Perrier Jouet Blason Rose NV
Blason Rose is the only wine in the original Blason de France range to survive, thanks to consumer demand. While this is the only other Perrier-Jouet rose than Belle Epoque Rose Vintage, it's closer in style to Perrier-Jou‰t Grand Brut. Where Belle Epoque Rose has a delicate elegance, Blason Rose is a more full-bodied and textured wine.
Blend composition: 25% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 10 grams per litre
12 to 15% reserve wine content (from the 2-3 previous years)
Ageing: at least 3 years on the lees
This is a cuvee with a full-bodied, vinous structure. The wine should have enough substance and depth to accompany food, and yet still display freshness. Herve Deschamps, the Chef de Cave achieves this difficult balance without using the powerful Pinots of the southern Montage de Reims, such as those from Bouzy. Instead, he favours the red wines of Aye and
Vincelles (12-15% of the cuvee). He employs the same approach to making Blason Rose as he takes with the company's other wines. The blend is put together in one fell swoop, without recourse to trial blending. He works on the individual crus in separate vats, tasting them continually while he selects the thirty or so crus that will make up Blason Rose.