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Eugène Rosé is characterised by a blend of two perpetual reserves: one of white wine (Eugène) and one of red wine.
The red wine is made from a single Meunier plot from Cuisles, vinified and aged in barrels of minimum 8 years old, which gives the Rosé a big identity.
Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, mirabelle plum, candied peel and fresh pastry, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a rich and sapid core of fruit, lively acids and a delicate pinpoint mousse.
A grower since 1750, Champagne Moussé sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While Pinot Meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Moussé, Pinot Meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are Meunier, with the balance planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This agency is the first member of Club Trésors de Champagne to make a Spécial Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier and the first Club member to produce a Rosé de Saignée Spécial Club. In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonée’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper. His new winery, completed in 2012 may be deceiving; the modern facility leads us to believe this is a new operation. Solar panels power the cellar, tasting room, and 2 houses on the property, while geothermal energy moderates temperature throughout the winery. An underground spring provides enough water for irrigation on the farm. Moussé works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of Pinot Meunier destined for his rosé. All cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of Pinot Meunier, and a structured, saline minerality - Peter Liem
A blend of two perpetual reserves: one of white wine (Eugène) and one of red wine, both reserves ranging from 2003 to 2020. Composition includes 82% Pinot Meunier and 18% Pinot Noir from the Cuisles, Jonquery, Châtillon-sur-Marne terroirs. 90% of soils are composed of green clays over limestone.
The red wine is made from a single Meunier plot from Cuisles, vinified and aged in barrels of minimum 8 years old. Old barrels are used in order to stimulate oxidisation. Meunier grapes vinified with long and cold pre-fermentation macerations are very singular, which gives this rosé a big identity.
Grapes are hand picked in market gardening crates and the wines undergo full malolactic fermentation, with sustainable and organic viticulture practices at the forefront. 2.5g/L dosage. Ageing on lees for an average of 18 months before disgorging.
Would work well with Asian inspired cuisine - along the line of pork and ginger dumplings or Crispy duck pancakes. You could also try a quality prosciutto or a red fruit dessert.