Domaine Rolet is run by four siblings: Pierre and Elaine, plus winemaker Guy and vineyard manager Bernard. Together they sustainably farm prime old-vine vineyards in Arbois, Côtes du Jura and L’Étoile. This is a blend of Pinot Noir and Poulsard, from vines over 30 years old, growing on gray marl up to 380 m. This was native fermented and saignée method, fermented and aged in tank before spending 40+ months on the lees. This fine fizz is a creamy pink/orange hue, with red currant, pomegranate, brisk cherry, streaming down a tight line to a salted, snappy finish.
Very pale yellow. Light fruity notes of green apple, dry stone, shells. Fully dry palate, clean taste, slightly fruity with vivid acidity for a very fresh mouthfeel. Compact, short finish. Drink or hold a few years.
Pale yellow with fine bubbles. Fruity nose of apricot, peach/pear and limestone with hints of wet wool. Fine acidity, round mid-palate, great fruity taste. Dry finish. Overall softer than most brut sparklings, this is due to less acidity, not more sugar. Ready to drink.
Medium blush in hue, this is a traditional method fizz from 20 to 30-year-old Cabernet Franc. You get a sense of the grape's alluring herbaceousness throughout, crossing raspberry, cherry and rhubarb jam. Perky grapefruit acidity lifts to a snappy, dried cinnamon and salts finish. Great food pairing sparkling rosé, with enough weight to easily match proteins.
Presented in the same distinctive squat bottle that their still rosé comes in, though the sparkling version is not nearly as successful. This is a blend of 50/45/5 Chardonnay/Glera/Malbec, charmat method (tank fermented, as per Prosecco). Tight, herbal-lined berries, pink florals and cherry jam are carried along a tight, sharp palate to a sweet, candied necklace finish. Sweet and sour and sharp and short does not make for a pleasant sipper, but well chilled and with flavourful brunch pancakes or pastries (or, better yet, in punch), this would do well.
Light salmon pink with short-lived bubbles. Light strawberry with hints of minerality (chalk, limestone). Light on the palate, the lively acidity gives it a nice freshness. Delicate fruity flavour, fully dry through the clean finish. Drink soon.