Legendary grower house that is powerful and precise. A sharply golden hue with little green flecks. This is all about refinement and grace. The nose is a real treat. Brioche and green apples. Light spice, brown sugar, and butter. A touch of caramel and coconut. Supremely intoxicating.
70/30 PN/CH from Grand Cru plots in Ambonnay and Verzenay. Aged 48 months and disgorged in July of 2020. This is so powerful that it puts so many other champagnes to shame. Fresh and crisp with lively acidity and perfect balance. Full bodied and complex.
The palate slaps you in the face with a fancy glove. Beautiful caramel and cooked butter. Apricots, vanilla wafers, and plums. Long finish featuring spice and minerality. Just a baby but still so good. High expectations and it surpasses them. Put these away for a while and let the finesse take over. — 14 days ago
Not sure what to believe here as I understood “Les Barres” to be 100% ungrafted Pinot Meunier but the label states this is 100% Pinot Noir. To my palate, it tastes like the former. Regardless, this pours with a strikingly pale straw color and a persistent mousse. The nose is somewhat reticent but I also believe it was served too cold. On the palate, whoa. The first thing that hits is the minerals. Then it’s the bright lemon citrus fruit mixed with red berries. After that, it’s minerals, and then more minerals. So chalky and saline with fantastic acid. The finish is long and steely. A nerdy Champagne and certainly not for the faint of heart. Don’t serve this too cold! Disgorged June 2019. — 24 days ago
A whole-hearted 9.5 this Castelnau deserves. Just wow. 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier and 10 years on the lees. Full-bodied and rich - almost like drinking a bubbly Sancerre at times and really a steal at 54 Euros a bottle. I want cases of these in my home. — 11 days ago
This was more open and giving than the 2014 I had in May, which although was very enjoyable and likely eventually the better wine, was tight as a drum and took lots of time to come out if its shell. In hindsight with that wine, I wish I had decanted. But ‘13 is another story. Ready and raring to go right on the pnp. Her wines are such a treat, especially this coveted BdN. — 8 days ago
First data point. Strikes me as fairly old school, a heavy style of bubbly. It’s got lemon curd, apricot and stone fruit, nice layers of fruit, decent acidity, finishes clean with a bit of a sour twang that pleases. Bubbles are perceived on palate more than in glass, fairly dark in color, a nice champagne but not a head turner, not rushing out to buy more. — 17 days ago
Redon house makes a lovely #champagne. This is definitely on your dry/lean end of the spectrum. As it warms served in a Bordeaux glass, nose reveals green apple, pear, crushed oyster shells, bit of white flowers. Delicious, puckering acidity on the palate and thoroughly enjoyable even a week after uncorking with a lever rubber stopper. — a day ago
Pop and pour, but notes from 2 hrs open. This taste comes from the last sip in the btl...what a hit tonight. On the nose: ripe canteloupe, salt, soft savory herbs, amazing intensity...my wife offered to give me what was left in my glass, but said she'd take it if I didn't want it... Fantastic acidity, but melon, melon rind, perfect density. Better than the '12 or '13? Reminds me a touch of the '11, which was more savory. Yum. — 8 days ago
It’s always fun trying a Coteaux Champenois still red wine from such an a wonderful house as Paul Bara. A clear ruby color with a wide brim and the smallest touch of purple. Blind, it would be easy to confuse with a nice good quality Burgundy.
The nose shows lingonberry, strawberries, and black cherries. Some really nice fresh soil and underbrush. With plenty of air and decanting time delicate perfumed flowers and olive pits.
A Bouzy Pinot Noir with a few years on it is a real treat. Light bodied with round tannins and enough depth. Generous and inviting throughout, this is never really closed off. The palate has a ton of herb goodness and cigar smoke. More red and black berries along with dirty dirt and a dash of vanilla. This is a fun, summery light Pinot. Drink chilled and sit back and enjoy. — 15 days ago