Delamotte Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1042474 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright orange-pink. Spicy raspberry and blood orange aromas are complicated by chalky minerals and fresh flowers. Taut, sappy red berry flavors pack a serious punch, with refreshingly bitter citrus zest and white pepper notes providing added lift. This tight, concentrated pink Champagne has the verve to work with sashimi or raw shellfish.  (12/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich with aromas of wood smoke and forest floor, this creamy, finely textured version is enlivened by well-meshed acidity and flavors of poached plum, white cherry, peach and ground anise and ginger. Drink now through 2018.  (7/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A product of maceration, and 80% Pinot Noir co-fermented with Chardonnay, Delamotte-s NV Brut Rose L10312 is surprisingly orange in color, but its aromas and flavors remind me of the other outstanding bottlings I tasted from this house alongside, incorporating as it does high-toned nut essences; succulent apple and melon fruit - here with hints of strawberry and orange rind; and revealing in its finish a rich, sweet-saline lobster shell reduction that tugs at the salivary glands. This hasn-t quite the textural finesse of those others, as there is a faint sense of black tea smokiness seguing into tanninity; but at the same time, raising the residual sugar to eight grams really doesn-t assuage that, whereas it does engender a slight, detached sense of overt sweetness. But paired carefully, this should serve very well over at least the next couple of years. (DS)  (11/2013)

Wine & Spirits

 The copper color and the meatiness of this rosé place it in the flavor world of charred roast beef. It’s pale and austere, with a hint of faded roses, firm enough to serve with red meat.  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay co-fermented.

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- 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.