By: Brian Fogarty
K&L Staff Member
Launois Rose is a pure Pinot Noir derived wine, and the only pink bubbles from this famous Cote du Blanc House. When trying a pink Champagne I always make an oversized, bias creating judgment call right off the bat based on color (it’s not right but I always do it). The darker the pink the deeper my brow furrows assuming it is over extracted bubblegum juice (not fair I know). Launois’ rose I am happy to report is a bright coral pink and so my eyebrows went marching upward and I was proven right when I went in for deeper evaluation (this time). The brioche tones are comforting and greets you right away out of the glass while pairing gracefully with raspberry water and tiny, wild strawberries lightly pressed; all delicate but perfectly positioned. There are also some high toned herbs in the background as well; thyme and tarragon were pushing toward mint but not quite all the way. On the palate the physical presence of the moose is noticeably refined and slowly dissipates to reveal a medium weight wine. The taste is true to the bouquet with a little more presence of red fruits especially on the mid-palate. Who knew such well made rose could be found in the heart of Blanc de blancs country?