Moutard is a family run Negociant Manipulant house based in Buxeuil, Champagne. They are a bit of a jack-of-all-trades house, with wines and spirits also forming part of the family business. They have 21 hectares of champagne varietal grapes.
According to the house’s own datasheets, the Rosé is built from 55% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and its tint comes from a healthy 15% injection of locally produced red wines. The blending method is typically employed in rosé champagnes to allow for a consistent tint, as opposed to having the wines sit on the skins of the grapes for a short time.
Let’s pop the cork off and give it a try…
From: Buxeuil, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$38 a bottle available from First Choice Liquor
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (55/30/0) with 15% “Buxeuil Rouge” wines and 10 g/l dosage.
Sipped: June 2018
In the Glass:
Look: Soft salmon hue with not a great deal of fizz.
Smell: Sweet. Port wine, currants (think Ribena) and berries. Slight yeasty notes blended with high sweetness fruit.
Taste: This Moutard’s intro is softly zesty, all while being sweet and refreshing.
Flavours include; fresh firm strawberries, light ribena flavour and red apple. It’s just a bit watery in strength.
A bit bitey with a scorched citrus on the medium length finish. It’s a bit harsh but not terribly so.
It really needs to be cold to be most enjoyable, because as it get warm it gets more and more acidic.
Party Potential: When crisp and fresh, this is a very interesting champagne that is very functional and accessible as a rosé offering. I think it would do a decent drop at your larger soirées, although oddly enough, I think that dropping a strawberry in it will make its appeal a bit wider (a travesty I know…).
As a Gift: I got this as a gift, as my friend knew I hadn’t tried it yet. So it makes a decent gift for rosé fans and people who’ve tried a few wines in their time.
At Home: Moutard is a good starter to the weekend at home, with a good cheese and meat platter.
Score & Verdict:
At $38 I feel it is reasonable value for the quality.
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