Thursday, January 22, 2009

Andre Clouet Non-vintage Rosé Champagne

Rasmus Amdi Larsen is a 21 year old sommelier. He is currently working as head-sommelier and Restaurant Manager at the restaurant Le Sommelier in the center of Copenhagen. Administrating the 1600 bottle wine list, one of the largest in Denmark, this young sommelier is showing a lot of potential. Rasmus is also educating at the Hospitality College in Copenhagen, competing in sommelier competitions - and in the limited free time, golfing is a huge interest.

Brand: Non-vintage Rosé Grand Cru Champagne

Winery: Andre Clouet

Vintage: Non-Vintage

Appellation: Champagne (Bouzy)

Varietal: 92% Pinot Noir 8% Bouzy Rouge

Winemaker: Jean-Francois

Average Price: €28

Tasting notes: This Rosé Champagne has lively, pink bubbles. Excellent deep colour and a beautiful nose filled with strawberry, raspberry and almonds. On the palate the Champagne is creamy and fruity, excellent both with food and as a aperitif on that special night.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Try this with heavy stuff. Fried lumpfish with lobster cannelloni, artichokes and cognac-sauce. Fried tuna or tuna sushi. Poultry like quail or how about sucking pig with roots and mustard sauce!

Winery Notes: Rosé Champagne is gaining popularity around the world. We see a monthly higher request on Rosé Champagne – both by the bottle and by the glass. I find Andre Clouet one of the best Champagne house’s around, situated right next to Bollingers Grand Cru vineyards – and for half the price! All vines are from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, and most are made on 100% Pinot Noir, or, as this, blended with 8% non-sparkling red wine which give the wines an extraordinary complexity. Topping all this with a very good price tag, you should start exploring the world of Andre Clouet.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice wine/food matching ideas, Rasmus! Randy Caparoso