Philipponnat Brut Reserve Rosée

SKU #1044199 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay and 5% pinot meunier; based on the 2007 vintage; disgorged November, 2011; LRO71320BT): Pale orange. Spicy red fruits, rose pastille and smoky minerals on the nose. Round and seamless in the mouth, offering juicy strawberry and tangerine flavors and a touch of tarragon. Deep but lively as well, showing no excess fat. Closes smooth and sappy, with excellent focus and persistence and a lingering floral quality.  (12/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lightly juicy, this well-balanced version offers a smoky base note to flavors of dried cherry, raspberry, and raw almond, with a rich hint of peach pie. Lively, with bright acidity creating a firm backbone. Disgorged July 2012. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases made.  (7/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The performance of Philipponnat's NV Brut Reserve Rosee Disg. 3/2013 (yes, spelled with two "e"s) fascinates but also puzzles me a bit, since in principle this represents more or less "the same" cuvee as the Brut Reserve tasted alongside, except with the addition of some still Pinot Noir. But then, I'm forced to remind myself that one can never change just a single aspect of a wine, since each addition or subtraction potentially influences the expression of myriad components. In any case, this rose not only adds tart-edged, highly stimulating fresh red raspberry and rhubarb to the luscious juiciness of white peach, but also somehow engenders a sense of mid-palate sap, finishing persistence, and intrigue - by way of subtly, nobly fungal suggestions as well as hints of chalk - that its "white" counterpart lacked. This ought to remain delicious over the next couple of years.  (11/ 2013)

Antonio Galloni

 The NV Brut Reserve Rosé is another attractive, entry-level wine from Philipponnat. Tangerine, flower and mint notes all take shape in the glass. This version of the Rosé is bright, gracious and very nicely delineated, with lovely balance and plenty of early appeal. The flavors have begun to move just slightly beyond primary, so I wouldn't hold on this for more than 2-3 years. The current release is based on 2007 with the addition of 24% reserve wines, and was disgorged in July 2012.  (5/ 2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.