Champagne made a name for itself through the wines of large negociants - producers who buy fruit from the vineyards of other growers and blend many lots together. The past several decades have seen the rise of the "Grower-Producer" in Champagne. This label belongs to producers who are growing all of the fruit for the wine they produce, keeping their own product to vinifiy rather than sell it to the larger houses. Look for the "RM" on the label, indicating that the winery is a Recoltant-Manipulant, or Grower-Producer, and not a Negociant-Manipulant (NM), or larger house. Fine wine can be made in either way, but RMs produce products that are inevitably more indicative of terrior.
H.Blin is actually a Cooperative-Manipulant, or CM. This means that the house is made up of several growers that pool resources and use a single winery and bottling. They are based in Vincelles, a village known for its significant planting of Meunier. The vineyards there are planted 70% to Meunier, whereas generally in Champagne as a region plantings are split equally between Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier.
This rose is 70% Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. Dry but fruity and intense in style, reflecting the influence of the Meunier grape. Strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, with substance and subtle structure.
Reviews: Wine Enthusiast 90 Points , Wine Spectator 91 Points