25. sep. 2009

Champagne: Invite a Saignée at the table

Pink is a long-time Champagne tradition.

When you make it the Saignée way however you give your rosé a twist at the same time. A champagne made in the purest tradition and yet both rethought and then remade.

Like producers of champagne through centuries have continued to reinvent their product in new ways.

Colour by maceration
Forget about blending to achieve a certain colour: This rosé champagne bleeds to receive its disturbingly deep pink nuance.

In French saigner simply means to bleed.

The best of the Pinot Noir grapes, sortet and destemmed, is placed in a vat where the skin of these red grapes will be allowed to macerate for up to 36 hours. As long as necessary for this otherwise white and maiden must to redden and blush into the more dramatic colour of the Saignée.

The fermentation
Only the wine that runs naturally when grapes on top of other grapes press these naturally – the Vin de Goutte - will later ferment as any other red wine.

This first fermentation takes place in the steel vats and the second one will occur in the bottles where the wine develops into the final Rosé de Saignée champagne of a colour that is clearly visible and easy to appreciate in its transparent bottle. Kept simple since less is usually more. Though not when it comes to taste.

100% Pinot Noir
The Saignée is a pure 100% Pinot Noir Champagne.

It manifests a powerful nose that begins with raspberries, cherries and blackcurrant, continues into fruits like apricot and peach to end up with spicy hints of cloves and cinnamon.

The small berries reappear on your palate where they are joined by redcurrant, strawberries and even a bit of pebber.

Lively bubbles
Despite a few years already spent in its bottle, the Rosé de Saignée remains a youthful champagne with plenty of lively bubbles.

As the champagne is poured, a handsome circle of white bubbles on top of the delicate pink colour of the wine itself will be formed along the glass.

Red bubbly
The red and black fruits are the strength and the power of Pinot. This is no light drink for your appetizer. Meet a champagne that will match several meats from veal, lamb and well into different dishes of duck or even game.

You may also want to discover our Rosé de Saignée as a cheerful companion with red fruits desserts or grapefruit sorbets or just powerfully on its own.

The dosage is 5 grammes of sugar per litre of wine.