Philippe Gonet Brut Rosé Champagne (Previously $45)
Gonet’s NV Brut Rose is one of the more immediate wines in the lineup. Not surprisingly, Chardonnay plays the leading role in this pale-colored, delicate wine. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and a hint of aromatic spices wrap around the generous, caressing finish. The Rose is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir based on 2008, with 30% 2007 reserve wine. Disgorgement date: February 29, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Very harmonious, with lovely texture and finely cut acidity, offering delicate layers of raspberry puree, chalky mineral, crème de cassis and chopped almond. Clean, delivering a lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases made. –AN
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(90% Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger, with 10% Pinot Noir from Vertus; 7 g/l dosage L180313): Bright orange. Dried red berries and orange zest on the pungent, mineral-accented nose. Chewy and dry on the palate, offering bitter cherry and citrus fruit flavors that flesh out and deepen with air. Nicely delineated and seamless on the clinging finish, with the cherry and mineral notes echoing. -JR
Champagne Philippe Gonet is a big favorite at K&L, and this great rose is a fantastic addition to their line. Made entirely from estate grown Pinot Noir grown in Vertus, Champagnes southernmost Premier Cru, this wine is macerated all together for maximum varietal flavor. Flowers and strawberry notes come to my nose first with a lovely pinot savor beneath. This rose brings the full flavor of a maceration style without sacrificing elegance. I think it is a very impressive wine, and the price reflects a direct purchase from Ms. Chantal Gonet. -Gary Westby, K&L