Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Brut, Reims, Champagne, France, NV.
A blend of pinot noir and meunier. Widely available, 12%, bought at £18 in December 2013, currently about £25.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity salmon, showing small-sized bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of pastry, red cherry, red currant, and hints of strawberry and ripe red grapefruit.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity with flavours of warm dough, red cherry and red currant. A creamy mousse with a medium persistence, a medium (+) length with a clean finish, with a slight gummy grip.
Quality – a good quality wine, with fresh acidity balanced by alcohol and undetectable residual sugar, which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour; a wine of modest complexity, yet good concentration of predominantly red fruit flavour. A little short on length, a clean finish. This wine, in common with most rose will not improve with age, merely turning orange and losing the pretty red fruits, drink up within 2 years. [An excellent label colour scheme, stands out, but not a standout wine].