These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Want to pop a cork after you’ve pop the question? Or just after some fizz for a romantic evening? We’ve rounded up the best pink to drink this February 14th

Rosé champagne may be pretty in pink — but it’s also pretty rare. In fact, out of the millions of bottles of bubbly produced by France’s fizziest province every year, only 4% have a touch of blush to them. And, unlike normal rosé wine — which gets its distinct pink colour through the ‘saignée method’ (where red grape skins macerate into the wine during the fermentation process) — rosé champagne is created by adding a dash of red wine to normal, existing champers.

It’s special stuff, is our point. And, although it has been commercially available since the late 1700s, there’s still a certain stigma attached to rosé champagne. Is it perceived to be too feminine? Too sweet? Who knows. Thankfully, February 14th is the one day of the year when we’re actually encouraged to drink pink — a perfect pairing for the hearts, cards and syrupy sentiment. 

And we’re all for it. So, to ensure you pop the right corks this February 14th, we’ve rounded up 14 of the best bottles of rosé champagne for Valentine’s Day…

Lanson Le Rosé Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Chardonnay, primarily. But it owes that salmon pink shade to a shot of Pinot Noir. 

Flavours and aromas? Roses, which makes it ideal for Valentine’s Day. Also hints of red berries and fruit, notably strawberry — and a crisp, well-rounded finish.

What does it pair with? Chocolate-dipped strawberries wouldn’t go amiss — although Lanson’s rosé also pairs perfectly with white meat mains and fresh fruit desserts. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Lanson Le Rosé Champagne

£40

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Louis Roederer Vintage Rosé

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Created using the same Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as Lanson’s rosé above, Louis Roederer is among the few champagne houses which use the ‘saignée method’ to create their pink bubbly.

Flavours and aromas? Again, fruit notes — but more intense this time. This is a punchier, more potent fizz  with notes of tangy blueberry, spiced pepper and zingy strawberry.

What does it pair with? Given the power it has on the palate, Louis Roederer’s Valentine’s Day offering could stand up to gamier meats, including lamb, veal or pheasant. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Louis Roederer Vintage Rosé

£70

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Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Laurent-Perrier has done the double: unusually using just one grape variety — Pinot Noir — as well as the rarer ‘saignée method’.

Flavours and aromas? Forget strawberries. This rosé is all about the raspberries and redcurrants; wonderfully refreshing and with small (yet vivacious) bubbles. 

What does it pair with? Try something equally fresh to really bring out those flavours. We’d recommend marinated raw fish, ceviche or freshly grilled prawns. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé 

£65

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Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Initially made as a Blanc de Blancs champagne from Chardonnay grapes, Ruinart adds a dash of Pinot Noir to the mix to put the ‘rose’ into ‘rosé’.

Flavours and aromas? There’s a beautiful depth to Ruinart’s rosé offering. The fruit-forward notes of strawberry and raspberry are present — but with more complex cherry aromas swirling around under the surface.

What does it pair with? Ideal for Valentine’s vegetarians, why not capitalise on that complexity and pair with other deep-flavoured fruits and vegetables — from fresh pineapple to roasted aubergine. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne

£70

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Bollinger Rosé Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? The classic Chardonnay base, to create a silky, fine-textured fizz — with a hint of Pinot Noir for colour (but less than is added to an average rosé champagne).

Flavours and aromas? Strawberry? Check. Redcurrant? You bet. What else? Happily, more red wine characteristics have carried across here — with a welcome burst of spice also present on the palate.

What does it pair with? Given those deeper, spicier notes and surprisingly robust body, we’d go all-in and pair Bollinger’s rosé with some piquant Japanese cuisine.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Bollinger Rosé Champagne

£39

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Excitement in the grape varietal game! Billecart-Salmon, never a house to follow the herd, uses three varieties in its rosé: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

Flavours and aromas? Thanks to that extra grape variety — and the fact Billecart-Salmon use their own their own cultured yeast — you can expect subtler, more left-field flavours; such as roasted nuts. 

What does it pair with? We wouldn’t bother. With its slightly savoury leanings, Billecart-Salmon’s offering makes for an ideal aperitif — to get those tastebuds tingling for a grand Valentine’s meal.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

£65

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Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? With its Chardonnay base and shot of Pinot Noir for colour, Veuve Clicquot’s medium-bodied rosé has a vivid, vibrant colour — and looks great in the glass.

Flavours and aromas? It’s softness all around with this one. From those fine, silky bubbles to the rounded, robust berry flavours, it’s a luxurious rosé that rolls off the tongue.

What does it pair with? We’d go for something tart and fresh — to allow Veuve Clicquot’s rosé to soften its harsh edges. A peppery smoked salmon, perhaps. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

£51

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé NV Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? From the largest estate in Champagne, Moët & Chandon have whipped up a top-line rosé from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes — with a signature pink copper colour.

Flavours and aromas? There’s something a little rogue about this rosé. With an unexpectedly zesty mouthfeel and flavours of earthier wild strawberries, it’s a rule-breaking, tastebud-tingling treat.

What does it pair with? Complement the zest of the wine with the zing of something piquant — perhaps a grilled fish meal topped with a pickled or marinated garnish.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé NV Champagne

£60

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Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Another rosé to reach for the triple, this is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier varieties — a recipe that affords the champagne a rich long palate.

Flavours and aromas? Pomegranates, pears, apricots, blood oranges — but also bready notes of biscuits, butter and breakfast pastries.

What does it pair with? Breakfast. Nothing pairs better with some fresh berries and lightly grilled brioche than a fluteful of Perrier-Jouët’s finest pink. 

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

£75

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Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Now this is an odd one. Ayala’s Rosé Majeur is an unusual blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and still red wine from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. But it works — trust us.

Flavours and aromas? Thanks to a high proportion of Chardonnay in the blend, you’ll get tart notes of red gooseberries and raspberries — but then an unexpected, lengthy and voluptuous finish.

What does it pair with? We’d go meaty again. Some British lamb chops perhaps — served pink to match this delicate, surprising rosé.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur

£36

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Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Primarily, a high proportion of Chardonnay — which is unsurprising given how important it is to the inimitable Taittinger style. And a dash of vinified red Pinot Noir.

Flavours and aromas? Taittinger has gone in strong with the red berry flavours. Raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant notes are practically bursting from the bottle — and it has the best nose on this list. 

What does it pair with? Salads. We know that sounds strange, but there’s something about its tingling taste and bold fruity flavours that’ll makes the cranberries pop out of your Santa Monica salad.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV

£40

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Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve Champagne

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. So far, so expected. But Charles Heidsieck bucks the bubbly trend by blending the three in equal measure — giving it an attractive powdery pink colour.

Flavours and aromas? It’s almost got a creamy flavour — like a decadent fruity dessert. Think syrupy strawberries, raspberries and blackberries nestled in a mountain of velvety whipped cream.

What does it pair with? That dessert above sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Alternatively, the assertive flavours would stand up to most meals — from Asian-inspired chicken dishes to a hearty, meaty roast.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve Champagne

£50

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G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Despite also containing Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, it’s the Pinot Noir grape variety — cultivated in Maison Mumm’s legendary vineyards — that stands out in this one.

Flavours and aromas? That Pinot Noir gives Mumm’s Grand Cordon Rosé an intense, fruity character and taste of the Black Forest. Think dessert fruits, rich dark berries and winter spices. 

What does it pair with? We’d go for a meat or fish — but one gently cooked so as not to overpower those subtle spices. Try tender chicken, lightly grilled lamb or seared salmon fillet.

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé

£45

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Nyetimber Rosé NV

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Okay, we’re sneaking this one in — as it’s not technically a champagne. It is, however, still created using that textbook blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. 

Flavours and aromas? Boasting a beautiful, sunset pink colour, this British bottling has creamy brioche notes, barrels of rich red berry flavours — and an intriguing touch of spices ranging from anise to lavender.

What does it pair with? Cheese. But not any old cheese. A chunk of the finest, most mature Parmigiano Reggiano. Or, if you want to stay within British borders, try Devon-based Parmesan-pretender ‘Twineham Grange’.

Rare Rosé 2008

These are the best rosé champagnes for Valentine’s Day

Which grape varieties? Another champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, this pricier 2008 vintage marries Montagne de Reims Chardonnay grapes with a good dose of Grand Cru Pinot Noir.

Flavours and aromas? With longer to mature, there are flavours to be found here nowhere else on this list. Think lychee, tangerine, elderberry and almond — along with violets, vanilla and even a touch of smoke.

What does it pair with? Something equally decadent, whether than be a rich, moreish Mozzarella Di Buffala or your favourite, most flavourful lobster dish.

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