About Brut Rose

About Brut Rose
Although Rosé Champagne accounts for little more than 10% of overall Champagne production, it is arguably the trendiest style of Champagne. While a definition of Rosé Champagne (all are made in a Brut style with lower dosage) is difficult, what every rosé Champagne has in common is its color, ranging from pale salmon and copper to bright pink.

Rosé Champagnes are made by one of two processes: either assemblage, where still red wine is added to the Champagne or by the saignée (literally “bleeding”) where the color of the Champagne is derived from skin contact. Rosés can be made from 100% red grapes –Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier or can even be primarily Chardonnay; thus there are many different styles. As red grapes add more weight to the wine, rosé Champagnes are better suited to pairing with meat and game.

Top Picks for Brut Rose

R. Stuart NV Rosé dOr Sparkling Willamette Valley
92 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of cherry mostarda, melon, lemon curd, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long lingonberry tart, candied citrus peel, pressed flowers, and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A robust and character rich rose sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
Schlumberger 2017 Brut Rosé Austria
88 points
Amber beige color. Aromas of dried apricot and raspberry with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled white peach, mango lassi, strawberry granola, allspice, and lime zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp, refreshing sparkler with sophisticated notes of apricot and spice.
88 points $27.99
The Diver NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
88 points
Medium light siam color. Aromas of watermelon and biscuit with a soft, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk green strawberry and key lime finish. A spritzy rose sparkler for beginning the outdoor festivities.
88 points $16.99
Le Grand Noir NV Sparkling Brut Rosé France
87 points
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas of golden apple, navel orange, heirloom tomato, strawberry tops, and pickled watermelon with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and a medium-length ground nuts, strawberry jelly, and graphite finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy rose sparkler that refreshes.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy