Cuvée Rosé NV (Magnum)
Traditional method sparkling – hints of ripe berry, mineral, light spice & subtle anise …
BRIX AT HARVEST
Traditional method sparkling made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The nose hints at ripe red berry, mineral, light spice and subtle anise. The mousse is creamy and fine, but the wine is dry and quite bracing with a long, fine finish of fruit skin, ripe stone fruit and light toast. Sparkling wines such as this, with their hint of sugar, bright acidity and carbon dioxide have all the necessary tools to age well for years. Although delicious and perfectly appropriate to drink this wine immediately, this wine will change and mellow through 2021.
Suitable as the perfect aperitif to serve friends and family on arrival at between 5 and 8°C. This wine will pair nicely with shellfish or poached fish in pink sauces, smoked salmon or tuna tartare, charcuterie plates or antipasti. Although not sweet enough to pair with dessert, try with high fat creamy fresh and bloomy rind cheeses such as Upper Canada ricotta drizzled with honey and topped with toasted, candied nuts. Will marry nicely with fresh strawberries in season drizzled with a little aged balsamic or topped with cracked pepper.
CAROLYN EVANS HAMMOND, THE STAR
Crafted by winemaker Jean Pierre Colas from Chablis in France, it’s about half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir. It gleams the colour of wild salmon, and the fragrance lifts, spins and embraces with soft suggestions of strawberry and crushed seashell. The attack is cool and crisp with a subtle kaleidoscope of flavour and feeling. It calls to mind a sunlit porch, the spray of lemon oil as you twist the peel, a kitchen where someone is making raspberry jam. The bubbles are tiny and delicate.
And on the finish, the scent of wet stones after a cool rain lingers along with a touch of grapefruit pith that leaves the palate scraped clean. This is refined refreshment at a very good price for what it is. Score: 94. Pour this wine with smoked salmon on thin toast. (August 6, 2020)
DAVID LAWRASON, WINE ALIGN
This pours moderately deep salmon pink. The nose is quite generous with cran-rhubarb, some matchstick sulphur and light brioche. It is light to medium bodied, nicely firm and dry with a touch of sourness. Just holds the line on austerity. Steely acidity. Excellent length and focus. Tasted October 2020