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.