Rare Rosé Millésime 2008
Grape Varietals: 70% Chardonnay & 30% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Montagne de Reims - France
Chef de Cave: Régis Camus
I have had the pleasure on more than a few occasions to spend time with Régis, and each time is like Christmas for the senses. As you have this incredible excitement for what is going to be opened. Some say you should never meet your heroes, well I can say with complete sincerity, meeting Régis Camus, arguably the greatest Champagne winemaker (confirmed by Régis being awarded the ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ 8 times) - is something special.
This 2008 Rare Rosé is the second release, and this vintage has been rebranded, as Piper-Heidsieck Rare has amended to just ‘Rare’ for their exceptional Rosé and Blanc releases. The name Rare refers to an unprecedented growing season in 1976, the likes of which the Champagne region had never experienced before. The winemaking team were able to tame the incredible depth of flavours and when assemblage was complete and the final blend bottled, they were so proud, they called it ‘Rare’.
The Rare Champagne is made only in the most noteworthy of years - the parcels must have a unique potential for what Régis calls “an extraordinary cuvée”. The carefully selected parcels are sourced from a handful of crus, after a traditional first fermentation, and ‘vin-clair’ tasting, the wine was matured for over 9 years on lees in their cellars before being dressed and ready for release.
• In your glass you are welcomed by a coppery-pink and defined beading. On the nose you are hypnotised by wild red berries, spring flowers and a touch of spice. These all infuse with the exuberant ripe summer fruits showcasing strawberries, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate skin along with an almond and vanilla nuance. These all seamlessly explode across the broad palate, with a clear seam of minerality and a bright glow of fruit acidity keeping all in step. Following the intense sensory attack, your taste buds are awash with a generous elegance and velvety texture due to the delicate beading giving perfect lift and length to this glorious symphony.
This 2008 Vintage Rare Rosé Champagne has 12% Alc./vol. With a dosage of 8.5g/L. Chill gently and serve in an aromatic wine glass or generously shaped flute at 9°- 10°C. *NZ$599.99
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 18/3/22)
Dynamic and ready to be enjoyed this season; plus will age gracefully for another 10-12 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with lobster, crayfish, stuffed crab, seared salmon or bbq’d tuna steaks, Thai-spring rolls, tempura coated seafood or vegetables, along with a peach tart w/ vanilla cream - enjoy.