To explore the depths and nuances of exceptional CHANDON wines, there’s an approach that can help you out called the "5 S's": See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Savor. Each step plays a vital role in understanding a wine's character, origin, and potential. Let’s look at the 5 S’s through the lens of the CHANDON étoile Rosé and see what we can uncover at each step.
We swirl wine to make aromas and flavors more pronounced to our senses. Swirling aerates the wine, allowing gentle evaporation and oxidation to “open up” the wine, exposing different flavor and aroma components.
However, in sparkling wine, the individual bubbles bursting on the surface do all of the work for you, although many of us do it out of habit.
Small sips with a brief pause on the palate are ideal for allowing the wine to warm slightly and release aromatic compounds into your olfactory passages. At formal tastings, you may hear nearby tasters “slurping”––they’re aerating the wine to open it up a bit more. Isn’t necessary with sparkling wine, as the bursting bubbles accomplish this (just like they do on the nose), but it can enhance the flavors and be a fun, new method to try.
Étoile’s signature is in its elegance and balance: fruity and complex with delicate finesse yet intense flavor.