We have another excellent Champagne From Coessens, and this time its one of our favorites, the Brut Rose. All of Jerome Coessens' grapes come from the Monopole vineyard 'Largillier,' entirely dedicated to Pinot Noir. The vineyard is worked sustainably and is comprised of 4 plots which Jerome has named: Mineral, Fruit, Flower, and Substance. After an excavation to analyze the soil, it was discovered that the soil of Largeillier is comprised of Kimmeridgian Marl No. 2, the same soil that the top premier and grand cru vineyards of Chablis contain. This is the same vineyard that Selosse gets his grapes from for his Largillier, which sells for five times the price (he and Coessens are friends and have worked out an agreement).
Over the years, Jerome Coessens has become one of our favorite Grower Producers. His Champagne are some of the most vineyard-driven we have tasted, leaving almost everything to nature with very little intervention. His rose is made with the Saignee method, which gives tremendous character, power, and extra substance to this rose which is also conveniently is sourced from his Substance plot of Largillier. Jerome only makes his Rose de Saignee when the grapes reach perfect maturity. Vinification is carried out in the traditional way, which involves crushing the grapes by foot so the grape skins can release all their aroma, tannin, and deeper color into the juice. Though it is a bold wine, it has impeccable balance and shows a lovely level of elegance. Displaying beautiful, cool red fruits that have a perfume-like quality; however, one of the critical factors for this Cuvee, playing to the tune of vineyard expression, is the fantastic minerality it holds. While many producers try to capture single-vineyard expression, Coessens succeeds in single plot expression and is one of the true to form Champagnes that captures the essence of what grower Champagne is and should be