Rose, Blanc de Blanc & Brut
Champagne made by the Rothschild family? To those who know French wine this is an oxymoron. After all, the Rothschild family is from Bordeaux and they only produce the area's Premier Cru red still wine. By French law, even if the company produced sparkling wine in Bordeaux it could not be called Champagne as only bubbly made in the demarcated area of Champagne in northeast district of France can be called Champagne. But, the Rothschilds do produce Champagne….read on.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild is made up of three different branches of the family which individually own three different crème de la crème chateaux in Bordeaux: Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite-Rothschild and Clarke. In 2003 these three branches of the family (often seen as rivals) came together and formed a boutique company with the sole purpose of producing Champagne. All of the grapes that make their bubbly are from the Champagne region’s top vineyards.
The Barons de Rothschild Champagne was first released in 2015. I had the good fortune to have one of these early bottles thanks to dear friends who graciously gifted me a bottle for my birthday. I have never forgotten it and, in fact, blogged about it as one of the best wines I had in 2015. Last week we had a party to christen a small property on the beach we just purchased. These same friends showed up with another bottle of Rothschild Champagne.
There are only 500,000 bottles made each year so it’s not widely available in the US. However, it is worth seeking out. You can find it easily online, and upscale area Costco’s occasionally have it. I’ve had some serious Champagne in my day, but believe me when I say, this is gorgeous stuff. The wine comes in five different possibilities. There’s a Brut (made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), a Rosé (only Pinot Noir), a Blanc de Blanc (only Chardonnay), and a 2005 Vintage wine (made only of grapes from this vintage). I was gifted the Brut.
If you’re looking for a great bottle for a special occasion, look no further. This wine is the bomb.