Thienot Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1125505 91 points Wine Spectator

 Creamy and well-balanced, this accessible version features citrusy acidity backing open-knit flavors of crème de cassis, gumdrop, dried apricot, almond skin and pastry, with a mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.  (11/2013)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier; L1U2YA19): Light orange-pink. Lively red berry and orange zest aromas are complemented by musky rhubarb. Dry and taut on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a touch of licorice. Finishes on a tangy note, with good cut and length.  (12/2012)

89 points Wine & Spirits

 Scents of violets and red apple skin perk up the freshness of this wine. It’s a touch candied in its fruit, while the lively minerality shows refinement.  (12/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 This is a pale colored rosé that combines mature aromas and tangy red fruits. It's on the dry side, and crisp with just the right touch of acidity and brightness. With a touch of toast, it is ready to drink now.  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

This brassy pink Champagne is composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier. The color comes from 7% red wine from old vines in the grand cru of Ay--one of the plots purchased from Krug in the 1980s. The Champagne has a very creamy nose and absolutely outstanding Ay black cherry fruit. This rosé is one of the best we have in the blended style with both clean, abundant fruit and chalky drive. If you love rosé, don't miss this one! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2013 | Send Email
This champagne is that color that is often called "Oeil de Perdrix", or Eye of the Partridge. But Garance Thienot winced, and said "I prefer Salmon". By either name, it is a beautiful light color, not bright pink, but subtle and lovely, implying the champagne will be as soft and delicate as it actually is. Delightful cherry and strawberry notes, lovely chalky minerality and a long finish. What a find!

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