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Anna’s Pick: Canard-Duchêne Cuvée Léonie Brut Rosé NV

Body: medium
Fruit: strawberry, red currant, raspberry, grenadine, cherry, biscuit, lemon zest, spicy floral
Food Pairings: aperitifs, salmon, chicken, pork, risotto, fried food, fruit desserts
Organic: no (sustainable)
Canard-Duchêne is considered a national treasure in France because it provides an excellent value for the money. It is so cherished among savvy locals that they say a bottle is opened every 15 seconds.

Canard-Duchêne has a charming story: In 1860, Victor Canard, a barrel maker, met Léonie Duchêne, a winemaker, fell madly in love and got married. They both shared a passion for wine and worked together to produce their own unique Champagne. It is a credit to both of them that Léonie was able to work in the wine industry, (as a winemaker, no less) at a time when women were mostly consigned to household duties.

It is a pale pink rosé tinged with copper, and a fine and delicate mousse. It is fresh and fruity on the nose with aromas of strawberries and a hint of grenadine, and very attractive creamy palate of ripe raspberries and cherries. The fruit is balanced nicely with firm acidity and a good minerality in the long, dry finish.

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