This Champagne Paul Clouet Rosé was actually selected for a birthday toast earlier this year, but we did so much celebrating out and about that we never did open the bottle. Now we want to be sure to taste it before the year gets away from us.
Trying wines from different places, made with different grapes, and produced by different methods adds spice to our monthly ritual. Since 2007 we have raised a glass of sparkling wine to greet each new month!
Here's what our research has told us about Champagne Paul Clouet Rosé.
First of all, tasters' notes on this wine were all over the place. Ed said it made him wonder if they were all tasting the same wine. But the good news is they all liked it!
- Bruce McNamee of Boutique Wines called it, "... rich and floral, perfumed with rose, raspberry, and blackcurrant ... refreshing, fruit driven Rosé d’assemblage is ideal on a warm summer [?] it is also a good dessert companion."
- The review at Mel & Rose said, "I like this Champagne's marriage of power and finesse."
- Over at Paul Clouet their tasting notes say, "With a nice scent of Pinot Noble, this rosé blend is a tender wine, long and racy with a delicious fruity. A wine aperitif but especially a wine that has its place throughout the meal."
- As for the production notes, Paul Clouet says, "The Rosé Paul Clouet is a rosé blend, part of the red wine of Bouzy, used for the development of its Coteaux Champenois red is incorporated into a blend of white wines. The first fermentation takes place in thermoregulated stainless steel vats, ensuring optimum preservation of the primary aromas of the grapes. After this first fermentation and before bottling, approximately 12% of Bouzy red wine is incorporated into the basic blend. After the draw, the foam and aging in the cellar are done under classic corking.
After disgorging, the Rosé benefits from a measured dosage and then rests for 6 months in the cellar before shipment, time necessary to allow the wine to assimilate the sugar of the liqueur of expedition and to find its equilibrium."
We purchased our bottle at City Liquors in Cambridge for ~$62. Here's the back label which will help if you're trying to find this wine in another area. When you take a photo of a wine with the hope of finding that wine for your own collection, be sure to take the BACK label as well. That one is more help to your wine merchant.
12/02/17 UPDATE with our tasting notes
With the pop of a cork, we eased out of a hectic November hoping for a calmer, quieter December and took our first sips of Paul Clouet Rosé. After a slight pause, I heard, “I am loving this wine!” Penny was right, and it only got better from there.
As the Champagne warmed (55º to 60º+) with Penny on the high end, we began to relax. This bubbly paired well with our choice of Asian food along with some bitter-sweet chocolate for dessert.
Alright December – so far, so good!
Campagne Paul Clouet Rosé is our second winner from Transatlantic Bubbles adding to a list of trusted names (Neil Rosenthal, Kermit Lynch, Terry Theise, Oz Wines ...) that we look for on the back label of wine bottles.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: ©2017 Penny & Ed Cherubino