The Valentine Rose from Champange Launois is constructed entirely from Pinot Noir. Named in honour of Severine and Caroline Launois's youngest daughter, Valentine, who's likeness adorns the cap of each bottle of this cuvee.
I have a soft spot for this Champagne, beautifully aromatic Pinot Noir, gentle caressing palate, the balance of complexity and freshness is wonderful. The pure black grapes give the wine a slightly pink hue, though it is very faint, hence the name of the wine which translates to 'eye of the...
Champagne Veuve Clemence is perhaps Launois' signature wine, made from the estate's Grand Cru Chardonnay vines. Fresh & pure with marine and brioche on the nose, this is classic stuff, ideal as an aperitif, perfect with oysters.
Delamotte, while famed for their Blanc de Blancs Champagne, still know how to blend! 55% Grand Cru Chardonnay gives elegance and freshness, with 35% Pinot Noir for weight and fruit, and 10% Pinot Meunier provides aromatic charm!
Delamotte's Rose offering is created through the traditional saignee method. That is to extract colour from the skins of Pinot Noir grapes during maceration and fermentation. This method, to contrast simply adding red wine, needs to be skillfully watched so as to extract just enough colour...
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