Another go to n/v Rosé Champange because of quality & availability in 375’s. Although, most people think their recent price increases are unwarranted. In large part, I agree. They just haven’t passed my threshold.
Lots of strawberries, black cherries, blood orange, uncooked rhubarb, blackberries, peach, Rainer cherries, loads of white spice w/ heat, sea fossils, dry yeast, some bread dough, weighed, crispy, crunchy minerals, excellent, powdery chalkiness, red flowers & both pink & red rose, lively, crisp acidity, great length and balance with polished, ripe fruits and falling onto pronounced minerality on the long set.
The bottom photos tell you all you need to know as to why the region of Champange is so excellent. Not many places in the world have that kind of chalk & for me, that’s what makes them special. — 4 hours ago
Decanted for nearly four hours.
Cornmeal crust pizza w/ our fresh ingredients over a feta cheese, spinach & tomato base w/ a good 10 year old plus Chianti Classico, I’m all in!
This has a beautiful, round, lush body w/ early, nice integration on the beginning drinking window. Sweet & slightly sour black cherries, blackberries, plum, blueberries mix of boysenberries & raspberries, dark melted chocolate, mocha powder, well crafted baking spices, leather, mix of fresh & dark tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, dark spice, black olive, expresso notes, mid cola, black licorice, dry twigs, dry herbs, incense, touch of grilled meats, dark, rich forest floor w/ dry leaves, moist, grey clay, candied florals that are fresh to slightly withering & dark, purple, blue with excellent acidity, excellent balance & length and a rich polished finish that settles on volcanics & dry earthiness.
Really enjoying the 10 vintage. — 7 days ago
This family owned domaine is located near the village of Gassin that is considers as one the most beautiful villages in France. The grape are hand harvested and the final steps of vinification are done by Maîtres Vigneron de Saint Tropez.
A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Rolle and Cinsault, with a beautiful rose gold color, a tempting fresh nose that blends spring flowers, strawberry, cassis a touch of hibiscus and red berries, the body is medium with pleasant acidity and a fresh fruity finish.
A lovely well made rose to celebrate the spring and upcoming summer.
My score 89, drink to 2022 — 5 days ago
If you’re in the mood for bubbles, there are so many delicious options! 🥂 🍾
This beautiful sparkling wine comes from Franciacorta, DOCG – a region in Lombary, Italy (Northern Italy). 🇮🇹
It’s comprised of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and is made using a method like in Champagne, France (with a second fermentation in the bottle) – the Metodo Classico – also undergoing at least 24 months aging sur lie. This time sur lie adds complexity and richness to the wine. 👏👏👏👏
👁 This wine is medium lemon with a soft and delicate mousse.
👃 On the nose this wine has youthful aromas with notes of apple, pear, lemon zest, dried citrus blossom, toasted rice, brioche, bread dough, yeast, and blanched almond. 🍏 🍐 🍋 🥖
👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity in aromas consistent with the nose.
This wine is elegant and has great balance, complexity, and richness. ☺️👍👍👍👍
Berlucchi, Franciacorta DOCG, ’61, Brut. 12.5% ABV. — a day ago
Delicious after our first hot day. Need to buy more half bottles of their n/v Blanc.
Not sure where Delectable’s source for this cuvée is at $46. I paid just under $30 for a 375ml.
Beautiful mouthfeel/mousse. Sour lemons w/ hints of meringue, lime zest- candy, kiwi, pear, white peach/nectarine, understated notes of pineapple juice, beautiful, soft grey volcanics, edgy, soft chalkiness, yeast, soft, melted, salted caramel, white spice, sea spray, cream, spring flowers, jasmine, some yellow & white lilies excellent soft acidity with a smartly polished & well balanced finish lasting minutes. — a day ago
I love this Alsatian producer and am loving this Alsatian blend from Albert Boxler.
The term “Edelzwicker” in Alsace, France, historically -- dating back to the 17th Century -- indicated a wine made exclusively from a blend of the “noble” varieties, i.e., it had to be a blend involving Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and/or Gewurztraminer.
The term became deregulated in the late 20th Century, which explains how Albert Boxler now uses the name for a wine comprised of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris, as a reminder Pinot Blanc is not a noble variety.
Perhaps this wine is both a nod to tradition and a commentary on how things can change. Perhaps this beautiful wine is a pure reflection of what tasted and blended best from the 2017 vintage, notwithstanding the noble (or lack of noble) status of the grapes involved, still deserving of the Edelzwicker designation due to style.
This wine is medium lemon. It has medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas, which include notes of ripe white peach, pear, apricot, cantaloupe, also white blossom, honeysuckle, and wet slate. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium.
Albert Boxler, Edelzwicker, Réserve, Vintage 2017, ABV 12.5%. — 10 days ago
Just take a look at this color. So striking. So sexy. Nice perlage and cream. The nose is so crisp and fresh. Pears and lively red cherries alongside mangoes. Freshly baked bread aromas are very nice here, as well are the grapefruit and strawberry.
Yet another young hotshot champagne maker, Aurelien Gerbais from the Aube. A friend and neighbor of Cédric Bouchard and that’s all you need to know. 50/25/25 PN/CH/Pinot Blanc with an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l. The low dosage avoids the trap of being austere, but rather it’s an inviting and gracious Rosé. The addition of 10% Coteaux Champenois Pinot Noir gives it that beautifully sexy color and viscosity.
Dry with breathtaking acidity, the terroir really speaks here. The palate follows the nose with more summer berries and light yeast. So lovely, so sleek. Good sex in a bottle. If you see these, get them. — 3 days ago
This wine is lightly tinted yellow. The nose is full of citrus and minerals - that smell of a wet sidewalk is in there. There is also a trace of apricot and a hint of an herbal note - not full-blown grassiness, but edging in that direction. The palate is very clean and lean. The citrus takes center stage with the minerality staying close. I usually think California SauvBlanc is riper than anywhere else in the world, but this example does not follow suit. It is a bit tart, but with the usual Sauvignon trappings quite muted. I suppose the Semillon helps out in that area. The acidity is light enough for easy sipping, yet strong enough to handle some non-demanding pairing jobs. I think this is actually a pretty good Sauvignon Blanc for people who think Sauvignon Blanc comes on too strong. — 6 days ago
It’s 1/2 bottle n/v Billecart evening.
This is a more appropriate color of rose for the Rosé color of this champagne.
My go to n/v Rosé Champange for a number of reasons…quality & 1/2 bottle availability are right up there.
Blood orange, black cherries, Rainer cherries, lean strawberries, pomegranate juice, hints of raw rhubarb, grainy, grippy, sharp chalkiness, crunchy volcanics, limestone, sea fossils, baguette crust, deep white spice, orange lilies, peach roses, excellent, lively acidity with a rich, well balanced smart finish that starts clean, ripe fruits falling onto perfect minerality. — a day ago