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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > Rosé Champagne

Winner Details

Rosé Champagne

2017 Gold: 4 Silver: 4 Bronze: 1 Commended: 4
2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 2 Bronze: 4 Commended: 11

Making rosé champagne is notoriously difficult – and expensive. And in the past, this combination has left our tasters scratching their heads at the less than compelling combination of high prices and low quality put before them.

But not this year. The number of medals might have been broadly the same as in 2016, but this year our teams were having to hold themselves back from throwing around Gold medals like confetti.

Textured, well-made, flexible and not, for the most part, terribly expensive, this was one of the stand-out sections of this year’s competition.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Of course you have a bit of romance and love with rosé champagne, but it can really be enjoyable over a dinner, not just as an aperitif.’ Jonathan Giffrin, Claude Bosi @ Bibendum

‘Rosé champagne can be quite pricey… When you go from £20 to £30 you really see the difference.’ Laurent Richet MS, team leader

‘It was difficult to score as we can’t give Golds all the way! The Golds we did give were fairly priced, and they had complexity, elegance and consistency.’ Sara Bachiorri, Chez Bruce

 

‘They were quite full-bodied and rich, so perfect for food matching. Usually people drink it for an aperitif. But once they have it, you’re looking for food for them that will work well with it.’ Lucasz Walkowiak, Oxo Tower Restaurant

Award winners

Found 13 wines

Sparkling: Rosé - Champagne

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

Gold medal winner

This proved worthy of Gold for its rich, substantial structure, not to mention abundance of citrus and berry fruit. Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant noted ‘a very strong flavour, mineral and complex, fresh, well balanced and lovely’, while Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum found it ‘developed with lovely complexity, ripe fruits, vinous character and spicy notes on the palate, combining savoury notes and sweet pastries’. Team leader Laurent Richet MS thought this an ideal partner for salmon en papillote.

£26.65 Bibendum , Matthew Clark

Lanson, Rose Label NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

Taking home Gold for its refreshing, elegant structure, with a pleasant touch of minerality, this rosé was praised by Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant for ‘ripe strawberries, yeasty brioche and an impressive finish’. Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum enjoyed its ‘fresh, orchard aromas and notes of citrus and pastries’, finding the palate ‘fragrant and racy, refreshing with good tension and an acidic background’. Team leader Laurent Richet MS recommended this be served with creamed chicken with green beans and sweet potato wedges.

£27.00 Bibendum , Matthew Clark

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Réserve NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

‘Opulent and characterful, round with a creamy texture,’ began Claude Bosi @ Bibendum’s Jonathan Giffrin of this Gold winner, noting: ‘Rich and developed on the nose with ripe orchard fruits, notes of baking spices and creamy pastry touches.’ ‘Very expressive, fresh and lovely,’ agreed Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant. ‘Concentrated and well balanced. A great option for seafood, and salmon in particular,’ suggested Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant.

£40.76 Liberty Wines

Devaux, D Rosé, Aged 5 Years NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

This Gold Lister offered a style enjoyed by all of our judging panel, with a ‘lovely attack of elegant mousse with a refreshing berry compote style, complex mid-palate with good length’, said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, while Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum noted its ‘ripe, elegant, refined style, savoury, precise aromas, roundness and soft bubbles’. A match for fish dishes, said New Street Grill’s Nuno Pereira.

£38.76 Liberty Wines

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

Silver medal winner

Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant was impressed with its ‘mineral and pepper notes on a complex nose, fine bubbles and very complex, gastronomic palate style’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW found its ‘lovely, persistent mousse very elegant, with delicate red plum and red cherry fruit, then a toasty and complex mid-palate and great length on the finish’.

£147.00 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Bruno Paillard, Première Cuvée, Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Full and fruity style with a lovely nose, good fruit concentration and fresh acidity,’ began Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, while team leader Simon Woods found it ‘fine-boned and subtle, with a good, easy fruit style, balance and floral crispness on the finish’.

£38.67 Bibendum

Baron de Villeboerg, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Slightly restrained on the nose, but a nice palate with fresh acidity and delicate red berry fruit,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who felt it was ‘good value’, with Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum noting ‘vinous character, red apple fruit and a dry finish’.

£18.23 Bibendum

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Millésime 2006, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

‘Complex brioche notes on the nose with a persistent bead of bubbles,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who enjoyed its ‘lovely textured mid-palate, elegant yet powerful character in an expressive, complex wine’. ‘Opulent style, very distinctive,’ added Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum.

£63.41 Liberty Wines

De Castelnau, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Pale colour, with a very expressive nose and fresh, mineral, flinty flavours,’ began Spring Restaurant’s Antoine Cabre, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW finding ‘a little oak adding complexity to a nutty and toasty style, with a persistent mousse, lots of brioche and autolysis notes’.

£23.95 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Janisson & Fils, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

Taittinger, Prestige Rosé, Brut NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

De Castellane, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

£25.30 Bibendum

Paul Drouet, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne , France

Commended medal winner

 

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