Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut
This rich, ethereal and complex cuvee embodies the essence of the Rothschild family's winemaking values: perfection, constancy, and a spirit of purity and refinement, all given the utmost of care.
Blend: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier
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The Rothschild family has once again brought together all the arrows on its coat of arms to produce Barons de Rothschild Champagne. The most famous of appellations joins one of the most prestigious signatures in winemaking. The result is both outstanding and rare.
The name Rothschild is a guaranty of excellence in more than one field, starting with that of wine. Associated with some of the most prestigious wines in France and in the world, the three branches of the Rothschild family allied to associate know-how and innovation. Champagne Barons de Rothschild, a Champagne born from an original alliance, appears such as an illustrious reference, bringing to the Champagne an exceptional product. Nowadays, Baron Philippe Sereys de Rothschild (Château Mouton), Baron Eric and his daughter Saskia (Château Lafite), Baron Benjamin and his wife Ariane (Château Clarke - Edmond de Rothschild Group) are joining their talents, in accordance with their motto: Concordia - Integritas - Industria, to produce a Champagne worthy of their name.
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.