We have all stood motionless staring at a wall of wine at the liquor store, wondering which to buy. What would the host prefer, or the other guests? Is still wine appropriate, or would something sparkling work better for the occasion? Rosé Champagne was made for the most indecisive among us.
Anyone worried that the escaping carbon dioxide will impede on its taste has not truly lived. The grapes are allowed to ferment twice, which can bring out even more flavors than other wines; some noses can get exotic, with large hints of fruit found in most bottles. The particular levels of the grapes in the blend will determine other aspects, such as how dry a sip will feel and which food pairings work best. Still, rosé Champagnes make a great social drink, where the brilliant pink hue will be loved by many.
While some imported wines can get pricey, a nice rosé Champagne does not have to break the bank. With the advice of Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork, we have compiled a list of the 10 best rosé Champagnes for a range of budgets. This is a great selection even if the only person you are looking to please is yourself.
A sophisticated sip for rosé champagne enthusiasts, Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé is a regal choice for your next at-home affair. Not shy on the fruity notes, Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé is reminiscent of a medley of berries (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant) and peaches. Champagne connoisseurs may also notice subtle notes of menthol.
For those entertaining, this bubbly offering is best served when it has been chilled in a champagne bucket for about 15 minutes.
Serving champagne over ice is sure to garner quite a few side eyes at your next gathering, but with Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé, you're encouraged to do exactly that! Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé is described as the first and only rosé champagne to be enjoyed over ice. In addition to scents of red berries, cherries and cranberries, this champagne also boast notes of grenadine. And you can expect a refreshing and welcome finish with notes of inviting pink grapefruit.
If you like a side of history with your glass of bubbles, consider a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé. In the early 1800s, Madame Clicquot (also known as the Grande Dame of Champagne) created the first known blended rosé champagne and became a sort of lush legend. Madame Clicquot took over the Clicquot family house after the early death of her husband and Veuve Clicquot founder, Philippe Clicquot. The history of this rosé champagne combined with its aroma of fresh red fruits and dried fruits, make it quite the alluring sip.
A rich and robust rosé champagne, Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé is made from 10 different crus primarily located in the South and North areas of the Montagne de Reims. It is aged a minimum of five years. Expect plenty of ripe red fruit aromas and a freshness that will have you eager for a second glass.
Pair it with marinated raw fish, grilled prawns, a variety of exotic dishes and red fruit-based desserts.
Armand de Brignac Rosé serves as yet another rosé champagne offering that will have you emptying out your wallet, but the splurge is well worth it. With its stylish metallic pink bottle, you may be tempted to leave your bottle of Armand de Brignac Rosé on your bar cart to collect "oohs" and "ahhs" from guests. But what's inside this chic bottle is too delicious not to share. Upon first sip you'll be met with a medley of flavors, including ripe raspberry and black cherry fruit, star anise and tart orange peel. A lasting finish makes this champagne offering quite literally good to the last drop.
For a fun, affordable option, consider picking up a pack of BABE Rosé With Bubbles. Providing quite the bang for your buck, three cans alone are the equivalent of a 750 mL size bottle of wine.
Each pack of this canned, sparkling rosé comes with four, eight-ounce cans, making it the perfect choice for a girl's night in.
For those who prefer the taste (and affordability) of a California champagne, there's Mumm Napa Brut Rosé. Coming in at under $30 for a bottle, Mumm Napa Brut Rosé is described as a food-friendly champagne that is generous on red fruit flavors and flaunts an elegant finish.
Given its food-friendliness, Mumm Napa Brut Rosé works well with salmon, duck, spicy Italian foods and Asian dishes.
Pears and plums join the berry party in this delicious, medium-bodied rosé. It is perfect for special occasions with small bubbles that glint with glamorous gold and copper.
Billecart Salmon may not be the most familiar name in champagne, but don't let that fool you. Billecart Salmon's Brut Rosé is among the crème de la crème of champagnes. This crisp, full-bodied rosé champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. It's light in flavor, yet still boasts a finish indicative of raspberries. Raspberries and other red berries, as well as citrus fruit are present on the nose.
As one of the most respected brands from the Champagne region, Henriot also produces highly acclaimed rosé. Red fruits mesh well with hints of apple and yeast for a vaguely sweet experience.
While not made in the Champagne region, this sparkling rosé is great for the holiday season. It has a light sweetness to it, with hints of currants, raspberries, and blackberries.
This rosé from Taittinger will continue to age in the bottle after you purchase it and can be enjoyed for years to come. The flavors can expand into a palette so rich, you may find notes of dried strawberry and white peach fruit, with toasted hazelnut, pastry, candied ginger, and lemon curd.