NV Henri Giraud Grand Cru ‘Aÿ Fût de Chêne’ MV Brut Rosé$258.00VN 94Vinous 94: A rich, sumptuous wine, the NV Fût de Chêne Rosé captures the essence of the Giraud house style. Rich, flamboyant and exotic, it possesses remarkable depth and textural resonance. Two years after its disgorgement, it is starting to show the first signs of aromatic development. I expect it will have a shorter maturation curve than some of the other wines in this range, but it is also exceptionally polished and expressive today. This release is 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay, with 8 percent still Pinot. Dosage is 7.5 grams per liter. Disgorged January 2015.
2019 Osmote Pet-Nat$25.00Tasting Notes This is Pet Nat! Turned up all the way to 11. Made from Cayuga White, an heirloom variety developed particularly for the Finger Lakes by Cornell University in the 1950s. These grapes are picked early season to deliver orchard fruits and crisp acidity. Fermented in the bottle, this wine is sparkling and precise.
2007 Billecart-Salmon ‘Cuvée Elisabeth’ Champagne Brut Rosé$240.00WS 94WA 97Wine Spectator 94: An elegant rosé Champagne, fresh and focused, with the silky mousse carrying a fine range of nectarine and white cherry fruit, underscored by grated ginger, marzipan and saline flavors. Offers a lingering, creamy finish. Drink now through 2027.Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 97: Created in 1988 as a tribute to one of the house’s founders, Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon's iconic 2007 Millésime Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth displays a beautifully radiant, shimmering orange-salmon color. The bouquet of this Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend is as intense as it is delicate and vinous, displaying red and yellow-fleshed fruit intertwined with floral, chalky and citrus notes as well as a noble sur lie character. Round, lush and delicate on the palate, this is a highly elegant, charming, beautifully balanced rosé with great finesse and amazingly fine grip on the long yet pure, tensioned, well-structured and stimulatingly salty finish. This rosé Champagne is close to perfection! A small percentage of the Pinot Noir—from old vines in the south-facing Valofroy parcel in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ—was vinified as red wine and added to give this unique color and vinosity. The other Pinots are sourced in the grand crus Verzenay and Aÿ, and the Chardonnay comes from grand crus in the Côte des Blancs, namely Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger.