The Belaire Rose brand, amongst others in the Luc Belaire range, is owned by Sovereign Brands, a family-owned business with its headquarters in New York in the USA.
Leading beverage entrepreneurs, Brett Berish, the current CEO, and Brian Berish (whose father was the CEO of Jim Beam for many years) are the owners of Sovereign Brands.
Their collection of French sparkling wines has become globally recognized as one of the USA’s fastest-growing French sparkling wine brands. Partnered with the liquor retail giant, Pernod Ricard, who recently increased their shareholding in Sovereign, their iconic Belaire Rose Sparkling Wine is smashing sales records as it gains market share and its popularity explodes.
Belaire Sparkling Wines are produced in France in a Maison whose history goes back to the year 1898. The manufacturing process is overseen by fifth and sixth-generation winemakers who ensure that the elegant, delightful blend that is characteristic of this wine house, is consistent in every bottle.
Belaire Rosé and Belaire Luxe Rosé are made in the heart of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from the three preferred grapes of the region, namely Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. Their Luxe and Gold cuvées are pressed from 100% French Chardonnay in Burgun
Sparkling Wines are often and incorrectly referred to as “Champagnes”. Wine lovers the world over will know that the word “Champagne” may only be used to describe Sparkling Wines wholly produced from grapes grown in, and the final product bottled in the Champagne region of France. This is in strict accordance with the Appellation rules.
Interestingly, the name Champagne originates from Roman times when that particular piece of countryside in Roman-occupied France closely resembled a region south of Rome that was known by the Latin name “Campania”.
History of Belaire Rose
The brothers Berish founded Sovereign in 1999 and launched their award-winning Luc Belaire line of Sparkling wines in 2012.
They also founded the Armand de Brignac (French for “Ace of Spades”) Champagne brand and the D’Usse’ Cognac brand, both of which they subsequently sold.
Price Variations and Sizes
Certain Belaire Sparkling wines may be obtained from various outlets in the following sizes:-
Mini/bottle (187 ml), Half bottle (375 ml), Standard bottle (750 ml), and of course a handy 1.5 lt bottle.
A more detailed description of the most popular lines and estimated bottle prices (prices will vary from state to state) are as follows:
|Luc Belaire Brut Gold||750ml Bottles||$35.95|
Produced from the finest French Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, Belaire Gold is a refreshingly stunning addition to the range. Well Balanced and elegant, this classic cuvée is made with a natural sugar-cane addition, a historic recipe that dates back to the 1920s.
This French Années Folles presents a delightful structure to the wine. With a light dry finish, Belaire Gold submits to notes of tropical mango, along with fresh Chardonnay fruit and limestone. on the palate.
|Luc Belaire Bleu||750ml Bottles||$32.95|
This, their newest cuvée is a perfect blend of the old arts and the new. Its mouth-watering aromas of fresh berries and tropical fruits are balanced with an elegant freshness and roundness that make this cuvée truly special.
Its brilliant sapphire color, inspired by the mysterious blue waters of the Côte d’Azur, makes the perfect base for a dramatic cocktail.
|Luc Belaire Rare Rose||750ml Bottles||$ 34.95|
A true French sparkling wine produced in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of the South of France. This fine wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault grapes typically used in the production of Provençal rosé wines.
|Luc Belaire Lux Rose||750ml Bottles||$ 35.95|
Belaire Luxe Rosé radiates the fine qualities that have made these wines popular worldwide. Classic taste, very drinkable, and delivered in a strikingly stylish package, Luxe Rosé is an extraordinary wine guaranteed to please.
|Luc Belaire Rare Lux||750ml Bottles||$ 35.95|
Produced in Burgundy, France from 100% Chardonnay grapes, Belaire Luxe includes a special Chardonnay mix that forms an integral part of this blend. Packaged in its luxurious white & gold bottle.
Luc Belaire Luxe reveals notes of apricot, honeysuckle, and brioche which are perfectly balanced. You can enjoy Luxe by sipping it chilled or over ice.
|Luc Belaire Gold (Rick Ross limited edition)||750ml Bottles||$ 35.95|
|Luc Belaire Gift set||750ml Bottles||$117.95|
Alternatives and Comparisons
Korbel California Wines
Korbel wines are developed from the very best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma county, California, USA. Their wines have complex, inviting flavors giving hints of Hazelnut, Lemon sorbet, and baked green apples.
A 750ml bottle of Korbel runs out at about $30.00 and is their least expensive alternative to Belaire.
In the upper price range, a 750ml bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Vintage goes for $ 229.00,
These are amongst the most expensive on the planet. A recent Vintage of Clos du Mesnil sold for around $1000 per bottle. Purchases upwards of $2500 per bottle have been recorded.
Slightly more affordable could be their Grande Cuvee Brut at $219 per 750 ml bottle
Moët & Chandon
Becoming a bit more affordable would be Moët & Chandon’s Impérial Brut, at $53.00 per bottle, and their Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial at $59.99
Menage a Trois from the Trinchero Family Estates:
Menage a Trois (The name says it all); is a popular Prosecco wine choice priced in the $10 per bottle range.
Some pairings for the wine enthusiast:
- Luc Belaire Rare Lux: Bellinis, fresh fruit cups, creamy cheeses
- Luc Belaire Bleu: Fresh cheese, fruit-based desserts, and chocolate desserts
- Luc Belaire Rare Rosé: Charcuterie, creamy cheeses, seafood tapas.
- Luc Belaire Luxe Rose: Cheeses and desserts
How To Drink Belair Rose
For best results before drinking, place an unopened bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge a day or two before drinking. Over-refrigeration will affect the quality of the final product. The ideal temperature range for drinking champers is when it is at 45 to 48 degrees F
For a quick kick-off, you might like to try making a Kir Royale. Simply drop a shot of sweet blackcurrant Créme de Cassis liqueur into your glass, and then top it up with a Belaire Sparkling Rose.
For more fun and flavor, try these cocktails:
- 1 750 ml bottle Belaire Luxe Rosé
- 1 cup elderflower liqueur
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 4 lemons
- 8 grapefruit slices
- 3 cups club soda
Mix the rosé, elderflower liqueur, blueberries, lemons, and grapefruit slices in a glass container and chill for an hour in the refrigerator. De cant into a champagne glass, add ice, then top up with the soda. Garnish with a slice of ruby grapefruit.
Sparkling Rosé Plum Smash
- 1 750 ml bottle Belaire Luxe Rosé
- 2 plums
- 6 sprigs of fresh Thyme
- 2 oz plain syrup
Peel and dice the two plums. Squish the plums, thyme, syrup, and lemon juice a little then add ice and shake in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a suitable glass container and then pour in the bottle of Belaire Luxe Rosé. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and some sliced plum.
Rose’ Spritzer (A simple favorite)
- 3 oz Belaire Lux Rose
- ½ 0z plain syrup
- 3 strawberries cut in quarters
- Juice from a squeezed lemon
- 1 cup club soda
Squish the Strawberries and the lemon juice in a glass container, stir in the syrup, and then add the sparkling Belaire Rose. Top up with ice and the club soda
Interesting Facts and Myths
Under the Appellation rules, which strictly protect the “Champagne” signature, a winery’s location and manufacturing processes must qualify in order to use the term “Champagne” on their labels.
Most of the world’s Champagnes are produced from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grape varieties which are all grown in the Champagne region of France.
One part of the specified process required for the making of true “Champagne” is a double fermentation, known as the “Méthode Champenoise”. This is where the second fermentation takes place In the actual bottle in which the product is sold.
Producers who do not qualify to use the “Champagne” signature, but who use this method in their process, are entitled to utilize the term “Méthode Champenoise” on their labels.
Limited editions of the Belaire Gold, Rosé, Luxe, and Luxe Rosé cuvées feature a luminescent label that lights up at the press of a button on the label. This glowing “Fantôme”, (French for “phantom”) makes for an ideal celebratory moment when the lights are low.
Well-known rapper, Rick Ross, is one of Belaire Wines’ major promoters. In fact, his enthusiasm for Luc Belaire was such that he launched a fan club, called the “Black Bottle Boys”, in honor of the sparkling pink wine which comes in its legendary unique black bottle. This endorsement drove the product to the top of the most “searched for wine” list.
covering North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia the Sovereign Brands group has a portfolio of successful products, other than wines. Its products are available in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Their product range includes McQueen and the Violet Fog, which are extraordinary gins from Jundiaí, Brazil, and a celebrated range of rum products called Bumbu, Their newest release is Villon, an exquisite French liqueur.
For how long can Champagne (sparkling wine) be stored?
Unopened bottles of non-vintage champagne can be stored for 3 to 5 years, or longer provided the storage conditions are optimal.
Ideally, they should be stored in an environment that has a humidity level of 70% plus, with the bottles stored on their sides to keep the corks moist and airtight. A vital consideration in storage is temperature. The optimum range in which to store Champagne / sparkling wines is 45 to 65 degrees F.
At the very least, the bottles should be stored on their sides in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight. Heat and light will certainly damage your Champagne.
What is the difference between Non-vintage and Vintage Champagnes?
Non-vintage Champagne is classed as such whereby it has been produced from grapes harvested over two or more seasons, and therefore no specific date of production will appear on the label.
Vintage wines have a specific production date on the label. Vintage wines can be stored very much longer than non-vintage, but ideal conditions are required.
Is Rick Ross the owner of Belaire wines?
Rick Ross is not the owner but is a significant promoter of the product.
Exquisite taste, careful marketing research, innovative packaging, and a great product range are the benchmarks of Sovereign brands’ stunning successes in the highly competitive Sparkling Rose Wine market that has earned it worldwide acclaim.