Champagne Piollot Pere et Fils Rose de Maceration Brut
This wine is 100% pinot noir from the premier cru Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Fabrice macerates the juice on the skins for up to 12 hours before it is pressed and fermented in enamel. Then 20% of the juice is raised in neutral barrel and the rest is blended with the previous year's wine which was in barrel for 12 months. Doing so allows Fabrice to balance the tannins which naturally come from saignée rosé with the mellowness which comes from a year in neutral barrel. "You must smell the color," says Fabrice.