Doing some Special Club studying today and found a couple of mentions of Geoff Kruth's love for the Bara Special Club Rose bottling. It seems that Mousse and Salmon now make them as well (both 100% Munier at that).
Has anyone ever tried those wines the Mousse or Salmon?
Any others doing rose versions that I've missed, or have them coming in future releases?
The Salmon special club rose is very good. I was lucky enough to taste it about a year and a half ago but I forget details such as disgorgement and vintage. The wine was bright, fresh, layered and intensely flavored. A wine to drink with other geeks but maybe not suitable for a restaurant list. I haven't seen any other special club rose other than what you have listed here.
Mousse is particularly awesome. Highly recommend it.
I've tried other offerings by them and have been intrigued, but haven't seen the SC rose. Good to hear a thumbs up.
Mousse does the Rose de Saignee de Meunier which has 120 hours of skin maceration w the PM. It's neon orange/pink w tannins. Super nerdy so plan accordingly.
I tried the Moussé, but still prefer the Bara. Those are the only two I have had. Personally, I think the 100% Meunier from Moussé is more interesting than the saignée.
I've sold the 2012 Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Spécial Club Rosé and this wine is awesome. However, definitely for the more experienced Champagne fan, and needs some bottle age to show its peak. In terms of PQR, its a lot of wine for around $140 retail. This is what Kermit has on it:
Spécial Club Brut Rosé Grand Cru Millésimé:
70% Pinot Noir (12% Bouzy Rouge), 30% Chardonnay 35 years average vine age, Clay, Limestone• Made by direct press• Ages in bottle for 9 years before release• Current disgorgement: January 2018 (2013 vintage)• Dosage 7 g/L
Hm, 9 year bottle-aging and we are drinking the '12? Curious.
• Current disgorgement: January 2018 (2013 vintage) Yes, very...The regular Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Millésimé is 5 years, and that would ad up. I wonder if its just a typo.