Launois Brut Rose Champagne

SKU #1301162

When I first asked Séverine Launois if we could have the Launois Brut Rose Champagne for the Champagne club, she replied with a simple "No, thank you," but when I placed an order for the cases, she let me have them. I don't know if we'll ever be able to get this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne from them again, but at least we have it now! This is an unusual offering from Launois, as everything else that we have ever carried from them is all Chardonnay. The grapes are harvested from their estate in the Sézanne, a chalky piece of Champagne isolated from the rest by miles of cow grazing land. It is full bodied and loaded with fruit, and perfect for pairing for the bounty of an Indian food dinner. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2018 | Send Email
Launois Rose is a pure Pinot Noir derived wine, and the only pink bubbles from this famous Cote du Blanc House. When trying a pink Champagne I always make an oversized, bias creating judgment call right off the bat based on color (it’s not right but I always do it). The darker the pink the deeper my brow furrows assuming it is over extracted bubblegum juice (not fair I know). Launois’ rose I am happy to report is a bright coral pink and so my eyebrows went marching upward and I was proven right when I went in for deeper evaluation (this time). The brioche tones are comforting and greets you right away out of the glass while pairing gracefully with raspberry water and tiny, wild strawberries lightly pressed; all delicate but perfectly positioned. There are also some high toned herbs in the background as well; thyme and tarragon were pushing toward mint but not quite all the way. On the palate the physical presence of the moose is noticeably refined and slowly dissipates to reveal a medium weight wine. The taste is true to the bouquet with a little more presence of red fruits especially on the mid-palate. Who knew such well made rose could be found in the heart of Blanc de blancs country?

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12