How Rosé Champagne is Made

May 28, 2019

How Rosé Champagne is Made

A Rosé Champagne is the perfect drink to celebrate any occasion.  

But how is rosé Champagne made?

To start, Champagne can only be made with three grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier or Pinot Noir. 

There are two methods; the first is rosé d’assemblage or blended Champagne and the second is rosé de saignée or macerated Champagne.

Rosé Champagne

Region it’s produced: Champagne, France

Grapes Used: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir

The two methods: Rosé d’assemblage or blended pink Champagne and rosé de saignée or macerated pink Champagne

Typical flavors: Rosé Champagne offers more fruit intensity than it’s white counterpart, doling out red fruit flavors from delicate strawberry to rich cranberry.

For the first method, winemakers add up to 15% of still red Champagne wine, either Pinot Meunier or Pinot Noir, to the otherwise white wine.

The second method involves allowing grape musts to be in contact with the skins for just a few hours. The skins not only impart their color into the wine but some flavor and aromatics as well. This method often produces wine with a deep pink color and stronger flavor profiles.

So whether it’s a celebration or you’re excited that it’s finally the weekend grab a rosé Champagne."