What’s the best bottle of pink bubbles (Ok, Rosé Champagne) in the market right now? Barons de Rothschild Brut Rosé NV gets my vote. Every time I taste (Ok, drink) it, my score goes up. In the last several months, I have tasted a lot of Rosé Champagne (including Krug and Dom Perignon, Perrier Jouet Fleur, Charles Heidsieck, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Henriot, and Billecart, and plethora of growers. I have had some that get close but none at any price that match or beat (to my taste) the way that Barons de Rothschild is tasting now. And the most shocking thing is how young Rothschild is as a Champagne house. They were founded in 2007 and went into the Champagne market to buy reserve wines so they could get started on making top level wines sooner. A fat check book will do that for you. They are off to a glorious start.
BARONS de ROTHSCHILD Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV ($94.99)
A base blend of 85% Grand Cru Chardonnay from the Cote du Blancs villages of Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Oger and Vertus with 15% still red Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, with 40% reserve wines. Aged over 3 years on its yeasts. Salmon-orange in color; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and very light phenolics. Richer with more red fruit. Lots of fruit and lots of toasty richness with enough chalky minerality to keep it elegant. Long and quite food friendly sparkling wine that is very much a product of the Cote de Blancs and its high proportion of Chardonnay. This is Champagne to keep. Better every time I drink it. BearScore: 97.