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Champagnes and other sparkling wines from around the world are often reserved for special occasions—after all, nothing makes for a great toast quite like a cold glass of bubbles. But most industry experts will tell you that any day (special or not) is a perfect opportunity to pop a bottle of something sparkling, especially with so many styles available at such a wide range of price points.
Rosé Champagnes—and the category’s pink counterparts outside of the Champagne region—are no exception. “Sparkling rosé is equal parts sexy, sophisticated and fun,” says Kyla Cox, Atlanta-based wine consultant and founder of Cork Camp. “It’s a perfect pairing for casual summer picnics, romantic dinners, and holiday soirées alike.”
Eric Moorer, Director of Sales and Engagement at natural wine shop Domestique in Washington, D.C., wholeheartedly agrees. “I don’t think anyone should turn down the opportunity to drink more [rosé Champagne]—the wines are beautiful, and I believe that we should all be seeking out things that we haven’t experienced so that we can have more enjoyment in our lives,” he tells The Spruce Eats. Here are the top rosé Champagnes and other sparkling rosés to spark joy all year long.
For Moorer, identifying a favorite rosé Champagne comes down to objective quality and any associated memories. “For purely drinking purposes, I would have to start with the Bourgeois-Diaz Cuvée RS. This is a deeply red-fruited wine with incredible acidity and texture, and it has amazing balance and fantastic red wine attributes,” he says.
This wine is made exclusively from late harvest Pinot Meunier grapes (one of the main black grapes used in Champagne production), and the wine sits on the skins for a 24-hour period, rendering its deep, dark, complex rosé Champagne that can easily carry you through several courses. Nostalgically speaking, Moorer is a fan of winemaker Charles Dufour’s Champagnes, particularly the hard-to-find Bulles de Comptoir #Rosexpress NV.
If you’re looking for a reliable, crowd-pleasing, high-quality rosé Champagne, put Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Rosé at the top of your list. It’s a go-to for wine professionals and enthusiasts all over the world, and while it’s not inexpensive (relatively speaking), the value of this wine at its average price tag is impressive.
This non-vintage is a blend of nearly 40 percent chardonnay (which is uncommon in rosé Champagnes), 30 percent Pinot Meunier, and 30 percent pinot noir and is a beautiful, pale blush in color; it’s light yet lush, full of ripe red berry notes, and intensely and elegantly effervescent. Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Rosé is a timeless expression of the family-owned house and of the Champagne region in rosé form.
Contrary to popular belief, flutes aren’t necessarily ideal for drinking sparkling wines. “Personally, I’m a huge fan of drinking champagne and other sparkling wines out of a white wine glass,” says Moorer. “At home, we have the Schott Zwiesel Pure Riesling glasses. I love to drink [Champagne] at around 45 degrees (after getting it quite cold to ensure safe opening, I leave it out to allow the wine to become more expressive). Drinking out of a slightly larger glass enhances this.”
The year 2012 was a tough time for the Champagne region in terms of conditions and yield, but the grapes from this year are widely regarded as being of exceptional quality. Needless to say, Champagne Henriot’s Brut Rosé Millésimé—the French word for “vintage,” or a Champagne made exclusively from the grapes of one specific year’s harvest—is a special one.
Made up of 55 percent pinot noir and 45 percent chardonnay, this brut rosé champagne is aged for at least five years on the lees (dead yeast cells, which impart certain flavors on a wine) and is bright coral in color with notes of ripe red berry and freshly-baked bread on the nose. The palate is beautifully complex, medium in body, and tinged with acidity and minerality, its fruit notes bordering on tropical and leading into a soft, creamy finish. This is a bottle best enjoyed with fish or poultry and shared with people you really like.
“Champagne was once infamous for its producers using lots of chemicals in the vineyards. But now there's a movement strongly in opposition, and Marguet is on that side,” says Christine Collado, General Manager of Parcelle, a boutique online wine shop with a brick-and-mortar location in New York City. “They are a biodynamic producer, making wine with a poetic approach rather than a scientific one. The [Shaman Rosé Extra Brut 2016] is light, savory, and unique within its class,” she adds.
Pick up a bottle of your own from Parcelle’s website; in fact, stock up while you’re at it––they’ve got tons of interesting bottles from all over the world, plus a beautiful collection of wine glasses in addition to a great monthly wine club. Make this shop your go-to for holiday gifting.
If you’re interested in exploring the world of sparkling rosés outside of the Champagne region, there are plenty to choose from, but one of our all-time favorites is Ramona’s canned organic dry sparkling rosé. Founded by sommelier and entrepreneur Jordan Salcito, Ramona makes good quality wine more fun and approachable (and less stuffy), starting with its presentation.
These cans contain about a glass and a half each (four cans equal just over one full standard bottle) of a refreshingly dry sparkling rosé from Abbruzzo, Italy; the wine is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes and is produced using sustainable methods (it’s free from refined sugar, artificial additives, and the like). Ramona’s canned wines, while almost too sessionable, make for a great option if you’re hosting, traveling, picnicking, going to the movies, hanging out at home—you get the idea.
Matthieu Yamoum, Wine Director at the Baccarat Hotel New York (and master saberer, which is a thing), has a solid recommendation for those who want to go all out this holiday season (or whenever, really). “Krug Rosé [is a] wine with a lot of character and structure,” he says, noting that this Champagne makes for a great apéritif or pairs well with dinner. “Its notes of mandarin peel, white cherries, and slight smokiness won’t make you forget about it anytime soon! You can even get all the details about the bottle by scanning the QR code located on the back label.”
It’s not easy to find great Champagne under $50. Luckily, Champagne Lanson, which has been in the game since 1760, has made its centuries of tradition and expertise both accessible and approachable in the form of its core collection, which consists of Le Black Label Brut, Le White Label Sec (a sweeter style), and Le Rosé, to name a few. The house has been producing Le Rosé for over 60 years, and unsurprisingly, it’s become a widely beloved bottle over time.
This award-winning rosé Champagne is peachy-pink in color and is made up of vintages spanning the last two decades, then aging for a four-year period before bottling. It’s fruit-forward, soft, toasty, and full of bright citrus on both the nose and palate with a long, fresh finish.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s generally pretty tough to find a good Champagne under, say, $50, so if you’re looking to stock up on rosé bubbles without breaking the bank, you’ll want to consider looking to other winemaking regions outside of Champagne. Cava is a natural alternative––it’s made in Spain using the same method as Champagne (known as the Méthode Champenoise/Traditionelle, or the traditional method), and you can often find seriously good bottles at a fraction of the price you’d pay for a quality Champagne.
For example, Segura Viudas produces a delicious, balanced, and bright brut rosé (or rosado) that sells on average for around $10. This brut rosé cava is made from both Garnacha and the rare Trepat grape, a black variety native to Spain, and is delightfully crisp with notes of tart cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry leading into a soft, lingering finish.
Behold one of the greatest Champagne and art collaborations of all time: the Louis Roederer and Philippe Starck Brut Nature 2012 collection. Starck’s funky label is designed to mirror the wine inside and vice versa—the idea here was to create something that was “honest, minimal, diagonal, [and] modern” to both the eye and the palate, and the duo (Starck and Louis Roederer CEO Frédéric Rouzaud) achieved the latter by going for a blanc and a rosé on the driest end of the Champagne sweetness scale.
For reference, the term “Brut Nature” indicates that a Champagne contains less than 3 grams of residual sugar per liter of wine. Again, 2012 is an excellent vintage when it comes to Champagnes, and thanks to the minimal sugar content in this Brut Nature, the fruit is front and center in this striking, austere rosé. A biodynamically-farmed blend of 55 percent pinot noir, 25 percent Pinot Meunier, and 20 percent chardonnay, the Louis Roederer Brut Nature Rosé 2012 by Philippe Starck skews pale orange in color; on the nose, there’s a weird yet cool art party with violets, cocoa, juicy raspberry, toasted brioche, saline, and a slight hint of peppercorn in attendance, and the palate is equally intriguing with bright acidity and an impressively long, evolving finish. If you’re looking to celebrate something (literally anything), find this wine and thank us later.
Accounting for 51 percent of its blend, Ayala Brut Rosé Majeur NV is another excellent chardonnay-dominant brut rosé Champagne that you won’t want to miss out on. While it’s a treat to drink on its own, this wine practically begs to be paired with food—its freshness, acidity, creaminess, and subtle spice make it possible to enjoy with dishes like roasted lamb chop, barbecued ribs, or a funky blue cheese.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Céline Bossart is a longtime wine and spirits writer, who tastes all of the wines all of the time (it’s her job). With the help of a few experts, she curated this list to help you decide on the perfect rosé Champagne for any occasion.