Champagne Brut Rose, A. Margaine
cépage 75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir
assemblage Chardonnay 2014, Pinot Noir 15% white wine and 10% red wine from 2014 and 2009.
info/source Villers-Marmery 1er Cru
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 24 months
Montagne de Reims
Arnaud’s energetic daughter Mathilde hinted she might wish to change the label on this wine, whereupon we all made Edvard Munch Scream faces and pleaded with her to leave it be. In any case the wine, after suffering from 2011’s predations, is strongly back in form the past two years. Base of 2014, it’s 75% CH, 13% PN and 10% still red PN. Disg 12/2016, this is a sheer version of this dewy-fruited being, all class and spring water purity. It’s as pretty as strawberries you never forgot because they were so divine.
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Press & Reviews
Clean veins of chalky minerality support the fruit in the NV Brut Rose. A vibrant, intensely perfumed wine, the Rose impresses for its energy, cut and focus. This is far from an easygoing wine, rather it is a Rose that demands to be served at the dinner table. Sweet floral notes add lift, but this remains a distinctly focused Rose all about tension and pure drive. Margaine’s Rose is 78% Chardonnay, 11% Pinot Noir and 11% still Pinot, all from the 2009 vintage. Disgorgement date: July 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Juicy, with firm acidity and a spicy vein of minerality backing the flavors of cherry puree, pastry, mulled plum and pomegranate. Lightly frothy in texture, showing hints of almond skin and fruit on the finish. Drink now through 2015. -A.N.
(76% chardonnay and 24% pinot noir; aged for 15 months on its lees and disgorged in July, 2013): Light, bright pink. Powerful red fruit and floral pastille aromas are lifted by notes of chalky minerals and white pepper. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and tangerine flavors and a touch of candied fig. Picks up a smoky quality on the spice-accented finish, which shows impressive energy and thrust.
The latest release of Margaine's rosé is based on the 2007 vintage: 80 percent of it is the Spécial Club blend from 2007, while eight percent is pinot noir from 2007, vinified en blanc, and 12 percent pinot noir vinified as red wine, divided between 2007 and 2005. "The 2005 [red wine] was closed, so I didn't use it [in the past],” says Margaine, "but now its fruitiness has come out more, so I like it in the blend." This feels luscious and mouthfillingly fragrant while remaining firmly tethered by brisk acidity, its flavors of strawberries and cream persisting with finesse and length. It’s absolutely delicious to drink, and has only become even more so since it was first released last summer. Last tasted: 3/10
The NV Brut Rosé is generous, rich and resonant. Layers of fruit blossom in the glass as the wine shows off its personality and class. Sweet red cherries, pomegranate flowers and mint all flow through to the intense, creamy finish. A beautiful and impeccably balanced wine, the Brut Rosé is firing on all cylinders today. The blend is 76% Chardonnay and 24% Pinot Noir (including 11% still Pinot), based on 2011, with still Pinot from 2007 and 2009. The Rosé was disgorged in July 2013.