The 15 most expensive rosé Champagnes: 15-6

The rosé wine category is white hot, as is sparkling wine. Combine the two and you’ve got an explosive proposition.

Once derided as little more than fermented strawberry jam, the top rosé Champagnes are now taken seriously as fine wines and almost always command a higher premium than their blanc counterparts.

Rosé Champagne is enjoying a revival, and now accounts for 15% of Champagne shipments in the US and 10.4% in the UK. Since 2005, sales of pink Champagne in the US have risen at a rate of 3.6% each year.

Things are similarly rosy in the UK, where both volume and value sales are significantly up. A healthy 3.2 million bottles of rosé Champagne were shipped to the UK last year, up 13% on 2015.

For leading rosé producer Laurent-Perrier, its sparkling pinks account for over a quarter of its total sales. However, Ruinart was the first house to think pink, producing its inaugural rosé back in 1764.

Rosé Champagne is usually produced by adding of a small amount of red wine – usually Pinot Noir from Bouzy – during blending. Although some houses, like Laurent-Perrier, opt for the saignée method, where colour is attained by ‘bleeding’ it from the skins of Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.

With its fuller body and more robust, red-fruited flavour profile than blanc Champagne, sommeliers are drawn to rosé’s food matching capabilities.

To celebrate rosé Champagne’s renaissance, we’ve rounded up the 15 most expensive expressions on the market, starting with numbers 15 to 6.

The listed prices are for 75cl bottles including VAT at UK retailers, though in instances where only magnums are available, the magnum price is used.

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