This sparkling Rosé is summed up best by the legendary Jancis Robinson:
"They call it Rosé Frizant and it is a simple Vin Mousseux. It’s a (typically Guibert-crazy) blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and then 30% of Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, Petit Manseng and Muscat. The free-run juice from younger Cabernet Sauvignon vines is bled off and blended with the juice from the other grapes and then it is fermented in a closed stainless-steel tank to retain all the fermenting gas. In other words, it’s the Charmat method notoriously associated with cheap, bulk-produced sparkling wine, such as the least noble forms of Prosecco, Lambrusco and Asti Spumante.
The result is, quite frankly, something that is so much fun, it’s like a day at an old-fashioned funfair, whizzing down a creaky wooden helter-skelter on a hessian sack, eating candy floss while listening to a brass band, lobbing wildly at the coconut shy and flopping contentedly on the grass in the sunlight to soak up the simple, happy, silly sounds.
The Charmat method means that the fizz is soft – playful rather than structural. It tastes of tamarillo, guava, salt, tomato jam, blood orange, papaya. The flavours and layers ping and collide across the palate like pinball – you can almost hear the shouts of unfettered laughter. It’s dry but so fruity you could convince yourself otherwise. Sumac and paprika dance in a hot popping popcorn pot. It is silky and weighty and yet there is a racy edge."
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