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Wine Advocate Score: 94
One certainly doesn't expect to find one of Champagne's most important and profound roses to be crafted entirely from grapes grown in Cote de Blancs which, of course, is a fabled baston of Chardonnay.

This improbable masterpiece was created by Pierre Larmandier of Vertus. It was fashioned from a unique, old-vine, east facing Pinot Noir vineyard co-planted with 15% Pinot Gris. After hand sorting and crushing, the juice macerates on the skins for two or three days to give the wine its rich color (rather than blended with a bit of red still wine further on down the road). It's fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and concrete eggs, and finished with a light dosage of three grams per liter.

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The NV Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée (2018 base) will soon be disgorged, and readers will be able to identify it by its deeper, unusually saturated hue without looking at the small print. Bursting with aromas of pear, plums, orange rind and sweet berries, it's medium to full-bodied, round and enveloping, with a ripe core of fruit and the most phenolic presence I've tasted in this perennially superb cuvée. That makes this 2018 base a more vinous, gastronomic wine, which will offer interesting possibilities at the table."

THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 96 POINTS - "...A profoundly vinous Champagne of full crimson-red hue, with a breathtaking display of gorgeous rose petals, understated black cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Minerality of mouth-filling dimensions surges and froths, charged with acidity both intense and refined. An exceptional finish upholds benchmark rose petal freshness at every instant. It's as special as it is inimitable..."
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