Champagne Salmon Rosé

£34.99

Very limited volume – only one bottle per customer.

The lovely guys at Champagne Salmon have agreed to pay delivery on the first 12 orders so if you buy a bottle soon, you’ll pay £34.99 only ( and no additional £8.99 delivery charge).

This Rosé is a little unusual because it’s made from 100% pinot meunier. This grape is probably the least famous of the champagne grapes, however, it is well known to insiders for its fruity and fresh characteristics. When you pop the cork expect wonderful aromas of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, lemon and even a twist of coriander and a whiff of rose!

The fruitiness continues on the palate with a delicious dollop of smooth creaminess too. As we said, pinot meunier is also celebrated for its freshness and there is a very pleasant citrus kick on the end of this champagne. We think you’ll like it….a lot!

The Salmon family has been growing grapes for many generations. Michel started producing champagne in 1958 and his son Oliver was born in the same year.  Michel worked with the cooperative in Chaumuzy initially, slowly expanding his vineyard, while using their press. Oliver joined the family firm and in 1983 Champagne Salmon bought their own press and became independent winemakers, this year was also significant as Oliver’s son Alexandre was born. Alexandre, Oliver’s son joined the business in 2003 and today he and his father are co-owners.

Alex in the foreground, Oliver his father in the middle and Romain (Alex's brother in law) in the background

Alex in the foreground, Oliver his father in the middle and Romain (Alex’s brother in law) in the background

The year 2014 saw the arrival of new tanks (and also the birth of Alexandre’s first son!) and the collection of pinot meunier became available. With every new change in the business a new generation arrives!

Grapes and wine-making are not the family’s only passion. Hot air ballooning is a huhe love of theirs. Oliver has been a pilot since 1994 and Alexandre and his sister have been pilots since 2009. The hot air balloon is the emblem of the house (the first logo was designed by Alexandre’s mother and modernised by Alexandre). It is always somewhere on their bottles.

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Over the years the family has developed a strong expertise in pinot meunier, so instead of “hiding it” by blending with chardonnay and pinot noir, they choose to create cuvées of pure pinot meunier. Today Champagne Salmon has a complete collection of pinot meunier champagnes and may well be the only winery in Champagne offering a complete range.

Michel sharing his expertise in the vines with his grandson Alex

Michel sharing his expertise in the vines with his grandson Alex

Champagne Salmon is all about family: Catherine (Oliver’s wife) and Romain (Oliver’s son in law) are both working to develop the business. Today, Alex (Oliver’s son) has joined the business too. Michel still welcomes customers who stop by.

From left to right, Alex (Catherine and Oliver's son), Catherine, Oliver, Michel and Romain (Alex's brother-in-law.

From left to right, Alex (Catherine and Oliver’s son), Catherine, Oliver, Michel and Romain (Alex’s brother-in-law.

  • Blend: 100% Pinot Meunier – 75% Brut Pinot Meunier and 20% Rose Pinot Meunier from the 2013 harvest. 5% Pinot Meunier red wine from the 2012 harvest.
  • ABV: 12%.
  • Dosage 7g/l.
  • To produce innovative and distinctive champagnes, oak barrels from the champagne region are used to age the red wine.
  • Guide Hachette (1 star 2016 – Coup de Coeur 3 stars 2013)
  • Gault et Millau 2016
  • Silver medal IWSC 2015 and 2016
  • Gold Medal at Effervescent du Monde 2014
  • Reviewed in Decanter magazine November 2016 by Stephen Spurrier – awarded 91 points out of 100.
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