Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Extra Brut Champagne
This is another superb value in a market where rosé wines are getting more and more expensive. This bottling was disgorged with just 2.5 g/L dosage and is based on the 2014 and 2015 harvests. It's a blend of Meunier 'done three ways'. Firstly, 60% of the volume comes from fruit pressed off in the traditional way, making a white wine (and 40% of this component is reserve wines aged in barrels). Then 30% of the blend is made as a saignée (macerated) rosé, where the juice is left in contact with the skins for a short period, and, finally, 10% of the blend comes from a full-blown red wine. The fruit comes from vines with an average age of 25 years, and more than 40 years for the parcels that produce the red wine. The wines are fermented and aged in a variety of vessels--vats, foudre and old demi-muid barrels--before being transferred to bottle for secondary fermentation. In simple terms this is a deliciously vibrant, complex and vinous rosé, packed with red jube and grenadine fruit, hints of iodine and terrific freshness. It is one of the best value Champagnes we know of.