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Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.24.47 PMThere is nothing better on a warm spring day then a beer after yard work or even sometimes a sparkling Rose. You do not always need a celebration to enjoy a little bubbles. The celebration is that you set out to do some tasks today and you did it. It is now time to relax.

I recently had this thought with the NV Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Rose. Interestingly enough on the winery’s website, they do put a vintage year of 2011 on it but Wine.com is selling it without the year. Both also have a slight difference in percentage Chardonnay vs. Pinot Noir but the bottles look exactly the same.

Either way, we will go with the Wine.com tasting notes and information in case there were two different versions:

The Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour, celebrates the life and times of Madame de Pompadour (the great courtesan and mistress of Louis XV) who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court and was an influential tastemaker in the matters of art, architecture and philosophy–famous for her comment, “Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful.”

Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is a wine of great balance, emphasizing fruity and floral characteristics to a greater extent than evident in the Brut or Le Rêve. It is made strictly with artisan attention to quality, with sourcing exclusively from Carneros and the use of time-honored Champenoise methods of production. A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, the Brut Rosé is meant to be enjoyed at a fairly young age, when the fruity character is still predominant yet there is enough age to make the wine round and balanced.

The wine’s aroma has hints of wild strawberries and roses with notes of peach Although a pale pink in color, Brut Rosé is not sweeter than our other wines. It is a true Brut.

It also received a 91 from Connoisseur’s Guide and 90 from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. So what did I think?

Color – Nice bright strawberry red.

Nose – Raspberries and strawberries with a hint of peach.

Taste – Mostly just strawberries and raspberries.

Finish – Crisp, clean, and not too dry.

Overall, this is a good example of a classic sparkling rose. It is smooth, light, refreshing, but holds a little more body and flavor than a white sparkling wine. Take this one to France and I am sure it would hold up well. Highly recommend!

Rating: A-

~Justin