This 44th vintage of the house’s rose shines with 35% Chardonnay, a higher than usual proportion that reflects the promise of the vintage – widely recognized as particularly good for Chardonnay. The bouquet opens with sweet, wild strawberries before unfurling into star fruit, dried flowers and new leather. Voluptuous stone fruit flavors meet a delicately astringent palate with a subtle grapefruit note and lime zest on the long, long finish.
Like a dancer, this graceful rosé is lithe and limber yet powered by a sculpted frame, in this case, well-honed acidity and a minerally underpinning. That frame and the satiny mousse support a delicate range of wild strawberry, peach skin and smoked almond flavors with accents of oyster shell, lemon thyme and Mandarin orange peel. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
Lots of strawberry, cherry and some rose petal on the nose and palate. It’s full, but not heavy. Very vinous and delicious. Lovely length, too. Fruity and vivid at the end. This is really excellent with real drink ability and intensity. Yet, it remains elegant. 35% chardonnay and 21% pinot meunier, the rest pinot noir. Drink now.