Gardet Champagne ‘Brut Rosé’ NV

Sparkling Wine from France - Champagne
Review Date : 19-Nov-2013
A blend in the proportions of 45% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir with 10% Chardonnay, then with 15% red wine added, the fruit all premier cru. The wine spent 3 years on lees and carries a dosage of 8 g/L RS. Moderately deep, soft peach-pink colour, lighter on rim. The bead is very fine and persistent. This has a full and deep bouquet with firmly packed yellow stonefruit aromas with a suggestion of red berries and florals, alongside savoury, yeasty and nutty notes and reductive, gunflint and bottle development nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has a good fruity core of subtle red berry and red floral flavours, underlined by light bready autolysis. The palate has a fine, textural line and crisp acid to counter the fruit sweetness, and the mouthfeel has balance and depth, the effervescence quite harmonious and in the background. The flavours of fruit carry through to a light finish. This is a fruity, balanced rosé Champagne with light autolysis and some savoury funkiness. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2+ years. 17.5/20 Nov 2013 RRP $51.99 A blend of 45% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay to which 15% still red is added. All of the fruit is from 1er Cru sites in the Montagne de Reims, the wine aged on lees 3 years, and carrying 8 g/l as dosage. Disgorged early 2011. Pale pink colour with some youthful purple hues and a pale edge, this has persistent fine bubbles. The nose features fresh, tightly bound and delicate strawberry and red floral aromatics, enhanced by subtle yeasty-bready autolysis, all with good depth. Dry on palate, this is very fine-textured, with fresh, strawberry nuanced flavours flowing through the line and length. The freshness of fruit is the highlight.  Sep 2011  RRP $59.99

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