The Royale Reserve Rose is 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier blended from first press juice of Grand and Premier Crus grapes from the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area, and based on the 2009 vintage. Reserve wines (25 to 30% of the blend) are aged in wooden barrels using the solera system to incorporate older wines without losing freshness. The wine is vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation, with partial malolactic fermentation and some of the wine aged in casks to allow the aromas to develop complexity. Dosage is 9 g/l to maintain a balance between freshness, fruitiness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity. Before disgorgement and release, the wine is aged on the lees for three years, far longer than the legal minimum requirement of 15 months.
The still red Champagne wine which is used to craft Royale Réserve Rosé is produced from grapes grown in the Mareuil-sur-Ay terroir, one of the Philipponnat family’s historic crus and the village where the House’s headquarters are now established.