Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne
Hints of roasted hazelnut and toasted brioche add richness to this refined and creamy rosé, partnered with juicy acidity and layers fruit-forward black currant, dried strawberry, licorice and smoke. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2018.
'Wild rose, indeed.' From its dark orange color to its too evident finishing tannins, this one runs outside the lines of expectations, but, in so doing, it carves its own path. Its aromas remind very much of toasted brioche in first impression and then add in tart cranberry notes that are equal parts vinosity and austerity. And, the yin and yang of excess and tight and typical construction just keep on coming. Acid and tannin conspire to rough up the finish, but here again, the wine delivers enough depth and conviction that it rises above the norm rather than insulting it. In the end, this is a love-it-or-hate it version of Rosé, and its high rating still leaves it as one for lovers of the style.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(roughly 60% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier and 15% chardonnay; L122738): Dark pink. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose, with rose oil and orange pith notes adding complexity. Plush, open-knit raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are braced by tangy acidity and pick up a peppery nuance with air. Shows good energy as well as heft and finishes spicy and long, with a lingering floral quality and an echo of red berries.
Wine & Spirits
More sparkling red than rosé, this blend is predominantly red grapes. It gains the deep color from an addition of still pinot noir (20 percent). The pungent scents of red fruit and rhubarb gain substantial cut from the acidity. An idiosyncratic rosé for the dark meat of birds such as roast duck or turkey.
With its vivid pink color, this wine has a strawberry flavor, and it is sweeter-tasting than in past vintages. It feels soft and textured, with layers of raspberry-driven acidity. The aftertaste has some bitterness.