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Philippe Fontaine

Cuvée Prestige Brut Champagne Blend

This bottle was provided by a friend at a recent outdoor social gathering. A very unusual blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. In fact, I can’t recall ever having a champagne that was blended with more than three of the seven permissible varieties. I wish I had more time to spend with this wine but the setting wasn’t very conducive to a thorough analysis. That being said, I took some brief notes. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. A pleasant mix of pear, lemon, citrus blossom with chalky minerals. The finish was round and quite saline…and rather delightful! Almost quaffable. This wine had a texture that sort of played with my ability to accurately judge the acidity but I settled on medium+…but I think the acid is pretty sneaky. The finish was long and satisfying. Probably my favorite bottle from Philipe Fontaine to date. No disgorgment date stated on the label. — 8 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice. Look for Perseval-Farge, they have a bottle (Les Goulats) that includes a majority of the odd varietals (Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau aka Pinot Blanc/Gris).
Jay Kline

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@Severn Goodwin interesting. I’ll keep an eye out. I recently read that Duval-Leroy has been periodically releasing a 100% Petit Meslier since 1998. Not sure any of it makes it to the States.
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@Jay Kline Great info to know, thanks for passing the tip.

Paul Fontaine

Coteaux Bourguignons Gamay 2015

Lovely and smooth and fruity — 21 days ago

Domaine Fontaine du Clos

Castillon Vacqueyras White Rhone Blend 2017


Interesting white. Richly textured while maintaining a juiciness and pleasurable crisp palate. #vaqueyras #grenache #marsanne #roussanne — 8 days ago

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 2013

Rich, ripe, exotic. Peach, apricot, mint, lemon. A great palate with a subtle spine of acidity — 14 days ago

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Jean de la Fontaine

L'Éloquente Brut Champagne Blend

Here’s a ‘critter wine’ I can get behind. — 7 days ago

Philippe Fontaine

Millésime Brut Balnot-Sur-Laignes Pinot Noir 2012

Popped and poured; no formal notes. Star-bright, straw color. Loads of brioche with pears, raspberries and marzipan. Good balance of fruit and acid. More interesting than the “Tradition” IMO. 100% Pinot Noir. No disgorgement data. — 24 days ago

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Philippe Fontaine

Tradition Brut Champagne Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier

From a half-bottle and, unfortunately, served in flutes. This is technically a Blanc de Noirs with 70% Pinot Noir and the balance Pinot Meunier. A fresh breeze of a wine. On the nose there are apples, pink flowers, wet stone, and lemon. On the palate, ripe apples, golden raspberries, brioche and minerals. Medium acid. A bit more on the round side of the spectrum. I wish the acid was a bit higher…but that’s personal preference. No disgorgement data on the bottle. — a month ago

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