Wine review: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose ChampagneAh… true Champagne. I still remember when I was introduced to this elixir otherwise known as Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne — shortly before I became a wine writer, a wealthy friend bestowed a bottle of their Brut bubbly as a Christmas gift.  At $40, it was far and above what a lowly poor girl such as myself could afford. And I wallowed in its elegant beauty — completely worth the money.

But only recently did I foray into Feuillatte’s Rosé world. Not sure what took me so long… since it’s even better than their regular Brut. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay, it sports an appealing salmon-color that dazzles the eye as well as a the palate.

Aromas of tart cherry, Jolly Rancher strawberry and raspberry, follow during the sip that finishes with a crisp citrus, lemon peel. Sexy, delicious and quite dry — don’t let the fruity aromas convince you that you’re diving into something sugary. But it is a sa-weet, fabulous glass of bubbly.

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Price: $40- $45
Alcohol level: 12%
Occasion: A sample sent from the winery
Availability: Higher end retail shops and big box wine retailers
Food pairing: Um… anything. Especially what’s in front of you.

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