Champagne Barons de Rothschild Rosé NV
92 points, “This ripe, red-fruit-flavoured wine is smooth and juicy. Its fruitiness is balanced by the filigree of acidity and minerality to give a rich wine that is also elegant.” – Wine Enthusiast
Elegance is very much the thread that joins all the wines from the Rothschild stable. Delicate, complex and creamy, Champagne Barons de Rothschild Rosé is like bottled springtime. Strawberries, rose petals, lemon zest, chamomile, honey on toast, fresh cream, raspberry sorbet and a long, mineral, almost Chablis-esque finish. Crafted using Chardonnay almost entirely from Grand Cru sites in Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims; it’s aged on the lees for at least three years and a further six months after disgorgement. It’s tension and freshness make it a wonderful Champagne for food that is sure to delight with anything from canapés to strawberries and cream, and almost everything in between.
Like most of us, the Rothschild family adore Champagne. So much so, that they used to create their own special cuvées using wines from Henriot and Ruinart. Inspired by these wines, in 2007 they built their very own Champagne house on the prestigious Boulevard Lundy in Reims. “The wines are very impressive… The house style shows resemblance to the wines from Henriot and Taittinger,” according to the highly respected Champagne expert Richard Juhlin. But what more would you expect from the family that gave the world Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild?
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.
£9.6 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3169327
Style No.: 787756
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