How does this work?
Woolworths owns the brand label “Duperrey” – which is a homage to adventurer Louis Isidore Duperrey who circumnavigated the globe in his ship La Coquille. This brand is attached to a unique champagne made by well-known house; G.H. Martel of Epernay, with grapes sourced throughout the Champagne region. The grape stock used to make Duperrey is taken from exclusively premier cru (better than average) vineyards.
The difficulty with these arrangements is that it can be difficult to gather the technical information; such as the blending ratio and dosage.
Last time out, we tried Duperrey’s standard Non-Vintage offering. This time about its time to try the Rosé. At only $5 more than the NV base – and at sale time priced equal or better, it offers great value. Is this the best rosé for under $50?
Lets take a sip and see…
From: Epernay, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$40 a bottle available from Dan Murphy’s
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (N/A) with N/A g/l dosage.
Sipped: August 2018
In the Glass:
Look: Mid salmon hue, with a bit of a low bubble count
Smell: Has a slight vinegar on the nose, mixed with a blend of lemon, fresh bread notes and berries.
Taste: Nice little introductory first hit of lemon sherbert and just-ripened berry notes – quite refreshing and a sweet intro.
This then transforms into a overly rough, bitter run in the middle of the tongue, and this takes away the balance and subsequent enjoyment. A bit too bitter, to the point where it becomes slightly unpleasant to continuously drink. Needs a food breakup to maximise its value.
Party Potential: At $40 a bottle, it presents an interesting introductory rosé champagne for your soirée, provided you can provide the food to match. It’d also make a reasonable split over a cheeseboard with a few friends.
As a Gift: I personally would avoid giving this as a gift be cause it is a supermarket champagne, and I think gift champagnes should be NM, RM or CA.
At Home: This is a quaffer over an informal Friday night. Do not buy and store. Most certainly a drink-now wine.
Score & Verdict:
At $40 I feel it is average value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Lazy Friday afternoon drinks with my work crew
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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