Jean de La Fontaine "La Flatteuse" Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1356158 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 With up to seven years' bottle aging, this is at a fine point between crispness and a fuller, more mature style. It is ripe with red fruits, cut with acidity and a hint of toastiness. (RV)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

This complex rosé has great depth from the over five years that it's aged on the lees, but it still keeps great snap and refreshment. It is composed of 40% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The color and wonderful red cherry rosé flavor comes from 8% red wine made from a combination of Meunier and Pinot Noir that is vinified in wood. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
This rosé Champagne has the haunting, nearly strawberry like fruit set against a bright, dry finish that makes me thirsty for more and more. How do they make something so subtle, well balanced and intriguing for such a great price? I can't wait to visit them next year and find out!
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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2018 | Send Email
Another gorgeous wine from an exceptional producer in the Marne Valley, the Flatteuse rosé pampers the palate. Red fruit and candied citrus sing beautifully alongside counterpoint from gravelly minerals, a touch of salinity and a note of savory wood. In an usual step, they vinified this wine in oak rather than steel, but you can't argue with the results. This boutique style of winemaking, with its forward thinking and unmistakable quality, makes me excited about the future of Champagne.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the most exciting rosés I’ve tasted in awhile. It has a very pretty bouquet of flowers and red fruit, with a touch of brioche. The flavors unfold on the palate with cherries, baking spice, pear and even a little tangerine from the meunier dominant blend. The flavors are completely complementary and integrated and display great precision and balance.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
An elegant, light-colored rose that perfectly balances the richness offered up by patient time on the lees, and a bright, refreshing core of citrus and tart red fruit. Beautiful aromatics come through from start to finish. This is a fitting champagne for the sunny autumn afternoons we are settling into-- clean, with just the right amount of toastiness.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Some of my new favorite champagne is definitely the Jean de la Fontaine line from Baron Albert. K & L are the proud 1st importers of Baron Albert on the US market and I hope we see them for years to come! The house is now headed by the Heiresses of the family “The Baron Sisters”. Three sisters that continue to live and work by the family motto; “to join our forces to grow stronger”. Jean de la Fontaine was a 17th century fabulist who is re-known in France and most of the world for his fables and short stories. “La Flatteuse” refers to Jean de la Fontaine’s fable, The Fox and the Crow where the fox out-wits the crow by sheer flattery. This champagne is just that, sheer flattery. Nice crisp, concentrated bubbles and juicy red berry fruit complimented with great freshness. The moral here is to not give up your champagne to anyone no matter what they say, however we do encourage you to share.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
This producer is named after Jean de La Fontaine, writer of animal fables. It is also our newest direct import champagne. This is definitely for a lover of red wines that hasn't found a champagne to fall in love with. It has about 8% of barrel aged red wine in the cuvée. It also has red fruit, mostly red currant splashing around on the palete.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
A new addition to our Direct Import Family. The Fontaine Rose is pretty and vibrant with notes of raspberries and a perfume of rose. The tart raspberry and citrus give focus to the medium bodied wine. A dry, but juicy mouth watering finish is there to greet you at end of each sip.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
With three years on the lees, this delightful Rosé Champagne opens with subtly leesy aromas intermingled with underripe peach and tangerine, while the palate is lightly creamy, and spiked with a surprising tinge of anisette and lemon pith. This is an undeniably fun Champagne, and one best suited for oysters or a day in the sunshine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is more masculine than its non rosé counterpart, deeper, more complex, more savory flavors and there seems to be muscle lying underneath. On the palate the flavors broaden, show a bit of grip and depth while the more savory Pinot flavors come out. The finish is bold, a real rosé statement of power and flavor and shows a lifted finish.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2018 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous Rosé Champagne, with a medium weight body and a lovely, fresh balance of fruit. Great length and bright acidity give it a "pow" and creates a wine you can't stop thinking about for several minutes after you're done. This may be my new go-to Rosé, prefect by itself or with a multitude of dishes heading into Fall.

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