Glass of Bubbly Issue 16
Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
Despite the general perception, Rose Champagne is not for ladies only, although the very thought of it brings mouthwatering visions of decadence and frolic to mind. Rose is actually the weightiest and richest of Champagne styles, is made in non-vintage, vintage and luxury Cuvee tiers, and is the best Champagne to serve with the main course. Rose Champagne and Lamb is an incredible match.
For Valentine’s Day or perhaps for your next date night, try one of our recommended wines from Planet Grape Wine Review, America’s first and only female-led wine review platform,
nv Caveau du Mont July Sparkling Bugey Cerdon Rose Methode Ancestrale AOC Savoie France 87
8%, 750 ml, $16
Light, tingly and very slightly sweet with notes of crushed raspberry, violet, rosewater and chalk.
nv Mionetto Prestige Gran Rose Italian Extra Dry Rose Sparkling Wine Italy 90
11.5%, 1.5 ml, US $28
Slightly sweet and elegantly fruity with notes of pomegranate, cherry, lemon and white rose. Magnum. Excellent Value.
nv Ferrari Brut Rose Trento DOC Trentino Italy 90
12.5%, 750 ml, US $36
Very dry, fine and chalky with notes of raspberry, strawberry, cantaloupe, banana nut bread and gingerbread.
nv Palmer & Co Rose Reserve Brut Champagne AOC France 91
12%, 750 ml, US $65
Subtle, fine and dry with notes of raspberry, strawberry, lemon zest, chalk and sea spray. Light mousse and feathery texture.
2006 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose Brut Champagne AOC France 93
12.5%, 750 ml, $85
Tart and earthy with notes of orange marmalade, cashew, raspberry, dried flowers, honeycomb, prosciutto, and gingerbread.
2007 Gosset Celebris Rose Extra Brut Champagne AOC France 95
12%, 750 ml, US $210
Bone dry, racy, minerally and exquisitely balanced with notes of raspberry, cherry, pink rose, chalk and almond cookie.