The Glass guide to sparkling and Champagne rosé

SPARKLING rosé is an extremely versatile drink. It’s ideal for those hot summer days in the garden, special occasions or simply as an aperitif, and there’s a bottle for each taste. With winemakers now paying more attention to rosé than ever, we’ve decided to carefully curate a guide that takes you through a great selection of sparkling & champagne rosé from well known winemakers to the lesser known independents. Whether you enjoy something light and fruity or a dry brüt, read on to see our guide.

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé bottle

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé 

Price: £64.99 

ABV: 12%

Laurent-Perrier is a household name in the world of things champagne and fizz. This Cuvée Rosé boasts the forward-thinking nature of Laurent-Perrier, as it was made when rosé champagne was still making its name for itself. It’s pink colour comes from the 100% Pinot Noir blend that gives the rosé a distinct red berry flavour and an aromatic complexity. The wine is cellar aged for a minimum of five years before being bottled, adding to its depth. Although this rosé is most popularly enjoyed as an aperitif, it also pairs delightfully with seafood, red mean, berry-based desserts and Asian cuisine. Make sure you serve it chilled between 8º to 10º for optimum enjoyment. 

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé can be purchased here.

Mirabeau en Provence La Folie Sparkling Rosé

Mirabeau en Provence La Folie Sparkling Rosé

Price: £14.99

ABV: 11.5%

If you’re looking for a good quality bottle of sparkling rosé which is reasonably priced, then Mirabeau en Provence La Folie is truly the the bottle for all occasions. This delicate pink rosé hails from Luberon in central Provence and offers itself as the ideal aperitif or dinner accompaniment. Sitting on the drier side of sparkling rosé, La Folie is expressive with red berry fruits, grapefruit and exotic pineapple on the nose, whilst bursting with flavours of strawberry, raspberry and a citrus twist on the palate. This sparkling rosé offers a true taste of the South of France and should be a household staple for lovers of sparkling wine with meals. It’s also worth noting that Mirabeau en Provence are specialists in all things rosé, and their full range is ideal for anyone looking to indulge. 

Mirabeau en Provence La Folie is available to purchase here.

Hattingley Valley 2015 Rosé bottle

Hattingley Valley 2015 Rosé

Price: £36.00

ABV: 12%

This vegan-friendly bottle of sparkling rosé from English winemakers Hattingley Valley is made from beautifully ripe pinot grapes, giving it a crisp and fruity flavour. 2015 was a special year, and Hattingley Valley were able to harvest some of the finest British grapes despite the slightly cooler weather conditions. Both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are whole-bunch pressed whilst ripe, meaning the flavours have been allowed to mature and develop over time.

The blend is fermented in old white Burgundy barrels, then softened before being topped with 2%  of Pinot Précoce which gives thes rosé it’s rich pink colour. It is then fermented a second time for 37 months which gives the wine its unique flavours which lend themselves in the tasting notes of this wonderful bottle. Think fresh, juicy strawberries and cream, with a perfect balance of acidity. 

For purchase details, please visit their website.

Nyetimber Sparkling Rosé bottle

Nyetimber Sparkling Rosé

Price: £39.99

ABV: 12%

This rosé uses a blend of three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. British sparkling wines are booming, and Nyetimber is no different as this rosé is one of many great sparkling wines they offer in their range. This bottle is a wonderful blend of fresh red fruits with notes of lavender and anise. On the palate, it’s creamy and rounded with a stimulating mix of redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours. This sparkling rosé is perfectly paired with seafood.  

For purchase details, please visit their website.

A couple of glasses of Krone Cuvéee Brut Rosé

Krone Cuvéee Brut Rosé 

Price: £19.40

ABV: 12%

This 2017 vintage tells the story of a great grape harvest in the Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate in Tulbagh, South Africa. Krone’s Cuvéee Brut Rosé is made with a traditional mix of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, which are bottle-fermented before further maturing in an underground cellar.  The rosé is a salmon pink colour with a complex floral aroma. Notes of pomegranate and cranberry dance on the palate followed by a finish of candied orange and white fleshed nectarine.  

Krone Cuvéee Brut Rosé can be purchased here.

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV bottle

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV  

Price: £52.15

ABV: 12.5%

This charming rosé from Taittinger, is a luxuriously delicate champagne with fresh and fruity notes. On the nose, there’s aromas of wild strawberries and a subtle hint of spice followed by a lively balance of sweet berries and elegant wine. The balance of rich wine and sweet red fruits works in harmony to give the rosé a lovely salmon pink colour, making it an ideal summer drink or special treat. 15% of the blend is made from fine Pinot Noirs from Montagne de Reims, while Chardonnay takes up 30% of the blend to give the cuvee that complete champagne flavour that is celebrated across the Taittinger range. The Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV is paired brilliantly with fruit based desserts and cheese. 

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV can be purchased here.

A bottle of Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014

Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014

Price: £35

ABV: 12%

2014 was a brilliant year for winemaking in the UK. As a result, Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014 is a light bodied wine with a refreshing portfolio of savoury notes of fresh bread, citrus and brioche on the nose and red berries and rosehip on the palate. It’s made using a blend of 32% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Meunier and 52% Pinot Noir, which is where the rosé’s dominating flavour comes from. The beauty of this sparkling rosé is that it will continue to mature and evolve in flavour over the next 2-5 years. This sparkling wine is perfect to enjoy on a hot summer’s day alongside a serving of strawberries and cream.

Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014 can be purchased here.

A bottle of Black Chalk Wild Rosé 2016

Black Chalk Wild Rosé 2016

Price: £40

ABV: 12%

This small batch rosé from Black Chalk is an award winning sparkling wine made and sourced in Hampshire. It is made from the rosé holy trinity blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes which are harvested in Hampshire’s chalkland vineyards. The wild rosé is a multi-layered blend of pure raspberries and strawberries which gives the wine a distinctly English finish with a well balanced crisp flavour.  

Black Chalk Classic 2016 is currently available here.

A bottle of Schramsberg 2016 Brut Rosé

Schramsberg 2016 Brut Rosé

Price: £39.95

ABV: 12.6%

This is Schramsberg’s latest vintage release, and it is produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes which are grown and harvested in the cool climate of the famous North Coast vineyards in Napa, Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties. Unlike other Californian sparkling wine makers, Schramsberg follows a different approach to fermentation by developing its juice in oak barrels which gives the rosé a richer, more defined flavour.

Barrel aging is common in the Schramsberg portfolio, and they follow a similar approach to how European countries age their sparkling wines. Small amounts of Pinot Noir are fermented with the skin to increase the wine’s depth and to contribute to its subtle pink colour. Overall, this 2016 Brut Rosé is a refined wine with a bold flavour, yet fresh finish. No wonder it’s one of California’s top sparkling wine producers. 

The Schramsberg 2016 Brut Rosé is available via James Hocking Wine. 

A bottle of Maison Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Rosé MV XB

Maison Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Rosé MV XB

Hailing from the Champagne region, and arguably one of the most noteworthy producers from the region, Maison Bruno Paillard are independent, family-owned wine producers with chalky vineyards that produce their high grade grapes. This Cuvée Rosé is a celebration of the Pinot Noir grape, as it uses the grape’s juice from the skin with a touch of Chardonnay to balance out flavours.

On the nose there’s red fruits, wild strawberry and morello cherry all supported with the underlying lemon from the Chardonnay. The palate opens up to reveal sweet fresh berries which are followed by a bright and long fizzy finish. 

Price: £51.45

ABV: 12%

A bottle of Richard Juhlin Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé

Richard Juhlin Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé

Price: £15.99

ABV: 0%

Sparkling rosé is a wonderfully crafted drink for all occasions, and this alcohol-free version is no different in terms of elegance and quality. Similarly to alcoholic sparkling rosé, Richard Juhlin Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes which gives it that famous soft and fruity flavour which we know and love. The wine is then aged in oak barrels to enhance flavours before it is bottled. 

Its fizzy, silky texture brings out notes of sweet berry, citrus and apple. Richard Juhlin himself is a world-renowned Champagne expert, so it’s no surprise that this bottle is a great purchase for anyone looking to enjoy the fine flavours of a sparkling rosé without the alcohol.  

Richard Juhlin Alcohol-Free Sparkling Rosé is available to purchase here

by Katrina Mirpuri