Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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le wine blog™ - Costco rosé Champagne NV

Would you believe it, Costco had private label pink Champagne for thirty bucks, so I bought a bottle.

Quick tasting notes: not as sweet as I would have expected based on their own label standard Champagne, thankfully. Curious coppery, faded onionskin pink color that's striking in the glass. Amazingly fine bead, looks totally fabulous. On the nose, mostly a slightly off-putting yeasty smell that's not quite brioche, but verging on unpleasant (and also very French). There's also a hint of faded jasmine flowers and forest strawberries. On the palate, the feel of the wine trumps the taste: it tastes rich, elegant, and very very luxurious. As far as taste, it has that peculiarly French flatness on the back palate that I don't really mind, a good finish, and tastes mostly of fresh strawberries and rhubarb.

All in all, a very reasonably priced pink Champagne with quite a bit more austerity and steel than you get in pink sparkling wine from California. I like it quite a bit, but I'm honestly just as happy with Chandon Etoile and other more reasonably priced wines. Lovely for a celebratory occasion but I'm not going to rush out and buy another bottle unless someone I know falls pregnant or gets a McArthur grant.
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