Rosé de Riceys AOC is a still, dry, dark pink, pink wine made from 100% Pinot Noir grown in 8 communes (listed below) near Bar-sur-Seine, in the Côte des Bar, in the extreme south of the Aube, making this the southernmost sub-region of Champagne. Rosé de Riceys is one of only two geo-specific appellations for pink wine in France, the other being Tavel AOC in the Rhône. It is said to be one of France’s longest-lived still rosé wines (Michael Edwards: 32 2011, p.157). (Clive Coates MW: 1990, p.308) found it ‘undistinguished’). 

Etymology: The wine takes its name from the commune of Les Riceys.

Not to be confused with: Coteaux Champenois AOC which is a completely separate appellation (Tom Stevenson: 1988: p.158).

Communes (8): Avirey-Lingey. | Bagneux-la-Fosse. | Balnot-sur-Laignes. | Bragelogne-Beauvoir. | Gyé-sur-Seine. | Mussy-sur-Seine. | Neuville-sur-Seine. | Les Riceys.

Winemaking: Pinot noir undergoes a short maceration on skins.

Colour: Pink-ruby (Michael Edwards: World of Fine Wine 32 2011, p.157). Dark for a rosé, but not quite the colour of a light red wine (Tom Stevenson: 1988, p.158).

Typical flavours: ‘Chocolate, herbs, mint,’ (Tom Stevenson: 1988, p.158). Also crab apple, gooseberry, quince.

Bling: ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV (1638-1715; reigned 1643-1715) was a Rosé des Riceys fan.

Production: 1988: 360hl (Clive Coates MW: 1990, p.308). | 1999 819ha (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.674). | 2000 640hl (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.674).