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Champagne Christian Bourmault 'R de Rosa' 1er Cru

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Sparkling wine. Champagne, France. Organic. 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir. "Christian Bourmault “R de Rosa” non-vintage Brut Rosé is composed of ninety-five percent chardonnay from Cuis and five percent pinot noir from Cumières, with the pinot noir taking its color from some skin contact prior to fermentation. The wine is primarily from the base year of 2014, but thirty percent of the chardonnay is from the previous year of 2013. All of the vins clairs for this bottling undergo an extended elevage in cask prior to bottling up for secondary fermentation in July of 2015, so this was eight months for the 2014 vins clairs and twenty months for the thirty percent of chardonnay from the 2013 vintage! All of the vins clairs undergo malo in barrel. The wine was disgorged in October of 2018 and finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. This current release of R de Rosa is a fairly pale salmon color and delivers a very refined and vibrant bouquet of strawberries, cherries, chalky minerality, brioche, almond and a gentle touch of fresh nutmeg in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and complex, with pinpoint bubbles, lovely balance and grip and a long, refined and beautifully balanced finish. This is very, very fine juice! 2020-2040." — 92 Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #87 (May/June 2020)