Jean Pierre Vincent, winemaker at Nicolas Feuillatte, presented a special Rosé Champagne tasting at the Washington DC Four Seasons this week as part of his 2011 Winemaker Tour. Jean Pierre is retiring next year, so this was a great opportunity to meet him and to taste the most recent vintages of Nicolas Feuillatte. Our last comprehensive tasting of these Champagnes was for the IWR Report # 9 Champagne of December 2007.
The Rosé Champagne tasting consisted of 5 Champagnes: the Rosé Non-Vintage, the 2004 Cuvée 225 Rosé, the 2000 Palmes d’Or Rosé and the 2003 Palmes d’Or Rosé. Our favorite by far was the Cuvée 225 Rosé, a rich tasting, elegantly styled Champagne with lovely yeast and delicate raspberry aromas, and a long satisfying finish. Re-tasting the 2000 Palmes d’Or Rosé was also a treat. The Champagne was light and delicate when we tasted it three years ago, and it remains so today. The 2003 Palmes d’Or Rosé revealed the ripeness of that warm vintage year.
The Rosé Champagne tasting was followed by lunch served with an additional four Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes. The Champagne and food pairing consisted of:
Ahi Tuna Tartare with the crisp, fresh 2004 Blanc de Blancs ($35)
Sustainable Shrimp with the delicious 2003 Cuvée 225 ($85)
Crisp Stuffed Quali with the elegant 1999 Palmes D’Or ($135)
We thank Jean Pierre Vincent for his visit. We also thank Pascal Boyé, Nicolas Feuillatte USA Sales Director, and Pamela Wittmann, Millisime Ltd., for the information they provided.