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Devaux Cuvée Rosée

Côte des Bar, Champagne

Awards

  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2010

Devaux

Devaux is a dynamic Champagne house located in the southern part of Champagne...

It is one of the biggest vineyard holders in the region, with 1,480 hectares in the Aube and the Côte des Blancs. This control over its grape supply is a rarity in Champagne, a region where growers traditionally sell to the houses who control the brands. Due to the favourable southerly location of many of its vineyards, Devaux is a Pinot Noir and Rosé specialist. The quality of the wines illustrates why Tom Stevenson, the UK’s leading writer on Champagne, listed Devaux as one of his top 10 fastest improving producers in Decanter magazine.

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Vineyards

Devaux are Pinot Noir and Rosé specialists. The majority of their vineyards are located in the Aube. This location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives Pinot Noir a lovely richness on the nose and finish, yet retains the finesse. Some Chardonnay is included in the blend; this is also grown in the Côte des Bar, with a proportion from the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs to give liveliness and elegance.

Vinification

Fermented in stainless steel, the traditional method of Rosé production is used, involving the addition of Pinot Noir still wine (14% of the total blend) prior to the second fermentation. The wine undergoes a slow second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on its lees for 36 months (the legal minimum is 15 months). This gives a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine receives a Brut dosage of 10g/l. 15% of reserve wines are used in the blend.

Tasting Notes

This wine is complex, with very fine bubbles,  a creamy mouth-feel, flavours of raspberry, strawberries, some hazelnut notes and a long finish.  

Vintage information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 73% Pinot Noir
27% Chardonnay
Region Côte des Bar, Champagne
Winemaker Michel Parisot
Alcohol (ABV) 12%