Wine of the Month: Barrat-Masson "La Gand Homée" Champagne Rosé
With just a handful of cases coming into the United States, we're so jazzed that we got our hands on some to offer this outstanding wine to you!
Champagne Barrat-Masson was established by couple, Aurélie Masson, oenologist, and Loïc Barrat, winemaker, in 2010 out of the desire to express their own passion for wine and produce the highest quality Champagne. Together they decided to cultivate vines in the Cote du Sezanne (just south of the Vallée de la Marne) through organic farming, to stay close to nature and allow the wines to reveal their true personality and terroir.
Not only are their wines authentic, but so are Aurélie and Loïc. I had the pleasure of meeting the couple two years ago while in Champagne, and they couldn’t have been more kind, humble and gracious. They oozed of enthusiasm for what they were doing and for the opportunity to share it with the world — and I’m so thankful they did! You don’t find too many profound Champagnes coming out of the Cote du Sezanne, but Barrat-Masson wines are just that. They’re elegant and finessed, always having a chiseled mineral backbone.
Already in love with the Champagnes of Barrat-Masson, we were elated to find out that they would be releasing a new cuvée to the US market — their “La Grand Homée” Saignée Rosé. Only 7 cases came into Illinois and we received the very first case to our store!
This rosé Champagne was created in 2015 from beautifully ripe, hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes, which were then de-stemmed and macerated on the skins for 24 hours. The initial fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, to maintain the freshness and vibrancy of the fruit. The wine then aged on it’s lees for 18 months in bottle and was disgorged by hand with zero dosage.
This bottle of bubbles has a beautiful and unique deep ruby rose color, with very expressive cherry and strawberry meringue aromatics. The mouth is vinous, fruity and refreshing, with ample acidity that leads to a crisp yet juicy finish.