There’s a time and a place for rose champagne. Arguably it’s not 10.32 a.m. in a staff meeting while everyone else is drinking tea, or at any time down a pub with sawdust on the floor. But Moet Rosé is a very welcome guest at weddings, anniversaries and on Valentine’s Day. That’s because it tastes just a little bit special, and its pleasing feminine tones fit those occasions like a snug pink tuxedo.
So Why is Moet Chandon Rosé Pink?
Here’s how you can earn a few quiz points. Most rose wine is made from leaving the juice in contact with the red grape skins for less than 24 hours, before the juice is then macerated out of contact with the skins. However champagne makers actually blend red and white wine together in order to create that characteristic colour. Indeed pink champagne is the only quality rosé in the EU that is allowed to be made in this way.
What Grapes Give Moet & Chandon Rose its Flavour?
The wine uses the traditional champagne grapes:
- Chardonnay. This adds acidity, floral and citrus flavours. It is also lighter bodied, with fine bubbles.
- Pinot Meunier. This variety gives an easy to drink fruitiness.
- Pinot Noir adds length and body to sparkling wine. As a pure red wine, it has aromas of raspberries, strawberries and cherries, which are usually found on the palette as well.
Two of these, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, are black grapes, which often surprises people as champagne is usually white. All of these grapes working in symphony to give the champagne its distinctive flavour, and because fully macerated red wine made from black grapes has been added, the champagne has more ‘red flavours’.
The Flavour Profile of a Moet & Chandon Rosé
If you are buying wine to match bridesmaids dresses, it fills a glass with copper tones. If you’re buying the wine to actually drink it, that’s an excellent idea. There is a strong nose of wild cherries, and to taste, it is full bodied, with strong zesty fruit flavours.
A Good Option if You’re Giving it as a Gift
The company has put the champagne in a very smart presentation box. Just imagine a happy couple enjoying breakfast the day after their wedding with a glass of pink champagne. Better yet, imagine enjoying Valentines Day with a glass of it that you “gifted to your partner”. Joking aside, 2004 was a very good year for champagne. If you can get your hands on a bottle, do, and explain to the recipient how lucky they are.
What Food Does Moet Rosé Pair With?
This is brilliant with charcuterie. Have a few slices of prosciutto with the glass of Moet rose and enjoy the pleasing combination of red fruit flavours with the red meat. The light meat texture matches the slightly fuller bodied sparkling wine. Also remember that the addition of red wine means that there’s more tannin in this sparkling wine, which will help to break down the meat proteins. The 2004 version has also been aged in oak. That will mean that it pairs better with smokier meats as well, and will have some honeyish, toasty notes. It would go very well with honey cured ham.
More Sparkling Ideas for Your Big Occasion:
If you’re still wondering what wine to get for a big day, we’ve got tonnes more advice. This article on gold champagne discusses a very decadent style of the sparkling wine, or if you’re looking for a more artisanal approach, our article on grower champagne looks at the exciting things being done by small producers.