Grains de Celles Rosé is an invigorating champagne rosé, elegantly revealing her terroir in freshness of fruit and fragrance.
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Sister to Grains de Celles, this champagne rosé blends 50% Pinot noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot blanc. The addition of red wine (5%–10% Coteaux Champenois Rouge, a 100% still Pinot noir) in Grains de Celles produces this vibrant, refreshing and immediately accessible champagne rosé. The current release (base 2019, disgorged May 2022) boasts a deeper salmon hue, exotic citrus flavours and a more savoury character, setting it apart from previous vintages while still retaining its signature energy.
The presence of Coteaux Champenois Rouge gives Grains de Celles Rosé the perception of Pinot noir, as layers of red fruit dance across the palate with light tannins and a savoury undertone. Stepping out boldly, notes of cranberry, blood orange and lime flirt with the long, refreshing finish, flush with delicious sapidity.
A perfect food companion any time of the day.
Aurélien Gerbais, 8th generation grower and 4th generation winemaker of Champagne Pierre Gerbais, spearheads this small, artisanal Domaine located in the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Côte des Bar. Being the southernmost vignoble of the four main growing regions of the Champagne AOC, the Côte des Bar is distinct to the north of Champagne in both history and terroir and, therefore, grape varietals and taste profile. Here, the soil is clay and limestone, which is preferential for Pinot noir growth; in contrast, northern Champagne generally has chalky soils in which Chardonnay and Meunier dominate. In the river valley village of Celles-sur-Ource in particular, Pinot blanc (one of the four ‘rare’ grape varieties of the Champagne AOC) is cultivated due to its resistance to humidity and spring frosts, and it is the precise, original and masterful expression of this heirloom variety that situates Champagne Pierre Gerbais as pioneers of this exciting region.
The House has a total of 20 plots across 17.5ha, composed of 50% Pinot noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot blanc. Within the region, the family holds both the greatest share of Pinot blanc, with over 4ha of vines, as well as the oldest Pinot blanc vines, on a plot called Les Proies, planted in 1904.
Aurélien, grandson of the eponymous Pierre Gerbais, continues to uphold his forefathers’ revolutionary vision of innovation and excellence while making his own indelible mark since joining the Domaine in 2009. Following from his father’s conversion to organic cultivation in 1996, Aurélien focuses on precise, sustainable and qualitative winemaking to reflect the unique terroir. Half of the House’s cuvées are made without added sulphites, and, each year, Aurélien releases a special experimental cuvée dedicated to enriching knowledge and creating novel experiences through unique varietal expression.
With the acquisition of a new wine cellar in 2017, Aurélien and his partner, Audrey, released five new single-parcel cuvées in 2021—most of which have never been seen before in isolation—along with an update to the Estate’s label design. Gilded and textural, the beautifully drawn labels are based on maps and soil, zooming in on terroir to capture imagination—and each is a treasure map inviting exploration. The quality of the cuvées is unmistakeable, reflecting Aurélien and Audrey’s constant pursuit of individuality and improvement—a signature attribute that continues to place the Gerbais family ahead of their contemporaries.