Friday, July 18, 2008

Wine of the Week: Camille Savès Brut Rosé Grand Cru

The small, family-run estate of Camille Savès in Bouzy has been bottling estate champagnes for nearly 100 years. While they have vines in several villages in the area, their rosé is 100 percent Bouzy grand cru, even though the majority of it is actually chardonnay.

The current release is based on the 2004 vintage, with some reserve wine from 2003, and the final blend is 60 percent chardonnay, 28 percent pinot noir and 12 percent red wine, which is also pinot noir from the 2004 harvest. It’s very aromatic on the nose, with a burst of pungent, extroverted strawberry and redcurrant fruit. “Bouzy is a strong, vinous, full-bodied terroir,” says Hervé Savès, the fourth generation of his family to run the estate, and while this character is apparent here in the boldness of fruit on both nose and palate, this wine also demonstrates plenty of finesse as well, with a silky texture and subtle, finely-drawn finish.

Camille Savès is represented by champagne brokers Champagne et Villages, and imported into the United States by various distributors, including Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY, and Triage Wines, Seattle, WA. Polaner’s suggested retail price for the Brut Rosé is $68.

1 comment:

Iuli said...

Oh God,

This is my all time favorite summer-time wine. Who doesn't like Champagne in the summer? Who doesn't like Rose in the Summer. I've been pining for Saces Rose going on 6 weeks now.

I always liked to decant 1/2 of the bottle. I found the increased suppleness helped emphasize the floral notes.

Not being able to get Saves is killing me. Pa wine laws are a joke. For the first time I can actually say, "I miss New York."