91]

Notes from the Winemaker:

Giorgio Rivetti, the man who never sleeps, is at it again! His quest to make great wine has taken him from Piedmont to Tuscany, into the world of sparkling wines and aperitivos, and ROSATO.

The Il Rose is a blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile. The six hectare vineyard sits at about 300 meters above sea level and enjoys southern exposure. Bursts of red fruit and citrus makes this a summer sipper best paired with food or conversation.

Inspired by Provencal Rosés, the Rivettis decided to produce one rosé from their porfolio. The fascinating characteristics of Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile, permitted us to create a wine that shows great character, an intense aroma, and which is very pleasant to drink. It has a floral and fruity bouquet with hints of citrus and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, it is wonderfully fresh and delicate with satisfying minerality and an all-embracing acidity.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Prugnolo Gentile

Vinification:

Destemming and soft pressing, without pressing the berries, in which the must remains briefly in contact with the skins in order to obtain an extremely balanced free-run must. Alcoholic fermentation for about 10 days. Aging in steel tanks on its lees for 3 months.

Ratings & Reviews


91 Points - Vinous:
"The 2021 Il Rosé di Casanova is lovely with a bouquet that’s more savory than sweet, mixing crushed rocks with white strawberries and peach skins. While soothingly soft, there’s a salty core of minerality and vibrant acidity that creates a juicy and energetic expression, further accentuated by hints of sour melon. The 2021 tapers off remarkably fresh with a candied citrus twang and leaves the mouth watering for more. The Il Rosé di Casanova is an equal-parts blend of Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile. - Eric Guido"

Bodegas Muga Rosado 2021
Original Price: $15.97
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Bodegas Muga Rosado 2021
(Rioja, Spain) - [WA 90]

About the Winery:
Bodegas Muga is Rioja Alta’s premier producer and the Muga family are unanimously considered to be one of Spain’s most important winemaking families. The winery has practically legendary status due to its philosophy revolving around adherence to tradition, dynamism, and winemaking of the highest quality. Few producers in the world fashion wines that have such a sense of tradition and place as Muga’s. The wines of Muga have an absolutely distinct, unique, and inimitable profile.

Tasting Notes:
A pale pink color wine. It displays a very intense, complex array of aromas on the nose in which we can detect floral aromas (rose petals), stone fruit (apricot and peach skin), citrus (mandarin), strawberry and a touch of hazelnut. It has a very well-balanced mouth-feel with pleasant acidity which gives the attack a certain fruitiness. The wine evolves perfectly on the palate with a long, refreshing, fruity finish. A rosé wine with good structure and surprising complexity.

Food Pairing:
Ideal with seafood, pasta, rice dishes and salads.

Technical Information

Grapes: Garnacha and Viura.
Soil: Mainly calcareous clay and ferrous clay soils from the upper Najerilla district.

Vinification:
Hand-harvested. After a period of 5 hours gentle maceration in the press, the must ferments at a temperature controlled at around 16-18ºc for 15-20 days. This enables us to preserve to the maximum the aromatic complexity and intensity of the grapes from which the wine is made. Once fermentation is complete, it remains with its fine lees in suspension for 12 weeks in order to heighten the smooth mouth-feel. Before bottling it undergoes cold stabilisation.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The pink 2021 Rosado was produced mostly with Garnacha and some Viura that fermented in small oak vats and was kept with the lees that were worked for 16 weeks. It's pale, subtle and fresh in this approachable and cool vintage. It's floral, elegant and precise, with a faint bitter twist in the finish. 2021 is a very good vintage for whites and rosés. 301,200 bottles produced. It was bottled at different times from one single master blend. I tasted a bottle that had been filled in February 2022." - Luis Gutierrez (Jul 2022)

Jeb Dunnuck:
"The light pink-hued 2021 Muga Rosado is based on 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura, and 10% Tempranillo. It's a terrific, fresh, juicy, incredibly quaffable effort delivering light cherry and strawberry fruits, medium body, a clean, elegant mouthfeel, and a great finish." (Jun 2022)


Bonny Doon Vineyard "Vin Gris de Cigare" Rose 2021
Original Price: $14.97
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Bonny Doon Vineyard "Vin Gris de Cigare" Rose 2021
(Central Coast, California)

Notes from the Winemaker:
This Vin Gris is made from bespoke grapes and is not a byproduct of red wine production, per se. We harvested at the appropriate ripeness level for its style. The essential principle here is that less is truly more. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish.

This wine is quite emblematic of the great sea change that has occurred at Bonny Doon Vineyard since the sell-off/ draw-down of the Ginormous Doonamath, whereby we have essayed a most sincere effort to make “quieter” wines in a more natural, less manipulated fashion.

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2020 Vintage):
"Joyous aromas of strawberry are splashed with lemon juice and pink rose petals on the nose of this bottling. The palate tightens up a bit, providing melon, tangerine-cream and wet gravel flavors atop a chalky texture." - Matt Kettmann (9/1/2021)

90 Points - Vinous Media (2020 Vintage):
"Light, shimmering orange. Fresh red berry and citrus fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied rose and pungent herbs. Silky and open-knit, showing good depth to the raspberry, cherry and bitter orange pith flavors. Tightens up slowly on a long, spice-inflected finish that leaves a gently sweet red fruit note behind." - Josh Raynolds (Jun 2021)


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