Blanc de Rose, Rene Geoffroy
‘Blanc de Rose’ is unique in Champagne, as it is a co-maceration of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Damery and Cumieres.
Vallee de la Marne
All 2012, and as before it’s 50-50 PN/CH co-macerated, and in this vintage it starts to justify its price. Smells like those novella cucina strawberry-risotti you might remember, fruity-starchy. This is the first time I’ve groked his aim for this; it’s a rare kind of fruit-flower amalgam that recalls, actually, Cristal Rosé, though this is riotously more berried. Deg 2/2016.
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Press & Reviews
A smoky base note mixes with pure flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry puree, gumdrop and hints of graphite and ground ginger. The fine texture and vibrant acidity create an elegant impression overall. Disgorged April 2010. Drink now through 2020. 45 cases imported. –AN
(a co-fermented 50/50 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, all from 2010, aged for 30 months on its lees and disgorged in January of 2013): Pale, bright orange. Fresh raspberry and orange zest on the fragrant nose, which becomes spicier and toastier with air. Deep, focused and powerful, offering vibrant red berry and candied licorice flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Gains minerality on the impressively long finish, with the spicy qualities repeating emphatically.
This is the inaugural release of Geoffroy's new cuvée of rosé: it's a blend of 58 percent pinot noir and 42 percent chardonnay, macerated together for about 60 hours (the same amount of time as the pure pinot noir version in this vintage), and unlike his other rosé, this is dosed as an extra brut, at four grams per liter. Tasting the two rosés together is quite illuminating, as the chardonnay completely changes the wine's character. Compared with the other wine, this is perhaps equally pungent in aroma but lighter in body, introducing prominent notes of pink grapefruit and exotic citrus alongside the red-fruit fragrance. It's not necessarily more complex, but there's a different set of aromas, making this feel more multi-faceted, particularly on the long and lively finish. Last tasted: 3/10
Juniper berries, wild herbs, spices and mint are some of the many notes that emerge from the NV Brut Blanc de Rose. A beguiling, complex, eccentric wine, the Blanc de Rose is super expressive in its aromatics, but it is much more tightly wound in its structure. There is so much to like here, but readers need to be patient. The Blanc de Rose is steely and classic in its austerity, but also impeccable in its balance. Geoffroy crafts this wine from a co-fermentation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, an unusual approach in Champagne, but one that works beautifully here. This bottle was disgorged in January 2013.