Nicolas Feuillatte has launched its latest addition to its range of cuvées, with its first prestige pink cuvée - Palmes d'Or Rosé 1996.

Palmes d'Or Rose 1996 is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir from Bouzy and 50% Pinot Noir from Riceys. And to obtain the rosé colour head winemaker Jean-Pierre Vincent used a technique called "rosé de saignee" which involved macerating grape juices and skin together. The result being a deep copper coloured Champagne.

"The Palmes d'Or Rosé can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a selection of lobster, turbot and even caviar or if you prefer with dessert," said Nicolas Feuillatte.

Available only from selected wine merchants and restaurants it is being launched simultaneously in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium along with plans to launch it in the US and Asia next year.

In time for summer weddings and to coincide with the launch of Palmes d'Or Rosé, Nicolas Feuillatte has also designed a contemporary gift case for the Champagne.

Positioned at the top end of the Champagne market Palmes d'Or Rosé has an expected retail price of £120 per bottle.