Trudon "Rosephile" Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1301129 Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This producer, based in the Marne Valley, concentrates naturally on Meunier in his Champagnes. This rosé is soft, ripe with strawberry fruits that have a crisp edge of red currants. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

Jerome Trudon's "Rosephile" Brut Rosé Champagne shows the charming, elegant side of his craft in the best possible light. It is entirely Meunier, with 7% vinified red from a massal-selected plot over 60 years of age. I wrote 'Luxardo cherry' in all caps in my notebook and this wine has fantastic purity of fruit, but a finish that is dry and balanced. He decided to do only 30% malolactic fermentation on this batch to preserve its snap and refreshment. Be careful, this is very easy to drink and the second glass tastes better than the first! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Philip Roufail | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2023 | Send Email
This is delicious! It's always an adventure to see how talented and experienced winemakers craft 100% Pinot Meunier champagnes. Once hidden in the fine print, Meunier recent ascent as a single variety sparkler has transformed the champagne aisle almost as much as climate change. If you read our emails, you know Jérôme Trudon spent twelve years making champagne at a little Champagne house called Louis Roederer and his "Rosephile" Brut Rose is a testament to his advanced skills. Where to start? This is one of those wines that has strong seductive aromatics that match what you get on the palate - an explosion of ripe red fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and brioche. I can't recall a rose champagne that has as much red fruit character. Great for summer!

By: Alex Leonardini | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2023 | Send Email
The Trudon "Rosephile" Brut Rose is 100% Meunier and a perfect example of the quality that the oft-overlooked grape can achieve. Softly textured yet snappy due to undergoing only 30% malo, the wine is loaded with raspberry, redcurrant, and crushed rosepetal aromatics. Ripe strawberry and cherry flavors burst on the palate while an undertone of red flowers and crushed rocks carry the soft, juicy finish. This is absolutely delicious Brut Rose.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2023 | Send Email
I love this Rose Champagne: it tastes incredible, it's inexpensive, and it demonstrates how versatile 100% Munier Champagne can be. The nose is a fountain of fruit with red apple, super fresh strawberries, and dried cranberry. The palate doubles down on that fruitiness with intense cherries, bramble berries, and cassis. There's a touch of that herbal/savory characteristic that Munier is often known for, but the leading notes across the board are those powerful red fruits invigorated by zippy acidity.

By: Zaitouna Kusto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2023 | Send Email
Even though this rosé from Trudon is 100% Meunier, it's really like 93% Munier vinified as a white and 7% vinified as a red (that 7% comes from a 60 year old massal-selected plot, by the way), mixed together. Because of this, the color is stunning but the taste is even more incredible. Overripe strawberries, rhubarb, and brioche on the nose, this gorgeous rosé is creamy, brioche-y, and bright at the same time. Delicious on its own but especially yummy with ceviche.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2023 | Send Email
This is a beautiful rosé champagne from the Marne region in Champagne. It has very pretty flavors of white cherry and strawberries, highlighted by herbs, creamy chalkiness and racy acidity. A delightful addition to our import portfolio at under $35.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2023 | Send Email
This is a wonderful dry rose. It has a beautiful dark pink color. In the mouth it is complex and dry, with nice roundness and a depth of flavor, with berry flavors the most pronounced. It should give pleasure to any fan of rose Champagnes.

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2023 | Send Email
The nose on the "Rosephile" reminds me of cherry nougat almond cookies. There is a touch of a savory rosemary oil in the mid and a skin contact grip that that stands out. This is a great champagne for a elaborate charcuterie board.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2018 | Send Email
This is the only pure Meunier rose that we have that has been made by blending red wine with white. About 91% of the base is pressed gently to make the white wine, while 9% is sourced from over 60 year old vines and made as red. The result is a rose Champagne with decadent luxardo cherry flavor, balanced by a precise, fine bead and very good minerality. The finish is dry and long- a very impressive Champagne.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2017 | Send Email
If you've read some of my other reviews, you may have noticed my slight obsession with Meunier dominant champagne. I think the grape adds a little depth and suppleness to such high acid wines, but by no means has the driven, mouthwatering acidity been lost in the fineness of the Rosephile. More than half of the wine is from the tough, yet highly valued 2012 vintage mixed with reserve wine. It is concentrated and complex with an undertone of floral elements that interact ceremoniously with a chalky minerality that sticks to the back palate.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
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I love how this champagne is Pinot Meunier dominant, as I feel this bottle is a perfect expression of how tasty and greatly fruit forward this grape variety could be in a nice bottle of Champagne. Worth a try, especially if you're a single varietal nerd like myself.

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