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Rosé Champagne

Rosé champagne commands a significant premium compared to its white brother, so the fact that we found some really great wines at decent price points was testimony to both our judges’ diligence and the skill of the winemakers. There was a lot of good wine here.

Not all of it, fortunately, was as expensive as Taittinger’s sublime 2007 Comtes de Champagne, which sidled onto the Gold List alongside its white 2008 brother. But to prove that sec sells, Taitt also backed this up with a Gold for Nocturne.

No surprise, perhaps, that that bit of extra dosage went down so well. If there was a criticism from our judges (and there wasn’t much) it’s that some of the (unsuccessful) entries were a bit hard and lacking in joie.

From The Tasting Teams

‘From the low point to the high point, these were good reflections of the typicity of non-vintage champagne. There was good quality for the price point, with ripe red fruit – very elegant. They show the potential for rosé coming from Champagne – its terroir and freshness.’ Andre Luis Martins, team leader

‘I was generally impressed by the entry-point wines, with some nice surprises in that price bracket. The top-end wines were very elegant, well-structured offerings.’ Gary Newborough, The Aristologist

‘Our flight seemed quite young and high in acidity. They were not wines that would make me smile, which is what I want from a rosé – generally something easy with red fruit, not trying too hard.’ Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers

‘The cheaper ones showed well, both in terms of value and the interest of the wines.’ Andres Ituarte, Tamarind Collection

‘The good options really stood out for their value for money; those a little higher in price often weren’t any better.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘Rosé champagne is growing as a category and more people are looking for it.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry and Guards Club

‘Standouts were the wines at the lower to middle end of the range. They gave a lot more.’ Hamish Lawrie Greening, Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers

Award winners

Found 15 wines

Sparkling: Rosé - Champagne

Taittinger, Nocturne Rosé, Sec NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

'A ripe and concentrated style showing signs of maturity with notes of red apples, butter and dried herbs. This is a serious champagne that can accompany a whole meal with no issues.' Diana Rollan, D&D London. 'There's a good balance of citrus and toast here. This is a refreshing and crisp style, but with some good weight in the mouth too.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.

£32.59 Hatch Mansfield

Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Brut Rosé 2007, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

'A complex wine with intense dried orange peel and apricots, and good balance between acidity, body and alcohol, all leading to a long finish of lemon with a hint of green apple.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'Rich and full of flavours of peach and redcurrants.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'Lush, with plum fruit, dried raspberries and strawberries.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines.

£156.00 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Castelnau, Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

'Mineral, with a touch of salinity, with citrus zest and a red fruit backdrop.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers. 'Orange peel and flower notes on the nose, with some honey too, leading to some good bubbles on the fresh and clean palate, full of fruit and herbal flavours. Good length and intensity on the finish.' Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard.

£30.79 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Piper-Heidsieck, Rosé Sauvage NV, Champagne, France

Gold medal winner

'A rich and vibrant vibrant wine that's showing very well. There are loads of ripe, expressive berry notes, with bright linear acidity and killer freshness. This will age very well too.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'A perfumed nose of crushed strawberry and sourdough, leading to a complex and developing palate, and culminating in a rewarding finish.' Hamish Greening, Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers.

£41.50 Liberty Wines

Devaux, D Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

'A floral, vibrant style with good length, complexity and long ageing potential. This is full of character, and perfect to accompany full meals.' Diana Rollan, D&D London. 'There's a great, elegant texture to this, with fresh, vibrant acids and a long stone-fruit finish. And it's absolutely beautiful to look at.' Andres Ituarte, team leader.

£42.95 Liberty Wines

Gremillet, Rosé, Brut NV, Champagne, France

Silver medal winner

'A rich and fruity champagne - this is really well done.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'Fresh, with wild strawberry and gentle white flowers, leading to a fresh mousse with light herbal character and a refreshing seaweed note.' Andre Luís Martins, team leader. 'Good depth of apples and pink fruits, and a little biscuit note too.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£22.00 Boutinot, Christopher Piper Wines

Perrier-Jouët, Belle Epoque Rosé 2010, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

'Rich, luscious and long, with mature fruit leading to almost dried-fruit notes.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. 'A great rosé with complex aromas, an elegant palate and a gentle structure, inviting you to have more.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'An aperitif that would also work well with grilled fish.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist.

£261.80 Pernod Ricard UK

Bernard Remy, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

'A great rosé champagne, with good acidity on a fruity palate with some pink grapefruit notes.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'This is fresh, ripe and round, with a fine mousse and good weight - a sparkling that could be paired with a whole meal. It's elegant and complex, and with enough body, to pair with white meat dishes.' Diana Rollan, D&D London.

£26.47 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Collet, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Bronze medal winner

'This is really fresh, with some dried fruits and some good hints of oxidation, along with some earthy and leathery notes, and a creamy texture.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Round and fruit-forward, with a savoury finish.' Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines. 'A pleasing summer-fruits nose, with strawberries and cream, and a dry, crisp finish.' Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£30.69 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Taittinger, Prestige, Brut Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

Irroy, Rosé NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

£25.13 Hatch Mansfield

Alexandre Bonnet, Perle Rosée Brut NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

£30.06 Matthew Clark

Devaux, Cuvée Rosée NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

£31.60 Liberty Wines

G.H. Martel & Co, Rosé Brut NV, Champagne, France

Commended medal winner

£27.12 Matthew Clark

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

Commended medal winner

£34.09 Bibendum

 

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