Achille Princier Champagne Grande Tradition NV Rosé - LAST 2 BOTTLES
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Product Code: 10109/ROSE
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A remarkable rosé Grower Champagne! One star in the French wine bible Guide Hachette 2015 edition. Delicious.
Winemaker Maxime Mansard is the fifth generation of winemakers. This family used to sell grapes to the big Champagne huses but now grows their own grapes to make thier own Champagne (hence the term "Grower Champagne")
Region/Terroir: This wine is produced from 66 different parcels of vines in 10 communes extending across 24 hectares in the Marne Valley near Epernay. This dividing up of the vineyards is a major plus as it allows an "assemblage" of wines. This enables the producer to achieve a balance between freshness and complexity by blending different parcels, and ensuring a consistent but unique style for Champagne Achille Princier.
Grapes: This champagne is a mixture of 3 varieties: Pinot Noir 50%, Pinot Meunier 15% Chardonnay 20% and Coteaux champenois rouge 15% (a red wine is made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes grown within the Champagne region and then blended with the parcels made for other Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes made into Champagne in the usual way).
The average age of the vines is more than 30 years old (the youngest are 7 years old and the oldest 84!). Pinot Meunier brings an intense bouquet, a freshness on the pallet and often described as giving a "fruitiness" and a "roundness" to the wine. Pinot Noir gives aromas of red fruits and a more marked/stronger structure. Finally Chardonnay adds a freshness on the pallet, and a finesse and elegance.
Wine making: Made by traditional méthode champenoise. From vineyard management to picking to pressing to bottling, the grapes and resulting wines are looked after meticulously. Only the first pressings of the grapes are used to ensure finesse for the Champagne and the wines that are keep for future blending. The bottles are rested for many years in traditional underground caves at a constant temperature.
Our tasting notes: A splendid deep salmon colour. Has an initial freshness and a broad pallet of red small fruits (strawberries, raspberries) and blackcurrant/cassis. The delicious finish is clean and remarkable in its finesse which brings together this classy and harmonious product. It has a definite wow factor.
Accolades: 1 star in the 2015 Guide Hachette.
Our translation of the Guide Hachette summary: "The majority of the blend of this rosé is noirs (50% pinot noir and 15% pinot meunier). It presents a nose of red fruits as intense as it is pleasant. In the mouth it seduces with its balance, its freshness and its length."
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Item number: 10109/Rose