I suppose I’m guilty of not taking pink fizz seriously enough. Well, in light of today’s date, I’ve opened a couple. I’m trying to pretend that I’m being ironic, but they’re actually quite delicious drinking. The surprise is how good the English fizz is.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV
12% alcohol. Pink with an orange hue. Bright, sweetly fruited nose is quite berryish with some taut toastiness. The palate has some herby notes as well as fruit sweetness and good balance. Very drinkable, this. 88/100 (£36.99 Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason)
Chapel Down Sparkling English Rosé Vintage Reserve NV
12% alcohol. Very lively with taut fruity notes on the nose: fresh with some cherry and rosehip character. The palate is dry and crisp with some sappy notes and subtle herbiness as well as nice crisp fruit, with a hint of strawberry richness. Good stuff. 87/100 (£19.99 Majestic, Booths and www.englishwinegroup.com)