"A characteristic Roederer rosé: the concentration, fruitiness, and compactness of the Cumières Pinot Noir grapes are transcended by the elegance, purity, and freshness of the finest Chardonnay grapes cultivated on the Côte des Blancs. "
"This Brut Rosé has all the strength, concentration, raciness and freshness of 2008 – a truly great year for vins de garde. It is very definitely a Pinot Noir year, exceptionally well-suited to laying down."— Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
- FRA - Champagne
The 2008 vintage snaps high-tensile acidity and chalk mineral texture from black-and-white into vivid high-definition 3D. Every element delicately placed, seamlessly connected and supporting the greater whole, like a masterpiece of cinematography in the hands of the most fastidious director. Prepare for a breathtaking flight over fields of red roses, orchards of tangy white cherries, endless plains of anise and perfect rows of strawberries. It pulls into a whiteknuckle vertical ascent of intricately silky malic acidity and textured mineral chalk of lively poise and elegant focus. Lécaillon upholds that concentration is almost as important as acidity for longevity in champagne, and since 2007 a focus on lowering yields, decreasing phenolics and naturally sweet pinot noir have been the key to retaining freshness. He likens 2008 with 2002, though without its slight overripe concentration, and with a tension akin to 1996. Roederer’s most riveting episode of the current season, certain to keep you on the edge of your seat. Ratomg 96 - Drink 2013 - 2015 -Tyson Stelzer, Tysonstelzer.com
Winery Tasting Notes
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, 20% of which is wine matured in oak tuns without malolactic fermentation, the Brut Rosé cuvée is aged for four years in Roederer’s cellars and left for 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain perfect maturity.
A fine, very brilliant, salmony pink colour, with deep, shimmering highlights. The elegant, discrete bubbles are also rich and creamy.
The nose is fascinatingly precise and intense. The fruitiness is clearly dominated by the purity of saignée Pinot Noir, with a steady flow of slightly acidic red fruits (redcurrant, wild raspberry) and citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit). All of these fruity aromas reflect clear hints of punchy, mineral aromatic freshness. After a few minutes of airing, there are riper, warmer, sweeter notes (jelly), hints of lightly roasted nuts (hazelnut) and even cocoa powder!
The bite is lively, with strong sparkling fruitiness. The concentration of fresh fruit flavours and juiciness gives the vintage a full, almost creamy, texture. The strong winey personality of the great continental Pinot Noirs of 2008 is immediately apparent. The matter is rich, but immediately followed by the fine, long limestone freshness that is so typical of Champagne. The bubbles are completely harmonious, blending perfectly into this enduring, fresh experience. The finish is marked by a chalky mineral quality with salty hints, combined with a light touch of tannin which should fade gradually over time.
This Brut Rosé has all the strength, concentration, raciness and freshness of 2008 – a truly great year for vins de garde. It is very definitely a Pinot Noir year, exceptionally well-suited to laying down. Sampled with scallops, this wine once again confirms its gourmet qualities. We recommend opening it a good hour before drinking, keeping it cool, to enjoy its full potential.