For an extremely refreshing Rosé Champagne that is fruit-forward yet crisp and dry, with interesting complexity, try the organic, family-owned, Laherte Freres Rosé de Meunier N.V. If you're on a budget and looking for an alternative that is made in the same method as Champagne, the Gruet Brut Rosé is a great option.
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.
Laherte Frères Rosé de Meunier NV
In a sea of sublime Rosé Champagnes, Laherte Frères takes the crown. This family-owned estate’s roots date back to 1889, and today, the winery is overseen by the dynamic Aurélien Laherte. In addition to preaching the gospel of organic farming in the region, Laherte also founded Terres et Vins in 2009, which comprises some of the region’s most forward-thinking and progressive winemakers in the region. Every year, the group gets together and tastes vins clairs—that is, the base wines for Champagne—and discusses important topics around farming and vinification.
Laherte Rosé de Meunier is not only delicious but also incredibly unique. Whereas many Champenoise winemakers use Pinot Meunier as second or third fiddle, Laherte exclusively uses it for this prestigious cuvée. Fruit for this wine comes from 25 to 40-year-old vines and is crafted from 30% macerated grapes, 60% directly pressed juice, and 10% still red Meunier. Disgorgement is done by hand. Expect flavors of ripe raspberry, orange zest, dried herbs, and chalk to dominate this rich, focused, and extremely refreshing Champagne.
Region: Coteaux Sud d'Epernay (between Marne Valley and Côte des Blancs), Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Meunier (100%) | Tasting notes: Raspberry, orange zest, dried herbs, chalk
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
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.
Price at time of publish: From $95 for 750ml Bottle
Region: Aÿ (Marne Valley), Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier (varies by year) | Tasting notes: Ripe red fruits, citrus zest
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.”
Laurent Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004
Laurent Perrier is one of the most historic and renowned houses in all of Champagne. The estate’s modern-day name, Laurent Perrier, was created by Mathilde Emile Perrier, who both expanded the winery’s holdings and combined two family names after her husband’s death. Following Mathilde, the house was sold to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt, and over the past century, has regularly been spearheaded by powerhouse female leads.
Alexandra Rosé is the estate’s single-vintage Rosé Champagne, first produced in 1987. Crafted from an 80/20 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this satisfying and satiating wine jumps with flavors of red currants, tangy citrus fruits, and dried rose hips. The wine’s bright acid and mineral-driven structure create an all-sensory experience. Now with nearly two decades of age on it, the wine is showing tertiary, gamey undertones that only time can provide. The wine was disgorged in 2012 after aging for eight years on the lees. This is truly an unforgettable bottle.
Price at time of publish: $350
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Noir (80%), Chardonnay (20%) | Tasting notes: Red currants, tangy citrus, dried rose hips, game
"Alexandra Rosé from Laurent-Perrier is the ultimate vintage Rosé Champagne. The Pinot Noir majority in this blend provides rich berry fruit and a heady floral complexity. This elegant bottle is a perfect special occasion sipper." — Prairie Rose, Editor
Champagne Leclerc Briant Brut Rosé NV
As organic and biodynamic farming continues to become more prevalent in Champagne, producers like Champagne Leclerc Briant remain at the forefront of the change. The estate was one of the first to implement organic practices in its vineyards back in the 1960s, followed by biodynamic principles in 1988 (the estate officially received its Demeter certification in 2003). Today, Leclerc Briant farms 10 hectares of vines amongst a handful of premier and grand cru vineyard sites in the Marne Valley and Côte des Blancs. Additionally, the team purchases fruit from eight hectares of organically-farmed vines cultivated by trusted sources.
Leclerc Briant’s Rosé Champagne is crafted mostly from Chardonnay from Couilly and Montgueux, with 5% of Pinot Noir sourced from the Aube added in. The wine spends two years aging on the lees in the bottle prior to release and is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with only low levels of sulfites, as well as less than three grams of dosage. Expect a bright and racy wine marked by flavors of peach skin, grapefruit zest, star fruit, and chalk. Pair with seared tuna, scallops, or a variety of sushi and sashimi.
Price at time of publish: $81
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Chardonnay (95%), Pinot Noir (5%) | Tasting notes: Peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, chalk
Gruet Brut Rosé
For budget-friendly, easy-to-find pink bubbles, look no further than Gruet’s Brut Rosé. Crafted using the same method as Champagne, this varietal Pinot Noir sparkler jumps with flavors of strawberry, white cherry, and toast. It’s perfect for sipping at any time of day, from weekend brunches to pre-dinner aperitifs and everywhere in between.
Based in the heart of New Mexico, Gruet was founded by Gilbert Gruet back in 1984. Originally from Champagne, Gruet was captivated by the terroir of New Mexico, which he discovered on a family vacation. Now nearly four decades later, the estate is crafting some of the most delicious and accessible bubbles in all of the United States. In terms of quality-to-price ratio, these wines seriously overdeliver.
Price at time of publish: $17
Region: New Mexico, USA | Variety: Pinot Noir (100%) | Tasting notes: Strawberry, white cherry, toast
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.”
Price at time of publish: From $370 for 750ml Bottle
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier (varies by year) | Tasting notes: Mandarin peel, white cherries, slight smokiness
Lanson Le Rosé
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.
Price at time of publish: From $70 for 750ml Bottle
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Noir (53%), Chardonnay (32%), Pinot Meunier (15%) | Tasting notes: Tart red fruits, bright citrus, toast
Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rosé
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.
Price at time of publish: $11
Region: Penedès, Catalonia, Spain | Variety: Garnacha, Trepat | Tasting notes: Tart cherry, pomegranate, strawberry
Louis Roederer Brut Nature Rose 2012 by Philippe Starck
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.
Price at time of publish: $105
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Pinot Noir (55%), Pinot Meunier (25%), Chardonnay (20%) | Tasting notes: Juicy raspberry, toasted brioche, saline
Best for Food
Ayala Brut Rosé Majeur
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.
Price at time of publish: $120
Region: Marne Valley, Champagne, France | Variety: Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (40%), Pinot Meunier (10%) | Tasting notes: Pink grapefruit, toast, ginger
What to Look for in Rosé Champagne
What's your budget? How much are you prepared to spend? There are Rosé Champagne choices at a variety of price points—if look outside France, the price will change accordingly—and served in a variety of ways, such as a can. But price is definitely a consideration. Champagne is already associated with luxury and high prices, and Rosé Champagne can be a little more expensive than Champagne because the process of making it is more labor intensive. Look for sparkling wines labeled cava, dry sparkling rosé, or rosé prosecco.
If you're serving Rosé Champagne on its own, you might not be so concerned about how balanced it is when it comes to pairing it with food, or about how it tastes with food at all. (Hint: some of them work great as an after-dinner drink with dessert.) Champagne tends to be a celebratory type of drink, so if it is your centerpiece, you might consider going for one that tastes the best, according to your preferences.
These are fruitier, sweeter Champagnes. That being said, there's some range of flavor, acidity, and mouthfeel. In general, however, you can expect to encounter floral aromas, along with flavors of strawberries, plums, and jam.
What does the word "vintage" mean on a bottle of Rosé Champagne?
The word vintage is a way for the winemaker to specifically signify that the grapes were exceptional for that particular year's wines.
What exactly is Rosé Champagne?
Rosé Champagne is produced using the traditional method from a combination of various permitted grapes within the region. Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier provide the wines with their hue, though many Rosé Champagnes still use a significant portion of Chardonnay. Rosé Champagne is the perfect “food wine” as its fruit-driven character and bright acidity make it an ideal match for a variety of foods, from fresh seafood and salads to seared fish, roasted poultry, cheese boards, fruit-based desserts, and beyond.
What's the difference between Champagne and prosecco?
Both are sparkling wines, but Champagne comes from the so-named region of France, whereas prosecco is from Italy. Champagne's production is more involved and that contributes to its price, whereas prosecco is less expensive to produce and also isn't quite as bubbly as Champagne. The same differences hold true for Rosé Champagne and rosé prosecco.
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.
Vicki Denig is a wine, spirits, and travel journalist based between New York and Paris. Her writing regularly appears in major industry publications, including Liquor.com, WineSearcher, Decanter, and beyond. Vicki also works with a prestigious Rolodex of monthly clients, including Paris Wine Company, Becky Wasserman & Co, Corkbuzz, Provignage, and beyond. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine. When not writing, Vicki enjoys indoor cycling classes and scoping out dogs to pet in her local parks.