This vintage rosé tete de cuvée has a sturdy, tannic edge to it. The color is a bit more robust than the Grand rosé, the fruit flavors more firm and hard, but this wine is less open, and feels tight and constrained. The flavors slam against a tannic wall, odd for a Champagne, but for a moment the finish seems to stop in its tracks, with an earthy, gritty texture. Down the road, with a few more years in the bottle, this could be a champ.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.