Chapel Down Brut Rose
Made with 100% Pinot Noir, this very elegant Rosé has aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants with background notes of toasty shortbread. The palate is crisp and fresh, its fine mousse contributing to the light and effortless style.
This wine is perfect as an aperitif, and pairs very well with dishes such as light pasta and summer fruit desserts.
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The aromas on the wine’s subtle nose are a mix of creaminess and beautifully aromatic red apple flesh. The palate comes in with a beautifully proportioned body where ripeness, texture and fruit are a perfect counterbalance to the English freshness. It is this briskness, in turn, that highlights the beautiful balance and subtle, creamy autolysis. A classy, grown-up, creamy wine with lively mousse and lasting fruit.
Chapel Down’s first vineyards were planted in the 1970s; the winery now has 200 acres in the chalk soils of Kent, along with plots in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Essex. This wine is 100 percent pinot noir, ripened just to the point of tart red fruit, edgy with strawberry and strawberry-leaf flavors. It’s vinous and elegant, a sparkler to pour at brunch with smoked salmon, or even bangers and mash.
Chapel Down is England’s leading winery. Located in Tenterden, in the heart of the Kent countryside, Chapel Down offers a world-class range of sparkling wines created using the Traditional Method, also used in Champagne, from chardonnays and pinot grapes grown in the Southeast of England.
With a mission to surprise and delight, Chapel Down has quickly gained support from leading chefs and sommeliers as well as receiving an unparalleled array of international awards.
Chapel Down offers guided tours of vineyards and of the winery, which boasts excellent visitor facilities, including an impressive restaurant, herb garden and retail shop.
The limestone soils of England’s southern end have proven ideal for the production of British sparkling wine. While it might seem too damp and cold for grape growing in England, recent warm summers and the onset of global warming signify great future growth for the British wine industry.
What are the different types of sparkling rosé wine?
Rosé sparkling wines like Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and others make a fun and festive alternative to regular bubbles—but don’t snub these as not as important as their clear counterparts. Rosé Champagnes (i.e., those coming from the Champagne region of France) are made in the same basic way as regular Champagne, from the same grapes and the same region. Most other regions where sparkling wine is produced, and where red grape varieties also grow, also make a rosé version.
How is sparkling rosé wine made?
There are two main methods to make rosé sparkling wine. Typically, either white wine is blended with red wine to make a rosé base wine, or only red grapes are used but spend a short period of time on their skins (maceration) to make rosé colored juice before pressing and fermentation. In either case the base wine goes through a second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) through any of the various sparkling wine making methods.
What gives rosé Champagne and sparkling wine their color and bubbles?
The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, which traps carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. During this stage, the yeast cells can absorb some of the wine’s color but for the most part, the pink hue remains.
How do you serve rosé sparkling wine?
Treat rosé sparkling wine as you would treat any Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and other sparkling wine of comparable quality. For storing in any long-term sense, these should be kept at cellar temperature, about 55F. For serving, cool to about 40F to 50F. As for drinking, the best glasses have a stem and a flute or tulip shape to allow the bead (bubbles) and beautiful rosé hue to show.
How long do rosé Champagne and sparkling wine last?
Most rosé versions of Prosecco, Champagne, Cava or others around the “$20 and under” price point are intended for early consumption. Those made using the traditional method with extended cellar time before release (e.g., Champagne or Crémant) can typically improve with age. If you are unsure, definitely consult a wine professional for guidance.