Champagne Rose de Saignee Brut, Geoffroy
cépage 69% Chardonnay and 31% Pinot Noir
info/source Cumières 1er Cru. Very chalky soil with a shallow layer of topsoil.
Selection of the best plots of Chardonnay from the terroir of
Cumières 1er Cru (‘Montagne,’ ‘Chênes,’ ‘Tournemidi’)
élevage 50% French demi-muids casks and barrique, 50% enameled tank
sur latte 84 months
Vallee de la Marne
The 2009 was also disgorged à-la-minute and we tasted it without dosage. It’s 69% CH and 31% PN; exotic, fragrant and beautiful—and balanced even without dosage (though it won’t be bottled quite so naked); yellow fruits, white flowers, almost sumptuous. This is establishing a track record as one of Champagnes great wines, offering character, yumminess and value
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Press & Reviews
A hint of malt adds a rich layer to the flavors of ripe fruit—black cherry, berries, grilled plum, whole-grain toast and smoke—all set on a refined texture. An elegant, flavorful rosé, with lovely, fine-tuned acidity. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2018. 302 cases imported. –AN
(all 2010 wine from Cumieres; disgorged in February, 2013 after 30 months on its lees): Light, bright pink. Spicy red berries, potpourri and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. The palate offers sappy raspberry and musky cherry pit flavors that show a refreshingly bitter edge. The spicy quality comes back on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and focus.
An exuberantly fruity nose of
strawberry, raspberry and cherry leads to utterly delicious, intense and well-detailed flavors that are supported by a moderately
firm mousse that possesses a relatively fine bead, particularly for a rosé, all wrapped in a clean and agreeably dry finish that
exudes a subtle saline character. This is really lovely as it’s both bracing and refreshing plus it displays fine depth. This could
be enjoyed now or held for a few years first.
The NV Brut Rosé de Saignée is a bit more delicate and forward in its bouquet than the Blanc de Rose. Here the flavors are of course much more Pinot-inflected, with hints of earthiness, sweet tobacco and dried flowers that caress the palate. I especially like the way the Rosé de Saignée blossoms on the mid-palate and finish. Today, the Rosé de Saignée is a bit more accessible than the Blanc de Rose, but also slightly more forward as well. This bottle was disgorged in February 2013.