Brut Rosé (NV)

Champagne Valentin Leflaive

Champagne Valentin Leflaive represents a unique interpretation of champagne and its grape varietals. Made with extreme precision, each cuvée is a veritable celebration of minerality, finesse and complexity.

Summary: This Champagne Rosé was made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes coming from the Montagne de Reims. The base wine (70% of the blend) is aged for 7 months in stainless-steel vats. The 30% of reserve wine added was aged in Burgundy barrel; the barrels had been used to make grands crus wines from Olivier Leflaive. Following the secondary fermentation, the wine was aged for 20 months in the cellar.

Additional Information

Elegant and bright with red fruit flavors, fine mousse that supports the. Fresh and complex citrus notes with distinct hints of lemon, cherry, and strawberry. Delicious, refreshing, and crisp – a perfect combination, ready to drink.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Montagne de Reims
  • Winemaker: Erick de Sousa, Olivier Leflaive
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
    "Disgorged in May 2018 with seven grams per liter dosage, the NV Brut Rosé BA1470 is largely derived from Bouzy, supplemented by some 10% Ambonnay fruit. Its denomination BA1470 refers to the communes from which is is produced, its base vintage (2014) and the wine's dosage (70). Offering up aromas of strawberries, fresh pear, mint, honeycomb and pastry, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a nicely concentrated core of fruit, racy acids and good length on the finish. While it is sufficiently fruit-driven to be more than approachable today, there's enough underlying structure here to suggest good aging potential, too."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
    "This Champagne, barely rosé in color, is the result of a collaboration between Olivier Leflaive of Burgundy and Erick de Sousa of Champagne. The wine is lightly structured, with a medium dosage. It is crisp, showing red fruits as well as acidity and a mineral edge at the end. Drink now."
    Grade: Best of the Year, 2019
  • Fortune Magazine Author: Rachel King
    Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
    The Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Worth Popping for All Your Holiday Festivities -- "To officially be recognized as a Champagne, the sparkling wine must be sourced and produced in the Champagne region of France. But the made-to-measure bubbly bottles from Valentin Leflaive are all but from Burgundy in influence and heritage. Olivier Leflaive, of the House of Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet in the heart of la Côte de Beaune, teamed with Erick de Sousa of Champagnes de Sousa in Avize in northeastern France to produce a unique Champagne from Burgundy grapes aged in Burgundy barrels. Champagne lovers have two options to sample: the bright and intense Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV with notes of tropical fruits and brioche, or the elegant and crisp Brut Rosé NV with a red fruit flavor profile—notably cherry and strawberries—cut by a dash of lemon for acidity."
  • Score: 89 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
    "More primary-fruited than others, this shows roasted pears, dried apples and a touch of bread dough. Quite frothy and simple on the palate. Drink now."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine & Spirits Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
    "This is a new project between Olivier Leflaive of Puligny-Montrachet and Erick de Sousa of Avize. They produce this pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims, blending it with 30 percent reserve wines matured in old Burgundy barrels. The wine is reduced at first, with a stinkiness (mercaptans) that calls for decanting to help it dissipate. When it does, the wine is full of fresh red-raspberry scents with a spicy, fennel-like note, intensely flavorful and compelling. In the end, it gives a delicate and elegant impression, in a high-acid style."
    Grade: Year's Best Champagne
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    "A joint venture between Champagne de Sousa and Burgundy's Olivier Leflaive, this rosé is deliciously bright with red fruit. It has a weighty, vinous character with just an edge of tannin to give it extra richness. Hints of toastiness and fine acidity cut through its fruit core. Drink now."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Burghound Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
    "Oeil de perdrix color. An attractively fresh and exuberantly fruity yet complex nose speaks of yeast, citrus peel, especially lemon, along with hints of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. There is a relatively fine mousse supporting the crisp, intense and utterly delicious flavors that are liberally laced as well with plenty of yeast character before culminating in an equally crisp finish that is drier than the stated dosage would unusually suggest. This is one of those rosés that a person could get in trouble with as it's so delicious and refreshing that it's borderline gulpable!"

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