Champagne Rose, Goutorbe
cépage 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
assemblage 2012 Base, with 25% 2011-2010
info/source 100% Aÿ Grand Cru, old vines
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 20 Month
Vallee de la Marne
Now with a 2012 base, deg 10/2015, this is really pretty, malt and strawberry, but withal it’s fresh and sleek; like early-season cherry tomatoes. Tasted great with Paté en Croute but I tried manfully not to be swayed.
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Press & Reviews
Once again, Goutorbe’s NV Brut Rose Grand Cru is the best wine in this lineup. Layers of fruit flow gracefully from this big, powerful wine. Even with all the fruit, the Rose boasts substantial energy and sheer heft, all of which contribute to its intense, vinous personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Disgorgement date: July 2012.
A vinous style, with its violet and ripe black cherry notes and supple structure suggesting a fine Volnay, offering hints of crème de cassis, spice and candied lemon zest. Very juicy and well-focused. Disgorged December 2010. Drink now through 2018. –AN
(all Ay fruit and all from 2009; aged on its lees for two years and disgorged in January, 2013): Pale orange. Sexy, smoke-tinged aromas of raspberry, orange zest and potpourri. Silky in texture and impressively pure, offering sappy red berry and brioche flavors and suave floral pastille and spicecake accents. Gains weight with air and picks up a bitter cherry quality that carries through the impressively long, spicy finish. The blend of richness and vivacity here is striking.
(13% chardonnay with the balance in pinot noir). This is elegant, pure and lilting with fruit but this
is not a rosé where the predominant notes are strawberry or raspberry; rather, here the nose is based on ultra pure pinot fruit
that is classy and complex. There is relatively strong effervescence, which imparts a highly refreshing character to the flavors
that are deep, long and serious. This is a lovely effort that would go great with food as there is sufficient depth on the crisp,
clean, dry and lingering finish. Terrific and a rosé that could be drunk now with enormous pleasure or cellared for up to
another decade. 92/2011+
The NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru is round, expressive and nicely layered. Crushed raspberries, dried flowers, spices and mint are all woven together in the glass. Overall, this is a soft, floral Rosé best suited to near-term drinking. The Rosé has often been my favorite wine in the Goutorbe lineup. This is another strong showing. The Rosé is 51% Pinot Noir, 14% still Pinot and 35% Chardonnay. This bottle was disgorged in January 2013.