| Wine Advocate 90 points (Nov 2013)
A product of maceration, and 80% Pinot Noir co-fermented with Chardonnay, Delamotte-s NV Brut Rose L10312 is surprisingly orange in color, but its aromas and flavors remind me of the other outstanding bottlings I tasted from this house alongside, incorporating as it does high-toned nut essences; succulent apple and melon fruit - here with hints of strawberry and orange rind; and revealing in its finish a rich, sweet-saline lobster shell reduction that tugs at the salivary glands. This hasn-t quite the textural finesse of those others, as there is a faint sense of black tea smokiness seguing into tanninity; but at the same time, raising the residual sugar to eight grams really doesn-t assuage that, whereas it does engender a slight, detached sense of overt sweetness. But paired carefully, this should serve very well over at least the next couple of years.
Wine Spectator 91 points (Oct 31 2015)
Fine and creamy in texture, this well-balanced rose is backed by lively acidity and a streak of smoky minerality. Hints of white cherry, toast, dried lemon peel and almond skin carry through to the lacy finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,000 cases imported.
Vinous 91 points (Jan 2015)
(60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; 8 g/l dosage): Light orange. An intensely perfumed nose displays mineral-accented cherry and red berry scents along with slow-building spice and smoke nuances. Tangy, focused and stony on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter redcurrant, blood orange and cherry flavors. Picks up a toasty quality on the incisive finish, with the red fruit notes echoing.