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Champagne Gaston Chiquet, Rosé, 1er Cru

Champagne Gaston Chiquet, Rosé, 1er Cru

Rose | Drink now | Code:  17414 | France > Champagne > Rose Champagne | Champagne Blend | Light-Medium Bodied, Brut | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

91/100

The Wine Advocate - The NV Brut Rose is an attractive fruit-driven wine with gorgeous notes of pomegranate, roses and spices, all supported by pretty notes of chalkiness. This polished, elegant wine offers outstanding length and tons of harmony. In another year or so the wines inner perfume should emerge even more fully. Still, it is impossible not to admire this beautifully crafted, poised rose. Chiquets NV Brut Rose is mostly 2006 Chardonnay, with the addition of 2004 and 2005 still Pinot Noir. This bottle was disgorged in March, 2008 and botled with 8 grams of dosage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2011.
Antonio Galloni - 22/12/2008

The Grape

Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


The Region

Rose Champagne

Rose Champagne

Rosé wines are produced by leaving the juice of red grapes to macerate on their skins for a brief time to extract pigments (natural colourings). However, Rosé Champagne is notable in that it is produced by the addition of a small percentage of red wine – usually Pinot Noir from the village of Bouzy – during blending.

Recommended Producers : Billecart Salmon (Elizabeth Salmon Rose), Ruinart

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