Renowned in the 17th Century, when its still wines were favoured by the French Royal Court, the village of Sillery is located on the north-eastern shoulder of the famous Montagne de Reims. The vineyards here are rated as 100% Grand Cru, and the house of François Secondé, founded in 1972, by François and his wife Anne-Marie, is the sole recoltant-manipulant producing pure Sillery Champagnes. There are now 5.5 hectares of sustainably farmed vines in the Grand Cru rated villages of Mailly-Champagne, Puilsieux, Verzenay and Sillery itself, with an average age of 37 years, and a ratio of 2/3 Pinot Noir to 1/3 Chardonnay.
The Francois Seconde Grand Cru Rosé NV is 100% Pinot Noir with 20% reserve wines from the Sillery Cru in Montagne de Reims. Only 4,000 bottles are produced per year.
Don’t be put off by the slightly darker rose colour of this wine. This is a clean, well-defined rosé; floral, subtle, quite pure, with a creamy texture on the palate. The bubbles have finesse and linger on the tongue. Aromas of rose and red apples rise from the glass. On the palate there is a core of ripe red fruit with a touch of orange rind. A charming champagne of great elegance.