(2015) The neckband of all of the 'D' non-vintage wines states "Aged 5 years." The rosé is an assemblage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a 2008 base, with 10% Pinot Noir. Again only a small proportion goes through malolactic. Michel says "I don't want to use too much reserve wine, as I want to retain a fresh style. If I served it in a black glass I would want you to be wondering whether it is white or a rosé." It is certainly very delicate, though there is a little earthy and smoky character with small red fruit notes, a touch of pomegranate or redcurrant, nicely aromatic. There is a shimmering lemony freshness and very pure fruit-driven palate, with little sign of autolysis as it drive through with a salty mineral freshness.
(2011) The blend is 70% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 5% vin rouge for a wine where three years in bottle has given a nicely toasty, earthy edge to this peachy-pink wine. The fine, crisp mousse is fresh on the palate, and dry red fruits like cranberry and redcurrant abound. Very tasty and easy to drink, though the racy, taut finish shows plenty of class.
(2011) Pinot-dominated, with Pinot Noir and Meunier accounting for around 90% of the blend. Quite a deep coppery-pink, with plenty of streaming, fine bubbles. There's a creaminess and richness on the nose here, a little bit of brioche and sweet earthiness and truffle. On the palate the soft, cushiony mousse delivers delicious, sweet-edged berry fruit across the tongue and into a long, very fresh finish. Lovely.
(2011) Based on the classic 'Yellow Label' blend, with the addition of around 12% red wine. It has a lovely peachy-pink colour and masses of miniscule bubbles. Aromas are lively and fruity, with a keen raspberry edge to the fruit and a little background of herbs and briar. On the palate this has a crisp, lively attack with that very precise, sweet berry fruit and a long, lemony and fresh finish. Another really enjoyable roé Champagne I must say.