Jose Dhondt Brut Rose de Saignee n/v
This great value grower-producer is best known for its blanc-de-blancs. Do not overlook this beautiful 100% Pinot Noir Rose.
A Classic Grower Champagne
The Dhondt family started growing grapes for Champagne in 1924 and then began making their own wine 1976. The estate is only 5 hectares. While most of the holdings are in Oger, the Pinot Noir for this rose are from the more southerly Sézannais, which is in the Marne.
The Champagne is lush and fruity up front, but finishes quite dry even with its 6g/l of residual sugar. This is precisely what my palate prefers and though this is not what I would call upper echelon Champagne, I think this is one of the best roses for the money available in BC. To get to the next level of quality for rose you will be looking at $110+ per bottle.
I had a bottle of this with the inventive food of Gastown’s Blacktail and it deliciously stood up to every dish.
$73 at Marquis Wine Cellars