Billecart-Salmone makes the most iconic Brut Rose in the Champagne region. Their secret to achieving a gorgeous color and delectable rose aroma is by blending a small portion of still red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes into their Brut Rose. Lucky for you we found producer André Chemin who also makes their Brut Rose in this same style but for half the price.
Founded in 1948 by André Chemin in his home village of Sacy. Today André Chemin is in the care of the third generation, Eva and Sebastian Chemin. Sacy is located in the heart of the mountain terroir of Reims and is one of the few villages with a Premier Cru classification. This means the vines ideally planted on the hillsides with the best sun exposure in the terroir of Champagne famous for the quality of their Pinot Noirs. Since 2015 the vines have been cultivated according to the High Environmental Value (HEV) and Sustainable Viticulture certifications to protect the land and better showcase the terroir of the vineyards.
Champagne had quite the rocky start before becoming the second most famous French word in the world and being associated with royalty, celebrations, and luxury. The first sparkling wines in France were only created by accident. Earning the name "the devil's wine" or le vin du diable.Imagine the shock of French winemakers when suddenly bottles of wine would start exploding due to the pressure built up in the wine bottles, sometimes causing a chain reaction in the cellars leading to losses of anywhere from 20-90%. Today champagne bottles have the same amount of pressure in them as a standard car tire. Wine bottles back then were not up to the challenge of withstanding the pressure which often led to surprise showers of glass and wine. Initially considered a fault, Champagne has the ultimate rags to riches story and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of fine wine.
Not only does the wine need to come from Champagne in order to earn the name secondary fermentation must occur in the bottle in order to give the wine its classic, tiny mousse-like bubbles. There are other strict rules that must be followed regarding pruning practices, yield allowances, and sur less aging requirements. Thanks to the high levels of acidity, champagnes can be aged for many decades and can be paired with a wide variety of dishes as well as being absolutely spectacular all on its own.
Tasting Notes: Sparkling Wine. 74% Pinot Noir 18% Chardonnay 8% Coteaux Champenois Pinot Noir. An expressive nose of red berry and brioche with refreshing minerality and an expansive palate driven by fine bubbles.
An attractive, fresh, and shiny bouquet of strawberries, lemon, and verbena. A lively and lively palate, with a nice dose of red fruits and the right dose of disgorging liqueur just to please and not lose. its charm. Magnificent. ~95 Decanter
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