Rare Millésime Rose

Champagne

The Rare Rosé Millésime 2008 was awarded 96 points and a gold medal from the 2019 International Wine Challenge.  It was also a trophy winner, procuring the Rosé Champagne Trophy.  Enjoy now or can further age until 2030.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: PEARL PINK
Coppery, almost blue glints merge to give a soft hue of pink quartz. As exquisite as the petals of old roses, elegant bubbles dance in the glass.

ON THE NOSE: SPRINGLIKE AND COMPLEX
The initial nose offers a bouquet of spring flowers. This fragrant elegance quickly increases in complexity and texture. Notes of tangerine, lychee and verbena alternate with hints of syrupy elderberry, of sweet almonds. Freshly picked dark crisp fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry, lingonberry), the nose is generous, heralding a vintage with exceptional potential.

ON THE PALATE: SUBTLE AND MINERAL
Following an attack that is both elegant and generous, the velvety texture unfurls to offer minerality and subtlety. Initially, the exuberant vitality of dark fruits and of citrus is followed by the vibrancy, smoky notes and aromas of star anise and violets. Then the triumphant delicacy expresses a hint of vanilla.

  • Prawn risotto.
  • Braised Black Angus
  • Roast lamp chops
  • Stewed or roasted pigeon
  • Lightly grilled red mullet
  • Grilled lobster
  • Mozzarella di buffala

WEATHER: UNPREDICTABLE
After a mild winter, a dreary spring, a significantly cool summer, the ominous and extremely rainy weather became sunny, dry and almost cold, lasting throughout the harvest.

  • 56% Chardonnay
  • 44% Pinot Noir

  • 94

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

    "This intense wine is chock full of red-fruit flavors and beautiful acidity. Still young it has structure as well as swathes of fruit. The concentration of flavors and ability to age further make it a great wine. Drink it ideally from 2022."

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  • 95+

    points

    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Rare is the second rendition of this cuvée ever produced, and the wine is showing very well, unwinding in the glass with a youthfully shy nose featuring white cherries, blood orange, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and dried white flowers that offers the promise of considerable complexity to come. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, racy and tight-knit, with good concentration, beautifully integrated acids and a fine mousse, concluding with a long, saline and delicately phenolic finish. This is really quite reserved after its recent disgorgement but should develop beautifully with a few years on cork."

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  • 97

    points

    Wine Spectator, December 2019

    "A vibrant Champagne, ballet-slipper pink in color, featuring intense flavors of nectarine, ripe raspberry, grilled nut, espresso and graphite, with a touch of dried sage, all riding the finely detailed mousse. Like a ballerina, this offers power in a graceful form. A beautiful skein of spice unravels on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2033. 2,000 cases made, 200 cases imported."

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  • 98+

    points

    Jeb Dunnuck, November 2019

    "The 2008 Champagne Rare Rosé is straight-up sensational. Only the second time they’ve produced this cuvée, it offers a deep, full-bodied, powerful yet chiseled and laser-focused style carrying loads of wild strawberry fruit as well as notes of orange blossom, spice, and crushed rocks. Backward, austere, yet simply loaded with potential, it needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and will drink brilliantly for two decades or more."

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TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

Rare Champagne – Awards & Medals

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Wine Enthusiast

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Medals & Trophies

2008 Rare Millésime Rosé – Tasting Note

2008 Rare Millésime Rosé – Bottle Shot