Rosé Brut Champagne M & G Heucq NV

Grapes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 12.5%

50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. Vinification was 90% in stainless steel, 10% in barrel. 86% was white wine, blended with 14% red wine. 60% from 2018 and 40% 2015 and 2016. 36 months sur lattes. Dosage 7 g/l. 3,000 bottles, 100 magnums.
Bright coppery pink. Smells like rose hips and blood orange. Really tangy, savoury fruit, more savoury and autumn leaf, wild raspberries. Sumac spices. These Heucq wines have great mid-palate depth and fullness. Glistens in the mouth. Juicy and delicious.
Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - (Jun 2023)

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50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, of which 14% is red. A big vinous wine with a positive colour and rich depth. Rather fun - creamy mousse, could be really fun at the table. Base is 2017. Dosage is 7.5g/L. Disgorged: July, 2021.L&S (Oct 2021)

It's the base wine for Fossile with an additional 13% of Meunier red wine. Very ‘pink’ tasting. It reminds me of cherry sherbet dab, strawberry lolly stick. Friendly, easy and a little bit simple but masses of cherry fruit which is quite fun. Wine for smoked-duck salad. Drinking range: 2026 - 2031 Rating: 15.5 Tamlyn Currin - (May 2024)

The NV Brut Rosé Fossile is based on the 2019 vintage and a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The fairly deep pink wine offers notes of freshly baked short crust pastry while the palate homes in on rounded, ripe, juicy red plum fruit. Frothy, lively foam makes this into a light-bodied, plum-forward pink wine with a lovely echo of fruit. Dosage is 7.5gr/L. Disgorged: January, 2023. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 89 Anne Krebiehl MW, (Nov 2023)

Champagne M & G Heucq

A five-hectare family vineyard in the attractive village of Fleury-La-Rivière in the Marne valley, a site with a very specific subsoil of 45 million-year-old sandy chalk and clay, which has the peculiarity of being stuffed with fossil shells of impressive abundance and dimensions.

The Heucq family have been vignerons for at least four generations. In 1979 François and Véronique inherited part of the family holdings, and François installed a press and became a récoltant-manipulant. In 2019, their son Guillaume and his wife Melody took over with enthusiasm, brim full of new ideas including, vinification by parcel, vinification in barrel (30%), and the creation of their own marque 'M & G Heucq'.

Nearly all the vineyard is in Fleury-La-Rivière, and it averages 35 years old. They have been HVE3 certified since 2020. Guillaume describes his vines as 'pampered', with minimal inputs, grassed over and ploughed under the rows. Treatments are organic where possible - he estimates 80%. The object is to pick perfect grapes and press them gently in order to realise their three blended cuvées and four cuvées parcellaires. The wines are given a dose of SO2 under the press and then fermented using a mix of indigenous and selected yeasts, then matured on the lees in a reductive state, so that they do not need further SO2 until bottling, and this he keeps to the bare minimum. By far the largest cuvée is the 'Fossile' blend, with two of the parcel cuvées being only 500 bottles each. Guillaume won the prize from the Jeunes Talents du Champagne group of qualitatively-minded young vignerons for this first release of 'Fossile' in 2021.

Pink bubbles

Pink bubbles - how delightfully decadent is that? And it doesn't come more delightfully decadent and pink and fizzy than Rosé Champagne, Prosecco and English Sparkling Rosé.

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