Barnaut Grand Cru Rose NV
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: ”Bright orange-pink. Red berries, citrus zest, brioche and smoky minerals on the deeply scented nose. Chewy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering focused strawberry and bitter blood orange flavors and a hint of dusty minerals. The mineral quality adds cut to the finish, which lingers with very good smoky tenacity. This Champagne could stand up to spicy, strongly seasoned foods.”
90 points Wine Spectator: “Smoky, this austere version shows angular acidity and a firm bead, offering flavors of black currant, pomegranate, licorice snap and slivered almond. Finds balance with food. Drink now through 2015.”
K&L Notes: “Based in Bouzy, this small estate producer specializes in Pinot Noir-based Champagne. Edmond Barnaut was one of the first to base his brand outside of Reims and Epernay. He set up shop in Bouzy in 1874. Cellars were dug 15 meters underground and five generations of Barnaut descendants have maintained the quality of the house. Production is currently at about 120,000 bottles. Saignée method rosé from Pinot Noir with 10-15% Bouzy Chardonnay. Eighteen months on the lees.