Laurent Godard Ores Champagne Rosé Brut NV
- Rich, complex
Champagne is all about tradition until it isn’t. Rosé Champagne was considered an absolute novelty until a few producers started doing it well and getting recognition for it. Now it’s a staple in most every producer’s range. Laurent Godard has now taken Rosé Champagne and flipped it on its head, starting something new again.
The winery takes the classic blend of pinot meunier (48%), pinot noir (32%) and chardonnay (20%), but adds a unique twist. Generally in Champagne, the red grapes don’t see much skin contact, so there isn’t a lot of colour drawn out. But Laurent Godard includes about 20% actual red wine within the portion of pinot noir. This is only done in favourable years and only from a pre-selected block in the vineyard. The proof is in the pudding so to speak. The final cuvée is quite powerful and generous with notes of candied citrus and fresh pastry. There’s structure on the palate along with hints of quince and strawberry. This a Champagne that is meant for food, pairing well with anything that would work with traditional pinot noir.
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- 48% Pinot Meunier 32% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay
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