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Réserve Rosée is true to the tradition of style at the House of Philipponnat where taste takes precedence over colour, combining intensity, freshness, and elegance. A non-vintage wine like the Royale Réserve, Réserve Rosée abides by the historic tradition of style at the House of Philipponnat. The majority of the blend comprises the rich and powerful grapes from the beautiful vineyards of Montagne de Reims in Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay and its three year ageing process gives it a pleasant complexity without taking anything away from its freshness. This fine rosé is dry yet fruity with hints of strawberries, red currants, and candied mandarin. It makes a lovely accompaniment for smoked meats and fish, pork butchery, as well as desserts made with red berries, or simply on its own.
Pure cuvée of Pinot Noir (50 to 60 %), of Chardonnay (25 to 30 %) and Pinot Meunier (15 to 20 %). The colour comes from 7 to 8% of red Pinot Noir grapes from our own vineyards, generally from Clos des Goisses, at Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Reserve wines: 20 to 35%, these are blended again every year in a "Solera" fashion in order to incorporate older wines without loosing freshness.
Traditional. Malolactic fermentation is systematically sought after, except for a fraction of wines which are fermented in wooden casks. The red Pinot Noir is made from "free-run" juice, macerated for 12 to 14 days and used in light proportions (7 to 8 %) in order to obtain a delicately colored rosé, but one with character and distinctive taste. The dosage is kept small (9 grams/litre) in order to preserve a harmonious balance of dryness, freshness and fruitiness.
Around 3 years on the yeast, much longer than the 15 months legal minimum. All wines are given three months between disgorgement and shipping. Each bottle bears its disgorgement date on its back label.
Appearance: Light pink, slightly salmony color that can become coppery over time. Delicate and creamy bubbles. Nose : Berrylike with nuances of cherry and wild strawberry. With time, some hints of mandarin and pink grapefruit rind will develop. Palate: Fine clean attack. Full and long mouth, prolonged by a good acidity and a light astringency that brings out the fruit.
A non-vintage wine, the Réserve Rosée is meant to be appreciated before it loses its youthful fruitiness. Nevertheless, the quality of the blend will allow it to mature nicely for a few years in a cool dark cellar. Serve at 8-9 °C.
An ideal match for smoked fish, smoked meats (ham, bacon), pâtés and pink meats (veal, lamb). With desserts, one should avoid very sweet recipes, favoring simple red berries, served either alone or in soups. It is also lovely as an aperitif or on its own.
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