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Pretty in pink: Delicious rosé Champagnes to drink year-round

Pretty in pink: Delicious rosé Champagnes to drink year-round

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Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage

The blending of red and white wines makes some fantastic rosés to enjoy as an alternative to traditional Champagne all year-round, says Malachy Duffy.

There was a time in my life when the notion of pink anything lacked appeal. Even pink lemonade seemed suspect. But then I grew up. And I’ve come to love pink wines (with the exception of white Zinfandels). In summer, I ensure there is always a supply of rosé on hand. And when it comes to pink Champagnes and sparkling wines, I like them any time of the year.

To make rosés, there are two possible routes. One is to blend a small amount of red wine with the major component — white — before the secondary fermentation. The other way is to keep the base wine — in this case, red — in contact with the pigment-rich skins only until the desired colour has been achieved. This is the less-common procedure and is called saignée (“bleed” in French). Here are some rosé sparklers that I highly recommend...

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage

I find this is a lovely wine with an alluring nose of blackberries and ripe cherries, plus a hint of orange zest to give it a piquant freshness. That same quality is in the palate, with its flavours of raspberry and cherry and a slight taste of citrus. The finish is long, with just a touch of spice.

£47.95, thewhiskyexchange.com

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