Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru Extra Brut
This cuvée is produced from the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes picked in Vertus, where the two varieties grow together in the same plot of old vines. It’s made by macerating the berries for a few days, a technique not commonly used in Champagne.
Vinification and maturation
This technique is rarely used in Champagne: the Pinot grapes are selected on a sorting table, partially destemmed and then macerated for 2 to 3 days. After that, come the natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeasts) in a tank or in concrete eggs, the malolactic fermentation and then the maturation on the lees for nearly a year. The tirage is carried out at the end of July.
The wine is aged for at least another 2 years in the cellars, and the bottles are disgorged 6 months before being marketed with a discreet dosage of 3 g/l.
Rosé de Saignée
In Champagne, most rosés are obtained by blending white wine with a little Champagne-appellation red wine.
Rosé de saignée, on the contrary, is made by using direct maceration of the Pinot Noir grapes. This method of vinification is more demanding and requires perfectly ripe grapes. This is the true rosé.
An original rosé with notes of fruit and flowers
This Rosé Champagne is ideal as an aperitif and also with a tuna-fish tartare or delicate meats.
The Wine Advocate – August 2018 – Stephan Reinhard – 90 points
« The NV Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru Extra Brut is predominantly based on Pinot Noir and a bit of Pinot Gris, all cultivated in Vertus, which is a former Pinot Noir village anyway. The recent issue of this salmon colored wine is entirely based on the 2015 vintage whose grapes were macerated for two to four hours, fermented […] and aged in concrete eggs for ten months before the bottling in late June. The wine shows a very delicate, fresh, precise and vinous bouquet of red fruits along with floral aromas. Perfectly round and fruity but also floral on the palate, with licorice flavors, this is an intense yet pure and elegant rosé with a full body and taste at 12.5% alcohol. The family recommends pairing this wine with raw tuna or salmon. Disgorged in December 2017.»