Champagne Brut?is dry, sparkling wine from the Champagne region of northern France. Champagne of any color can be brut, both the standard white and?Ros?. It is made from the classic?Champagne Blend?(typically Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) but in theory can also include the four lesser-known Champagne varieties: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris,?Petit Meslier?and?Arbane.
One of my favorite Champagne producers, J. Lassalle has turned out a spectacular non-vintage Brut Rose. It exhibits a light salmon/pinkish hue, and a gorgeously fresh, ripe nose of framboise reminiscent of a kir royale. This concentrated, yet delicate, authoritatively-flavored Champagne is dry, intensely rich, with plenty of cherry/strawberry-like flavors, medium body, and a long, fresh finish.