The brand (and its sibling; Chassenay D’Arce) are both imported by James Busby Fine Wines for the Coles group of liquor stores (First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Liquorland).
But don’t let the big retailer link spook you. I have found both Coles and Woolworths have been somewhat inspired and creative in finding some interesting cooperative and recoltant offerings to fill their lower price ranges – although at $55 per bottle for the Baron, this is not all that much cheaper than a Moët or a Mumm, and pricier than a Lanson or Piper.
Before you run off to buy a cheaper, well known brand, consider that some small scale co-operatives and recoltants operate with the passion that may be absent in some of the larger houses with mass-production methodologies, and the final quality you get out of the bottle may justify the asking price (or in rare cases; exceed it).
Today we are trying the house’s rosé offering. We were quite impressed by the Brut offering and we hope that this wine will leave an other surprise.
This time around though the rosé comes in at a standard varietal price of about $70 per bottle, similar to competition from Mumm and Piper. It can also only be sourced from Vintage Cellars (In Australia, at least) at this time.
Also hard to find at this time is technical data! Baron is part of the Chassenay family of wines, whose rose is a blend of 65% pinot noir and 35% chardonnay. We anticipate much of this wine is the same in assemblage.
Back to Chassenay (CVCA) itself; the cooperative was formed back in 1956, and takes pride in representing the Arce Valley’s produce. It is formed from some 130 families, with 325 hectare’s of vineyards at its disposal. A the heart of the cooperative is the “Maison de Vignerons” in Ville sur Arce – built from bricks and stones sourced from the local area.
The cooperative also uses its vast resources to create some interesting vintages during great seasons; such as the “Confidences” range (2008) and very long held 1995 Vintage, released in 2005. Given the quality of their base wines like this 2016 IWSC medal winning Baron de Villeboerg sampled here (which the link states was entered as a Blanc de Noirs – Pinot Meunier & Pinot Noir only), I would imagine they would be something spectacular.
From: Ville sur Arce, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$70 a bottle available from Vintage Cellars
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (Unknown) with N/A g/l dosage.
Sipped: June 2019
In the Glass:
Look: Vibrant pink with a strong fine bead
Smell: Sweet, light berry freshness with notes of citrus.
Taste: The Baron Rosé arrives with similar notes to its nose; Light berry freshness mixed in with a zippy citric drive.
It’s more of a soft rosé in character where red wine elements don’t dominate the flavour, it tastes more more like a brut NV.
Elements of pink grapefruit come through.
Quite sweet and runs well over the full length of the sip with no drop off in flavour. It’s quite fresh.
Party Potential: A little too obscure for mainstream parties, this is a great little dinner party opener for some wine discussion – most people will never have had it before.
As a Gift: As an obscure champagne brand with a feel of generic – this is best served as a gift to wine buffs only who will use it on the night.
At Home: A nice little sit and cruise over a intimate little dinner with red meats base.
Score & Verdict:
At $70 I feel it is only reasonable value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Relaxed dinner date with close friends.
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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