When I first asked Séverine Launois if we could have the Launois Brut Rose Champagne for the Champagne club, she replied with a simple "No, thank you," but when I placed an order for the cases, she let me have them. I don't know if we'll ever be able to get this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne from them again, but at least we have it now! This is an unusual offering from Launois, as everything else that we have ever carried from them is all Chardonnay. The grapes are harvested from their estate in the Sézanne, a chalky piece of Champagne isolated from the rest by miles of cow grazing land. It is full bodied and loaded with fruit, and perfect for pairing for the bounty of an Indian food dinner. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)
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?
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