Welcoming Spring with a Floral Rosé Champagne
21st March 2022
..Tick-tock…tick-tock…time rolls on and a new season is coming up… there is a different scent in the air, one of flowers in full blossom: welcome back Spring! It’s time to celebrate the most colourful season of the year.
This is the period during which Nature gives us its best in terms of scents, colours and expectations.
After having enjoyed a quiet winter landscape for months, finally, the countryside looks as if it is being painted by brushes of various colours; kicking off with the almond tree flowers’ white hues, then the apricot flowers’ delicate pink, after this the plum flowers appear with their immaculate white, and last but not least, cherry flowers with their intense pink, all surrounded by speckles of green here and there.
Nature always surprises me with how many incredible gifts it gives us for free. Year after year we can admire them and feel blissful because of it.
Over the centuries, Spring has also inspired poets and painters who have celebrated the most triumphant season of the year with masterpieces of fine art. Above all, the painting ‘Primavera del Botticelli’ by Sandro Botticelli, featuring a cosy garden with mythological characters enjoying the natural wonders that Spring brings.
If I had to pick a colour in particular that reminds me of Spring, I would certainly choose pink. If I told you that in April you might be surrounded by this colour all around you, would you believe me? I’m not going crazy, this is for real: imagine being in a field of peach trees when flowers are in full blossom, with butterflies flying everywhere, a gentle breeze moving tree branches, leaving the peach flower’s petals to float in the air while the warm sun shines. I literally feel like Alice in Wonderland!
At this stage, I just need a glass of wine to celebrate: which wine can better fit the mood than a Rosé Champagne? Its tender blush colour, along with its flowery character on the nose and its vibrant bubbles make this wine just the perfect companion to glorify Spring at its finest! So, this time I choose Rosé de Saignée to accompany me during the wonders of Spring.
My dear fizz and Spring lovers, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Roger-Constant Lemaire Champagne, made on a family estate located in Villers sous Châtillon village in the beautiful Vallée de la Marne.
The Lemaire family history began at the end of the 19th century in Hautvilliers, where a family tradition was born when the gardener and poet Désiré Lemaire purchased what is now the Lemaire vineyards.
The full vision was developed by his grandchild, Roger Constant Lemaire, who understood the importance of harmoniously blending different grapes in order to create high quality Champagne. In 1945, he doubled the size of the estate and relocated the family home and headquarters to Villers-sous-Châtillon. Roger-Constant Lemaire’s daughter, Brigitte, married Gilles Tournant, a talented winemaker, and together with their sons, Sébastien and Guillaume, they continue the family tradition of producing outstanding Champagne using modern and ecologically friendly techniques, such as the use of marine algae in order to protect their vines, negating the need for pesticides.
And here is a Roger-Constant Lemaire Rosé de Saignée Champagne that will bring you happiness and joy at first sip, with its intriguing blush colour and captivating flavours.
Champagne Rosé de Saignée Vallée de la Marne
50% Pinot Meunier, 50% Pinot Noir
This wine is dressed by a wonderful copper colour with fine perlage.
It opens with fruity aromas such as cherry, and floral ones such as orange blossom, embellished by hints of tobacco.
It’s refined with pleasant notes of honey and caramel on the palate.
Flavours are slightly herbaceous, with redcurrant fruits on the finish which conquer the palate with remarkable crispness.
Taking advantage of the lovely temperature, we can now sit outside on a comfortable rocking chair in the sun, being caressed by a gentle breeze. But at this point something is missing to help us fully enjoy this atmosphere…maybe… Ooh, I can hear that clock sound again…tick-tock…tick-tock…it looks like “tick-tock” is suggesting to us that it’s time to open a bottle of Rosé de Saignée and finally enjoy Nature that is coming back to life!
Wine Educator at Università del Gusto, Wine Writer at Glass of Bubbly. Owner and Founder at Enjoyourwine. Find me on Twitter - @enjoyourwine