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Pink fizz with a difference

Published:  03 April, 2009

New from Champagne Pannier is an unusual rosé Champagne that breaks with the norms of pink fizz.

Rosé Velours is produced using the traditional saignée method, rather than blending white and red wines as is the norm for most pink Champagnes.

It also has a higher sugar dosage than is usual for most modern Champagnes, although the end style is still dry but with plenty of ripe, upfront fruit character.

Produced by macerating 25% Chardonnay and 75% Pinot Noir and Meunier, the wine is made exclusively from the hot 2003 vintage, although this is not written on the label.

Rosé Velours comes in an 18th-century-style dark bottle with an accompanying pink handbag.

The basics: £79,