From titans of finance to creators of champagne - Baron Eric de Rothschild, Monsieur Phillipe Sereys de Rothschild, Baronne Phillipine de Rothschild, Baronne Ariane de Rothschild, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild
Is there anything the Rothschilds can't do? This legendary family dynasty is renowned for their financial finesse but their winemaking skills are also quite impressive. So, when duty called for me to put on my little black dress and head over to the trés chic La Grenouille restaurant in NYC for a tasting of Champagne Barons de Rothschild, I happily accepted my mission.
Although the Rothschilds have been making wine for years, the champagne is a new venture that unites three branches of the family. Champagne Barons de Rothschild stands out in the marketplace with the advantage of a well-known name and I am happy to report that the taste lives up to the expectation of excellence and elegance. Fairly new to the United States, Champagne Barons de Rothschild currently has three non vintage bubblies in their portfolio - Brut, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé. The striking bottles bear the Rothschild name and crest while the champagne within is the result of their close alliance with Champagne families with generations of expertise in creating beautiful bubblies.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut
This well-rounded and smooth Brut is made by blending Chardonnay (primarily Grand Crus from the Cote des Blancs), Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wines that have been aged at least three years. I found the wine to have very fine bubbles and a subtle aroma of toasty notes with hints of white flower. Perfect as an apertif or paired with light seafood dishes, chicken, and risotto.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs
More and more, I find myself really enjoying Blanc de Blancs champagne - bubblies made with 100% chardonnay grapes. I love the purity of the taste and Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs does not disappoint. A golden-yellow color, the taste is defined by supple citrus with a pleasing minerality - quite lovely. Recommended pairings include seafood platters, grilled sea bass, and lemon tart.
I could sip this rosé all day long - not too sweet & not too dry, it is a tasty blend of over 85% Chardonnay with Pinot Noir. A beautiful shade of salmon pink, the aroma hints at strawberries and rose petals with a trace of citrus zest. The bubbles are very fine and the wine goes down very smoothly but it has great body. The versatility of this rosé makes it a perfect pair with sushi, fresh strawberries, and even a sweet rhubarb tart!
I loved this rhubarb tart paired with the Rosé. The colors and taste of the dessert were harmonious.