[x]

Experts

Keep up-to-date on all the
happenings at Chandon and
join the fun at one of our many
festive events.

Membership is complimentary.

Join Now >

Rosé – more than just a summer romance

We asked Ellen Flora, our wine pairing and entertaining expert, to introduce us to the wonderful world of rosés. She uncorked a few bottles and shared her passion for the "pink side" of Chandon.

Ellen Flora - Senior Wine Ambassador

We asked Ellen Flora, our wine pairing and entertaining expert, to introduce us to the wonderful world of rosés. She uncorked a few bottles and shared her passion for the "pink side" of Chandon.

"Rosés have been relegated to a summer wine," Ellen said, "because rosé still wines are simple to select and prepare, with a very light influence of fruit. But in the world of Champagne, rosés have always been the finest, most precious releases from the house."

"Today, with our growing understanding of wine, we find that we have perhaps missed the amazingly wide range that is found in this category. In my opinion, both sparkling and still rosés that are made from quality fruit like Pinot Noir are an exceptional treat for those who are willing to explore."

Ellen poured a glass of Domaine Chandon Unoaked Pinot Noir Rosé for us, swirling it gently to release aromas of cherry blossom and fresh strawberries. "At Domaine Chandon, we create our rosés from Pinot Noir grapes. For entertaining and pairing with food, no varietal is more versatile than Pinot Noir. It's a wine that's loved by a wide range of palates, easy to drink and enjoy — and frequently referred to as the "seductive heartbreak" grape."

The Domaine Chandon Family of Rosés

etoile Rosé

55% Chardonnay
40% Pinot Noir
5% Pinot Meunier

Chandon Rosé

65% Chardonnay
35% Pinot Noir


Domaine Chandon Unoaked Pinot Noir Rosé

100% Pinot Noir

"In our Prestige category, etoile Rosé is influenced by the addition of Pinot Noir at tirage. (This is the step in the sparkling winemaking process when we bottle the wine for its second fermentation.) etoile Rosé is aged for 5 years on the lees, resulting in a truly elegant sparkling wine."

In the world of Champagne, rosés have always been the finest, most precious releases from the house.

"Let's have some!" Ellen exclaimed, unwrapping the foil collar from a tall, elegant bottle with the name etoile etched on it with beautiful gold script. She poured two flutes, topping each gently as the bubbles streamed up from the bottom in fine graceful lines. "You see the salmon color and copper hues? That's a hint for you of the aromas of plum and raspberry to come, which are followed by layers of flavor and a long, rich finish."

"etoile Rosé is the ultimate choice for any memorable moment. Personally, I never start the holidays without planning to serve it with my favorite foods, like foie gras, salmon, duck, pâté and lobster. The list of good pairings is almost endless for this versatile wine! Any rich foods will find this a great companion because the wine has the ability to temper the rich element in the dish."

"I have to admit, etoile Rosé is also my favorite for romantic moments and for celebrating personal triumphs, like 'living beyond breast cancer.' Oh, and did you know that etoile means "star" in French? I guess that makes it the perfect wine to serve for any stellar moment. I certainly feel like a star when I'm drinking it!"

"Now here's another bubbly you should know about," Ellen said, picking up a bottle of deep rose-hued wine. "In my opinion, Chandon Rosé is the best wine for fun and easy entertaining. The bold color alone says you're having a party!"

Popping the cork, Ellen refilled her glass and held it under her nose before taking a sip. "Ripe strawberry and watermelon. This rosé has the flavor of vibrant fruit, which makes it a great partner for dishes that are inspired by Asian or Latin American cuisine. It can really handle the spice. Some of my favorite pairings for Chandon Rosé are yellow tail sushi with jalapeño chilies, tuna with wasabi and spicy shrimp off the grill. Try this one with any of the dishes that you top with salsa, sour cream or guacamole."

With just one rosé, you can have three different drinks for your party.

"Cocktails are so much fun at parties, and I've found great success teaming up Chandon Rosé with a squeeze of lime, orange or vanilla agave nectar. If you need a sweet treat, try it with raspberry sorbet and a sprig of thyme. Serve either selection in a martini glass and your guests will love the taste and look. With one wine you can have three different drinks for your party. Be sure to check our cocktail recipe section for more ways to enjoy our rosés."

"Domaine Chandon Unoaked Pinot Noir Rosé, Carneros is a versatile wine that I love with grilled seafood, poultry and shrimp. Many people enjoy these lighter dishes all year long, and in many parts of the country, we also grill throughout the year. So this is definitely an all-season wine. And, since it's made from Pinot Noir, it pairs well with — you guessed it — all your favorite Pinot-friendly foods! Pinot Noir and bacon go well together, so remember to try this with BLTs or sausage served with rich grain breads. Prosciutto and melon is one of my favorite appetizers. Everyone loves it, and the crispness of our Pinot Noir rosé really makes this dish sparkle. These are all easy and approachable pairings that you can serve no matter what the season."

"Chandon rosés bring great depth to your meals and your parties — not only in appearance and aroma, but also in taste. Not only in summer, but also year round. So feel free to explore the possibilities of a sparkling or still rosé on your own. Whatever the occasion, you'll always have fun drinking pink!"