This non-vintage Champagne Brut Rosé marks the fourth wine released in Penfolds collaboration series with Champagne House Thiénot.
In 2019, we re-ignited our love affair with France, a special place for Penfolds, and announced our inaugural Champagne partnership with Thiénot. Alongside Thiénot, a respected player in the world of Champagne, Penfolds first released three extraordinary Champagnes in 2019: A Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée, and Grand Cru single-vineyard Blanc de Blancs and single-vineyard Blanc de Noirs, all from the exceptional 2012 vintage.
With our first Champagne Brut Rosé release, we celebrate the shared mutual style and quality ambitions between Thiénot chef de cave Nicholas Uriel and Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago.
GRAPE VARIETY & REGION :
30% Chardonnay (Nogent, Sézanne and Côte des Blancs), 20% Pinot Noir (Vallée de l’Ardre (8%), Epernay and Côte des Bar), 50% Pinot Meunier (Épernay, Vallée de la Marne and Saint-Thierry).
Dosage: 7.0 g/L
COLOUR : Youthful, bright/vivid pale-salmon
NOSE An ascent of (textbook) grenadine fruits – Avec raspberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant and strawberry. Sans pomegranate. And the citrus - pink grapefruit / mandarin marmalade. And the florals/confiserie – scents of Anis de Flavigny Violet Pastiles or Violets of Toulouse; lily. Upon sitting – wafts of cherry jam, sorry confiture.
PALATE Inviting, exotic. Balanced, with an overt freshness - crispness up-front, and a delicate dosage imprint on finish. Relaxed acidity, friendly effervescence. Subtle mandarin and raspberry fruits impact immediately – over a flavour base of strawberry with pepper / Turkish Delight with pistachio. Stylistically light on its feet and sprightly … its ‘Champagne character’ teasingly revealed upon sitting. Impatience? A second glass immediately beckons.
PEAK DRINKING Now onwards, yet recommend to ideally drink in youth - perfect at the moment!