The Roederer Estate Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and a fine, persistent mousse. The extra
measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity that balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness
of the Pinot Noir.
Vinous 98 points - One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2006 Cristal Rose is simply stunning. A vertical, towering wine, the 2006 Cristal Rose is a thrill a minute, with a compelling interplay of aromatics and exquisitely layered fruit, all supported by a real feeling of phenolic intensity. While the 2007 is seductive, the 2006 is virile and imposing, with the statuesque lift of a Giacometti sculpture. All the elements meld together in a complete, alluring Champagne that will continue to drink beautifully for many decades. In 2006, the Pinot Noir was already being farmed biodynamically, while the Chardonnay was still under conversion.
Like the Roederer estate Anderson Valley Brut, the Brut Rosé is untraditional. While most Rosés are made
with more Pinot Noir than Chardonnay, the Roderer Estate Rosé is a 60/40 blend of these two grapes. As
with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is 100% estate grown. Oak-aged wines from the reserve
cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditionla Roederer style.
|Wine maker notes
|For color, the winemakwer prepares a small portion of Pinot Noir with extended maceration and adds about
5% to the blend before secondary fermentation, imparting a subtle salmon tinge. Both the 60/40 blend and
addition of the small amount of red wine creates a charming wine of discreet finesse.
|COMPOSITION: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
|Serve with mild cheeses, oysters, shrimp, crabs and other shellfish, and with light, fruity desserts.