Rosé Extra Brut 1er Cru NV

Grapes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Champagne
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 12.5%

70% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir and 3% red wine from Ambonnay. From 1 ha of vines. Grapes are vinified entirely in old casks. Tirage seven months after harvest. Sur lattes for 36 months. Dosage 7 g/l. 8,000 bottles.
Fresh apple skins! Smells like chopped-up golden apples. So fresh it’s almost like a salad in a glass. Really expressive and open and like the sweetest iceberg lettuce daubed with strawberry dressing and those pink tomatoes and little roasted linseeds. Very, very gourmand. A salty tang that reminds me very much of lomo, but also strawberries in balsamic vinegar with a crack of rock salt and pepper. Nice chew on the finish. This is a rosé doing what real rosés do best – bridging the gap between fine white and fine red wines with all the muscle and control and grace of a trapeze artist. I'd love to take a bottle of this to an innovative chef and play with food pairings.
Drinking range: 2023 - 2027 Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)

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"Rosé", says Xavier, "should be the most elegant cuvée". Bright and lifted from 70% lemony Chardonnay grown on an east-facing slope in le Mesnil, 30% Pinot Noir with just 3% red wine, this is a perfect apéritif - or, as he says, try it with sashimi. The addition of red wine can bring bitterness easily, but this stays neatly on the lemony / lemon zest flavours of the Chardonnay which are bright and refreshing. A really surprising rosé which is all in bright elegance.L&S (Jul 2018)

Intense rosé Champagne that's good with sushi or fish pie.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Dec 2022)

Beloved of sommeliers, grower champagne is the insider’s choice and this is an exquisite, zesty rosé. Elegant and complex, it’s one for the connoisseurs.Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Dec 2022)

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Xavier has twelve hectares in total, spread across eight villages. There are three Grands Crus, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger and Ambonnay, as well as five Premiers Crus, Mareuil sur Ay, Bisseuil (where he has a substantial 4.8 hectare plot), Billy Le Grand, Trépail and Vaudemange.

In 1996 Xavier met Julie Médeville (of the Bordeaux family which owns the Graves Château Respide Médeville and the Sauternes Château Gilette) at a tasting in Reims, and they married the following year. Xavier set out on a path to quality from the moment he was in charge in 2000, and is keen to emphasise what he does and does not do. "One press makes nine barrels - and it all goes into barrel, all divided according to the parcels it comes from.", he says, "no malo, no chaptalisation, no filtration, and the wines are left in barrel to stabilise. The red wines are properly red. The non-vintages are around 70-80% of the current year, with up to 30% reserves, normally just 20% of the previous year and 10% of the year before that."

Our first visit here was a joy, seeing the vineyard in Bisseuil, which is all in one block, on a sunny south-facing slope, which is perfect for achieving full ripeness. The tasting after so much anticipation is always an anxious moment on both sides, but the 'Tradition' does not let him down - indeed it sets the bar very high - simply delicious, and we both know that we are on the right track. The Rosé both surprises and delights because it is so different - almost all Chardonnay except the the red used for colour, it is a sprightly apéritif rosé. The micro-cuvées that make up the rest of the range are the stuff of future legend, rare, but worth seeking out.

"What made me want to make Champagne was wines from '29, '45, '55, '59, '61, '64 - I want to make wines like that", says Xavier. You need have no fear of cellaring these wines to see how they evolve, however delicious they are now.

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