Delamotte Rosé NV is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, sourced in their entirety from Grand Cru vineyards.
All the Chardonnay comes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Delamotte is one of only a handful of champagne houses to uphold the traditional 'macération' (sometimes called 'saignée') method of making rosé champagne, whereby the juice of the grapes remains in contact with the grape skins for a small period of time at the start of fermentation, extracting colour and flavour while contributing to structure.
Pinot Noir dominant allows for a beautiful pale rose colour and combined with the chardonnay, flavours are strong yet elegant. Red fruit aromas with a good acidity.
Champagne Delamotte is not only one of the oldest champagne houses, but also, arguably, one of the most refined in style and pedigree.
Established in 1760 in the prestigious village of Le Mesnil, Champagne Delamotte is Chardonnay's most dedicated advocate. Indeed, most of Delamotte's vineyards are planted with Chardonnay, all of which enjoy the exalted Grand Cru status common to the very best Champagnes.
Alongside the elegant Delamotte Brut NV (a blend with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier but Chardonnay-dominant nonetheless) and delicate, strawberry-scented rosé, the Blanc de Blancs cuvées (non-vintage and vintage) are the stars of the show, both tantalisingly rich yet delicate.
This is hardly surprising, considering Delamotte's status as sister house of the legendary Salon Champagne, perhaps the world's finest and rarest Blanc de Blancs Champagne.