The Rosé de Craie is made with 90% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir grape varietals. They’re aged in barrels and stainless steel vats, creating a medium-bodied, aromatic drink. It shows a beautiful light pink color, with sunset highlights.
This elegant rosé has sophisticated aromas, complex and fresh, with notes of red berries, citrus, and spices. It’s dry and balanced on the palate, with fruity, sweet flavors and a pleasant minerality. It has a lingering aftertaste of white flowers and red berries.
The Champagne of Etienne Calsac Rosé de Craie is great to pair with summer salads, or cheeses like Halloumi and Feta. It’s good with light foods like ceviche, sushi, or bouillabaisse. But it’s also delicious with some heavier fare, like a rack of lamb with a berry sauce, or a braised duck. If you want to enjoy it after a meal, it pairs well with berry desserts.
Etienne Calsac is one of the rising superstars of Champagne. In 2010, at only the age of 26, he took over his grandparents’ vineyards in Avize. The grapes his grandparents grew were originally sold to other, larger houses, but Etienne wanted to change that. He envisioned his own domaine, and thus, Champagne Calsac was born. Using only organic farming methods, and no chemicals or pesticides, he began making his own terroir Champagne with meticulous attention to each detail. He likes to experiment with his Champagnes, and it works out. His drinks are stars, receiving great reviews and attaining considerable popularity. He is young yet, and his name and reputation will no doubt continue to rise.
Fine sparkling wine must be handled with care. For short-term storage (a few days to a month), you can keep your bottle upright—but away from bright or artificial light. For long-term storage, especially for vintage cuvées, you must store the bottles on their side in a wine rack or cellar to keep the cork from drying out. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 10°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 1 to 3 days standing upright in the refrigerator.