This rose Champagne is a distinctly round and full-bodied sparkling wine. Equipped with fresh cream, granite, and a slight herbaceousness. Fresh raspberries and strawberries are present along with a tinge of rainier cherries. Vinified entirely in sandstone amphora, as well as aged on the lees for three years, makes the wine incredibly approachable.
The NV Rosé Rose Dame-Jane is light and airy in the glass. Crushed flowers, sweet crushed berries, white pepper and mint are all beautifully lifted. Translucent and gracious, the Dame-Jane is quite a departure for a house that was previously known for rich, opulent Champagnes. The Dame-Jane is done with an 'Oeil de Perdrix' base in which Pinot is given a short time on the skins for added color and structure. Right before bottling, touches of Chardonnay and still Pinot are added to fine-tune the blend. The Dame-Jane is aged entirely in sandstone terracotta, an approach that works beautifully. This release is based on 2017, with 40% reserve wines. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: March 21, 2019. (Originally published in May 2021)