Rare Millésime Rose
TO THE EYE: ROSE PETALS AND CHALCEDONY GEMSTONE WITH A HINT OF BLUE
The radiant color of Rare Rosé Millésime 2012, where rose petals meet chalcedony gemstone, is reminiscent of the rose quartz hue of the earlier Rare Rosé Millésime 2008. This harmony is part of Rare Champagne's signature style. There are also gentle hints of blue, which subtly enhance the elegant and joyful bubbles of the champagne.
ON THE NOSE: FLORAL, FRUITY, SPICED. A HARMONY OF CONTRASTS
The first aromas to reach the nose are a perfect balance of florals and fruit. The wine responds to the intensity of cherry blossom with the delicate, tart aromas of forest fruits and lychee. Then, notes of turmeric, ginger, white pepper and citrus begin to develop, and are enhanced by white peach and orange blossom. This is where the floral, fruity and spiced notes come together in perfect harmony.
ON THE PALATE: SPICED FRESHNESS
On the palate, the first sensation is generous and expansive. Aromas of cherry, lychee and ginger intensify on the nose. Simultaneously, the structure of Rare Rosé Millésime 2012 strikes a balance between hot and cold: warm spices such as paprika, Espelette chili, turmeric and pepper give way to a cooling, mineral freshness. The finish, which combines attractive tannins and iodine notes, is the sign of a sophisticated wine with a vibrant salinity.
Sweet tomato and black cherry soup, with goat’s milk ice cream and ground pistachios - Lobster carpaccio, with a duo of gently spiced beetroots - Filet of red mullet, young zucchini, and bouillabaisse sauce - Free-range poultry cooked on the bone, with a jus infused with Reims mustard, vegetables and lime - Spiced forest fruit coulis, with a speculoos biscuit.
In 2012, due to frost, hailstorms, rain and high temperatures, flowering was unpredictable in the vineyard. However, the weather eased and provided perfect conditions for the grapes to ripen just before the harvest. Despite a small yield, the year nonetheless revealed a memorable vintage.
Blend: 60% Chardonnay & 40% Pinot Noir
12 Crus of which 8 are classified as Grand Crus and 3 are classified as Premier Crus:
Chardonnay: Villers Marmery, Vertus, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly, Avize
Pinot Noir: Verzy, Ay, Verzenay, Ambonnay, Ville-Dommange
Red Wine: Les Riceys (8%)
Full malolactic fermentation
Dosage: brut (7g/l)
Time aged on lees: 8 years minimum
Time aged with a cork stopper: 1 year minimum
Aging Potential: Virtuoso up to 2045, phenomenal afterwards
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
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