I am very excited to feature a juicy rosé champagne perfect for the rising temperatures in California! This is a beautiful champagne and perfect for a Sunday picnic with some wild strawberries, brie, and baguette. I just had it with some chocolate covered strawberries, and rosé macarons that I picked up here at a little shop in Newport Beach.
It’s rosé season you all! We have a few bottles left from the import – email me to get your bottle! You just might want to join the Fizz club for this one 🙂
A little about this champagne …. It was in 1959 that Mr. Delahaie took over the family farm located in Épernay. As soon as he arrived, he decided to make his champagne with the help of an oenologist. He made this champagne at first only available to private customers. Without a direct descendant, he decided to sell the estate to his nephew Jacques Brochet in 1988.
Shortly after the takeover, Jacques Brochet decided to personally take care of the vinification. He began by buying barrels for aging wines for cellaring.
Then he modified the blends by seeking the typicity of the terroir and of the three champagne grape varieties which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. From 1994, Champagne Delahaie was selected by the Guide Hachette des Vins de France.
This delightful Brut Rosé is of entirely red grapes, and is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier made with grapes from 25 year old vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Marne Valley. No Chardonnay in this one! As is common for rosé champagne, it also includes 18% of still red wine made from Premier Cru fruit. The final blend was aged for 28 months in bottle before receiving a dosage of 11 grams per liter at disgorgement.
A subtle, yeasty note accompanies the fresh aromas of wild strawberry and Rainier cherry on the nose, which become juicy and bright red-fruited flavors on the medium-bodied palate. Given the somewhat generous dosage (at least compared to most of the champagnes we purchase that are typically under 10 and still on the very dry scale for most champagnes), the finish is crisp and neat with refreshing, persistent bubbles and a fine sense of acidity