Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1059525

This rosé bottling is 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Verzenay, the northernmost of all the Grand Crus, in this northernmost of French wine regions. The whole village faces north, the wrong way, away from the sun, and yet miraculously ripens Pinot Noir, the most difficult Champagne variety to ripen perfectly. Some say it's because of a meteor that in prehistoric times hit the area that is now the village, creating the faux de Verzenay, a forest where the trees bend and fold in on themselves like a dark wood in The Lord of the Rings. The wine is made by assembling multiple vintages and red Coteaux Champenoises sourced from old vines. This lovely Rosé Champagne offers hints of raspberry, strawberry, and red currant. It is refined on the palate where the berry notes unfurl into subtle notes of grenadine.

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Price: $36.99

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
This is a rosé with all of the charm and complexity you would expect from Patrick Arnould in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay. The pinot noir shows power but also freshness and elegance. There are rich raspberry and strawberry flavors, a creamy texture on the palate, and subtle savory autolytic notes from the time on lees. I have just as much fun just smelling this as I do actually drinking it, so it usually takes me awhile to get through the glass. ​

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2018 | Send Email
The value that Patrick Arnould delivers with this top-notch rosé is mind boggling. This is the only rosé Champagne that I have ever had that is exclusively Pinot Noir, but made by blending wines that are vinified white with wines that are vinified red. Patrick is very proud of his Burgundian clones in his best exposed vineyard plot that he uses to make the red wine that gives this Champagne its color and flavor. This rosé has dark cherry authority as well as complex savor from that high quality vineyard. It also has easy refreshment and a dry chalky finish from the rest of his Grand Cru estate vineyard that makes the white Pinot portion. A must try for every rosé fan, and a stunning value.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
An amazing expression of what high quality Pinot Noir from Champagne can accomplish. This rosé delivers a wine with power and finesse, full rich red fruit and bright fresh acidity. Upfront the nose is full of strawberries in fresh cream, leading into a savory cassis character. Broad and weighty on the palate, hard candy and blackberry abound. Cleaned up around the edges with precise acidity that lifts the wine and makes it one of the most well-rounded rosés we carry.

By: Ed Donovan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2014 | Send Email
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Tasted this at the San Francisco store and promptly took one home for dinner. This is a great, and versatile, food wine. About 15% of the blend is vinified red, which gives it the stuffing to stand up to a variety of foods, but it is still elegant with persistent bubbles carrying the berry fruits along. Duck confit salad with cherries would be a perfect match. 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir for $35? Yes, please!

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