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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > Rosé Champagne

Winner Details

Rosé Champagne

2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 2 Bronze: 4 Commended: 11
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 8 Bronze: 2 Commended: 3

Our tasters rarely award more than two places on the Gold List here (and, indeed, there were none in 2014) so on the face of it three Golds was not bad going. But, as often in the Sommelier Wine Awards, it’s rarely that simple.

A look at the medal comparison to last year (above) shows that beyond our three popular winners there was less strength in depth than in 2015, with high prices not always backed up by complexity in the glass, which perhaps explains the generally lukewarm feedback.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘These were very elegant wines – very fresh for the most part, and very consistent. I do a lot of pairing with champagne – it has that character that goes with seafood.’ Andre Luis Martins, The Cavalry and Guards Club

‘This was our most challenging flight – we had a long discussion for every wine. There are many very different styles – and customers have very different expectations, too.’ Marcin Oziebly, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘I had expected to be energised by the flight – but in fact it was quite disappointing overall. Our panel were split all the way and I’ve not fallen in love with any of them.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘Sparkling rosé is very much a must in certain operations, like nightclubs, and they need it to give a competitive advantage, so there is a lot of marketing around it.’ Joaquim Alba, Aramark at JP Morgan

Award winners

Found 20 wines

Sparkling: Rosé - Champagne

Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Rosé, 2006, Champagne , France

Gold medal winner

Power, richness and spice shone through in this 10-year-old vintage champagne. Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club highlighted its 'light raspberry and gentle pear character, elegant body and strawberry with a delicate finish', while The Sign of the Don's Carlos Ferreira was impressed with its 'spicy almond and dried fruit aromas, fresh toast and a beautiful expression of mixed floral and red fruit flavours with a very long finish', and team leader Tom Forrest appreciated the 'brioche and pastry notes, the nice savoury yeast and fruit notes'.

£140.63 Hatch Mansfield , Matthew Clark

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Réserve, NV, Champagne , France

Gold medal winner

Oeil de Perdrix in colour, the poise and talent shone through, scooping Heidsieck Gold. 'Some savoury yeast notes on the nose, leads to a soft, strawberry palate, with light, savoury Marmite notes, and a beautiful fresh finish,' said team leader Tom Forrest. A fuller style, as Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don described: 'Very good nose with spicy almond and oak. Crispy acidity and toasty oak on the palate, spicy from the oak ageing, with a great, lengthy orange peel after-palate.'

£36.32 Liberty Wines

Moët & Chandon, Impérial, Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Gold medal winner

Balance and a broad, red fruit palette of flavours set Moët's rosé apart. Plenty of fruit here for Meg Ryan of Fox Fine Wines & Spirits: 'Ripe peach, raspberry, grapefruit, strawberry. Fruit-forward style with good balance and moderate acidity.' 'Crisp, refreshing and zingy,' added team leader Andrea Briccarello, of this posed sparkler, with its lemon-, apple- and red-fruit-infused finish.

£33.50 Moët Hennessy

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Millésime, 2006, Champagne , France

Silver medal winner

Enikő Heidenwolf of 67 Pall Mall highlighted its 'pale colour and matured style', also noting 'brioche, truffle and cream on a long, rich palate', while Joaquin Alba of Aramark at JP Morgan felt it was an 'excellent combo of red fruit and fresh oak', and team leader Tom Forrest noted 'brioche and toasty yeast notes, with some creaminess and a delicate finish'.

£58.25 Liberty Wines

Vranken Pommery Monopole, Pommery, Apanage, Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Silver medal winner

Marcin Oziebly of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn found a 'great intensity of red berries and cherries with just a touch of yeast' on the nose, and a 'very fresh, light, very drinkable' palate, concluding: 'Amazing champagne.' Team leader Tom Forrest added: 'Sour cherry, apple and raspberry and cranberry fruits, soft lemon and raspberry on the finish.'

£37.18 Justerini & Brooks , Majestic Commercial , Matthew Clark

Lanson, Rose Label, Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Bronze medal winner

'Strawberry and cranberry notes with good toastiness' stood out for team leader Andrea Briccarello, on this 'complex and refreshing' wine, while Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club noted 'delicate, wild red fruits and sour cherry, gentle minerality and light herbal undertones'.

£26.50 Bibendum Wine , Matthew Clark

Vranken Pommery Monopole, Heidsieck & Co, Monopole, Rosé Top, Brut, NV, Champagne , France

Bronze medal winner

'Nutty and complex, with lots of intensity on a lengthy palate,' began team leader Andrea Briccarello, with Fox Fine Wines & Spirits' Meg Ryan also finding 'wild strawberry, white pepper and white balsamic notes'.

£27.24 Justerini & Brooks , Matthew Clark

De Castellane, Rosé de Castellane, NV, Champagne , France

Bronze medal winner

'Complex, yeasty rosé, showing excellent length with delicate red fruit flavours,' began Joaquin Alba of Aramark at JP Morgan, with team leader Jade Koch adding: 'Juicy, vibrant, elegant and refreshing.'

£25.21 Bibendum Wine

Les Roches Blanches, Nicolas Gueusquin, 1er Cru Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Bronze medal winner

Meg Ryan of Fox Fine Wines & Spirits found 'red apple and strawberry fruit, with hints of cream soda', while Tomasz Kuszneruk of Plateau Restaurant highlighted 'orange zest on a fruit-driven palate'.

£14.95 Kingsland

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

Commended medal winner

Gobillard , Brut Rosé , NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

£23.89 Enotria&Coe

Drappier, Brut Nature Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

Louis Barthélémy , Rubis, Brut Rosé , NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

Lanson, Paul Drouet, Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

De Castelnau, Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

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

Commended medal winner

Gremillet, Rosé Vrai, Extra Brut, NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

£25.00 Boutinot

Devaux , D, Brut Rosé , NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

£34.37 Liberty Wines

Palmer & Co, Brut Rosé , NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

£26.02 Bibendum Wine