Sparkling "Wines by Joe" (Tracy's Patio): A small pour at a tasting. There is a lot to like about this Rose, but it is marred by a bitter, almost acrid finish. Everyone at the table felt the same. There were some nice qualities on the nose and palate, but my memory is fogged by that bitter finish.
Champagne and Sparklers (Tracy's, Mpls): Light medium salmon color. 75PN/25C, 2oz pour over 30 minutes next to the Camille Saves. I like the nose here, yeast, raspberry, minerals much more than the palate which seems on the bitter side to me. Raspberry, toast, yeast, light-medium body, dough, tangy, more sour, bitters on the finish. No contest with the Saves winning hands down. 88+pts.
WOW...I'm not a big Rose fan, but this is simply a great champagne. This is very well balanced without any bitterness I usually find in Roses. The nose is full of bright red fruits and minerality. On the palate, cherry, red apple skin, pear and strawberry with just the right amount of acidity that leads to a very extended spicy finish with minerality and a kiss of sweetness. The finish draws you back for another sip. It also went very well with or without food. I cannot recommend this wine highly enough and I immediately ordered more the next day. This is without a doubt the best $40 champers I have had. A big kudos to FMIII for his tasting note that convinced me I needed to grab some when Envoyer offered it last spring.
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(NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru) Light salmon pink color with steady, tiny bubbles; light cherry cream nose; creamy textured, tart cherry, cream, raspberry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (best version of this bottling I've ever tried; all 2009 fruit, 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay; disgorged 12/12) 92+ points
(NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru) Very light orange pink color; light tart cherry, tart raspberry nose; rich, tart raspberry, raspberry cream, mineral, very Pinot palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(NV Henri Goutorbe Rosé Brut) ($66.00) All ’07, disgorged 10/10. As usual all Aÿ, 75/25 PN/CH, all ’07, disgorged 10/10. Aromas of sun-heated cherry tomatoes, and the palate is both fruity and zippy, malty and croissant-y. A markedly attractive wine, whose fruit you want to study, yet it’s so fresh and gulpable you find you just can’t. They like to bring old vintages out to taste, especially vintages with poor reputations, to show that fine wine can be made in Aÿ in even the weakest of years. Thus the excellent ’87 we tasted happily. But the real reward was a beautiful ’83, with its gorgeous essence of grownup Champagne fragrance – yet the palate was gauzy and almost crisp; an old soul encased in a child’s body, it skips to you and looks at you with basset-eyes, all loving and seeing and knowing. Then it giggles away.
(NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru) Light medium orange pink color; a little oxidized, orange and cherry jello powder, tangerine, tart cherry, floral nose; ripe orange, tangerine, tart cherry, watermelon, structured palate with medium acidity; medium finish (75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay; disgorged 8/3/09)