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TN: Champagne Canard-Duchêne Grand Cuvée Charles VII Brut Rosé

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TN: Champagne Canard-Duchêne Grand Cuvée Charles VII Brut Rosé

zin1953 | | Nov 19, 2007 04:55 AM

n.v. Champagne Canard-Duchêne Grand Cuvée Charles VII Brut Rosé (Champagne, France): Initially produced from approximately 50 percent Pinot Noir, 10 percent Pinot Meunier, and 40 percent Chardonnay -- to which is then added 15 percent Pinot Noir as a vin rouge (and I'm too tired to re-calculate the percentages), this is a much deeper rosé than my traditional favorite, Billecart-Salmon -- still, no doubting its rosé nature (that is, it no way looks red); a fine mousse and tiny bead; the bouquet is quite forward, with floral notes coupled with cherries, apples, mineral notes and some light brioche; on the palate, it's a true Brut, with very layered flavors and complexity, yet quite elegant and stylish; the finish is crisp and lingering. Very fine indeed, and a nice surprise to see this again after -- I think -- some 20 years since I had the last bottle.

Cheers,
Jason

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