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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > Rosé Champagne

Winner Details

Rosé Champagne


2015: Gold 2 Silver 8 Bronze 2 Commended 3
2014: Gold 0 Silver 4 Bronze 8 Commended 1

There have been some horror shows in this section down the years, with the gap between the price on the label and the quality in the bottle sometimes so big you could lose a grower’s 4x4 in there. This year, though, was not one of them. Two Gold-listed wines was a decent performance and, perhaps more to the point, the pricing was fair, with the odd solo voice raised in hesitant concern, rather than a full-blown chorus of dissent. This year, the teams saw food matching as an optional extra, rather than a way of making over-structured, fruit-free wines drinkable, and there was genuine excitement about some of the higher medal winners.

Star Performer
Congratulations (again) to Charles Heidsieck, which made it a three-card trick: Golds for vintage, non-vintage and rosé. A powerhouse performance.

From the Tasting Teams


‘Some of the more expensive rosés did not excite me as much as I thought, but the lower to medium price brackets in some instances over-delivered. By the glass as aperitif they are very nice, they had good acidity and long finishes. For aperitif I absolutely found what I wanted.’ Gareth Ferreira, Launceston Place

‘At the higher end there were some more oxidative styles which were really complex. Diego Muntoni, Oxo Tower Restaurant

‘Some of the more expensive rosés did not excite me as much as I thought, but the lower to medium price brackets in some instances over-delivered. By the glass as aperitif they are very nice, they had good acidity and long finishes. For aperitif I absolutely found what I wanted.’ Gareth Ferreira, Launceston Place

‘The flight was very interesting with beautiful things. It’s a delicate point, but I found it hard to find value there.’ Joao Ribeiro, Buddha Bar London

‘Overall we were quite impressed. The great wines were exciting, really elegant, they really grabbed your attention.’ Jade Koch, team leader

Award winners

Found 15 wines

Sparkling: Rosé - Champagne

Pierre Paillard, Bouzy Grand Cru, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

Refinement and focus took this to the top. 'Rose petals on the nose, with delicate bubbles and a fine, mineral finish,' said Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce. ‘Yeasty aromas with white peach and a full mouthfeel, followed by bruised red apple and cranberry on a medium-weight finish,’ said Launceston Place’s Gareth Ferreira. ‘Delicate and perfumed, with a lovely nose,’ added Diego Muntoni of Oxo Tower Restaurant.

£24.65 Bancroft Wines

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Réserve NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

Turning heads from the off, Charles Heidsieck does the triple, scooping three Golds. 'Stunning! Beautifully crafted champagne with length, depth and complexity,' said Athila Roos of The Arts Club. ‘Nice colour, intense aroma, showing finesse with an irresistible, long finish,’ said Joao Ribeiro of Buddha-Bar London. ‘Rich palate with evolution and full flavours of sour cherries, spiced apple pie and orange peel,’ added Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains.

£36.32 Liberty Wines

Gremillet, Comtesse de Genlis, Cuvée Félicité, Rosé Brut NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Clean and aromatic, with morello cherry, yeast and biscuit aromas,’ began Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains, adding: ‘Great fizz on the palate, delicate and not overwhelming. Great option by the glass.’

£17.50 Molson Coors

Marc Hébrart, 1er Cru, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Really energetic, pure and intelligent,’ said impressed team leader Jade Koch, adding: ‘Salmon pink colour, with fresh-cut apples and blackberry on a really enticing nose. Zippy, refreshing orange fruit, clean, crisp and flinty, almost nutty character.’

£26.08 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

GH Mumm, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

Vibrant and fresh, with texture and fruit concentration. ‘Delicate, with floral and berry notes on the nose,’ said team leader Natasha Hughes MW, adding: ‘Brisk with a fine, persistent mousse, with more of a biscuity richness on the palate than the nose suggests.’

£32.87 Pernod Ricard UK

Devaux, D Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

'Well balanced with wet slate and chalky, earthy minerality. Perfumed style but well balanced and complex,' said Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place. 'Some real intensity of berry fruit, crisp, long and mineral, too,' agreed team leader Natasha Hughes MW.

£34.37 Liberty Wines

Perrier-Jouët, Blason Rosé, Brut NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

Impressed with this wine’s ‘purity and persistence’, team leader Jade Koch said: ‘Very zesty orange and lemon on the nose. Soft mousse, almost flat but really stops you in your tracks and makes you think. Lots going on: soft acid and sugar in check, highlighting the fruit, and a silken texture.’

£43.51 Pernod Ricard UK

Lombard & Co, H Lanvin & Fils, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Almost a saline aroma to it,’ began an impressed Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains, adding: ‘Red salmon colour, rich and intense on the palate – a more serious wine here. Pleasant, elegant and tasteful.’

£28.28

Les Rives de Marne, Charles Chevalier, Brut d'Honneur Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Some autolysis, with strawberry fruit,’ said team leader Natasha Hughes MW, adding: ‘Smoky, with decent depth and brisk acidity. Good value for money.’ 'More vintage in style. Quite delicate,' said team leader Martin Lam.

£17.30 Boutinot

Lallier, Grand Cru, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Pretty colour, with delicate rose petal and blossom on the nose,’ said team leader Jade Koch, adding: ‘Elegant and soft, with great mousse, orange and petalled fruit, very creamy and bright. Happy.’ 'A refreshing citrus and strawberry-laden mid-palate,' said Athila Roos of The Arts Club.

£19.75 Boutinot

Artéis & Co, Brut Rosé 2007, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

'Ripe and expressive, big strawberry and manzanilla/apple style, with notes of oxidation,' began Diego Muntoni of Oxo Tower Restaurant, adding: 'Full, complex and toasty, if light on the mousse.'

£40.00 Roberson Wine, Jerome Poussin

Besserat de Bellefon, Cuvée des Moines, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Nicely balanced, with good depth of berry/cherry and crisp red apple flavours,’ said team leader Natasha Hughes MW. ‘Long, fruit-forward taste on the palate, with more raspberry and cranberry,’ added Oxo Tower Restaurant’s Diego Muntoni.

£25.85 Bibendum , Coe Vintners, Matthew Clark

Chassenay d'Arce, Cuvée Rosé Brut NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

Moët & Chandon, Rosé Impérial NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

£33.50 Moët Hennessy

De Castelnau, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

 

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