Warning: This introduction contains a bit of personal information. I was never a huge fans of rosés until I started writing about wine. Through my studies and various opportunities to taste rosés made from different varietals, made in different styles, and — of course — from different regions, I can now edit that fact to state that I am quite picky about rosés. Similar are my feelings about bubbles. I rarely had opportunity in the past to have them; when I did, they all pretty much tasted the same. I’ve hesitated to write about them because they are, in fact, a whole different wine-making game.
But here I am working an a sparkling wine series, and lo, here is a wine that combines two things I’ve been iffy about in the past — a sparkling rosé. Spoiler alert: the Parigot Crémant Rosé past this skeptics taste test…
About the Wine: Crémant is made in 8 different appellations throughout France, and while each specific regional regulations vary, Crémants take an a few specific rules of their own. For example, the wines of Burgundy are made from one of three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligoté, but Crémant de Bourgogne is the only region allowed to blend these varieties together.
In this case, the Parigot Crémant Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes harvested from Crémant de Bourgogne. The grapes are manually picked, whole-cluster pressed with minimal musk extraction, and left to age sur lies for at least 9 months — all of which are Crémant-specific requirements.
Flavor Profile: I was surprised when I popped the cork of the Parigot Crémant Rosé and it wasn’t very fizzy or immediately aromatic. On the pour, this sparkling rosé wine is a perfect blush-pink, settling into the glass with a beautiful sunset, peach-meets-pink color.
Initial aromas are rich with acidity, singing of fresh fruits like strawberries and watermelon. Swirl, and the wine releases additional floral aromatics. The palate is immediately dry, but full-bodied and full-flavored with strawberries, raspberries, almond skins, with just a bit of prickly white-pepper-like spice towards the middle-end of the tasting. There’s a bit of sourness that quickly comes and goes toward the end of the taste, with a bit of texture on the tongue that seems to linger well after the taste concludes. There’s a bit of warmth that flows down the esophagus and into the belly — as if the wine wants to make you happy from the inside out.
More Info: I received the Parigot Crémant Rosé as a sample for review. (Cheers Megan!) For more information about Parigot, their wines, and to purchase wines directly, please visit the Parigot Crémant de Bourgogne website.
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