Light straw with just the faintest hint of green flecks. Impressive perlage with a plethora of tiny, effusive bubbles. A remarkable and delicate bouquet upon opening. Lovely, lovely expressions of pears and honey, lemons with a twist of lime, apples and dried peaches. Pretty flowers and toasty brioche bread.
When it comes to Larmandier-Bernier elegance is always a major factor. Consistently plush and a notch above. Pure Chardonnay aged on lees for two years with 40% of the blend coming from a perpetual reserve dating back to 2004. Extra Brut with a dosage of 4 g/l. This bottle is a more recent disgorgement that will benefit from more time even though it’s non vintage.
Despite this being their entry level bottle the purity is almost shockingly excellent. Sharp acidity and wonderful tension. That delight and immaculacy transfers to the tongue with chalk and salinity. Lemon curd, mushrooms, and roasted nuts. Medium long finish that you wish lasted for just a few heartbeats more. Beautiful, as always. — 18 days ago
Clear blonde with a multitude of fine bubbles, really attractive and nice perlage. Very pure aromas on the nose with honeyed toast, white grapes, and a little peach. A touch of oak and apricot. There’s a definite sense of rusticity here and it’s quite welcome here. After plenty of time, those fruit notes become more mature with dates and the faintest hint of dried cherries.
An outstanding grower champagne and one that, for me, really epitomizes the genre. A bit stark and austere, which is a good thing. Half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir with an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l. The terroir truly speaks here hailing from Bisseuil and Mareuil-Sur-Ay. Very nice acidity and quite vinous in nature.
The palate is generous and inviting especially if you give it time. Almonds, lime zest, and plenty of brioche bread. Green apples with an earthy element as the Pinot begins to take over. A truly exciting champagne that will deliver even more if you let it sit for a few more years. But I can’t blame you if you don’t.
— 3 months ago
It’s pretty rare that a House’s entry level bottle can challenge other House’s more prestigious offerings. A pale gold hue with truly a plethora of lively bubbles. Impressive perlage. The nose is powerful and engaging. Strong notes of honey and green apples with butterscotch and lemon peels. A smorgasbord of delightful citrus aromas and brioche bread really elevate this.
Almost equal parts of the three Champenois grapes with a dosage of 7 g/l. Disgorged on 7/20 and using 35% of reserve wines, there is a depth to the champagne that many others simply can not compare with. It starts off a bit angular but soon develops nicely in the glass. The acidity is bright, the body full, and the mouthfeel rich. Biodynamic without certification.
The palate is the definition of precise with crisp fruit and beautiful chalky minerality. Pears, grapefruits, and light red cherries shine. Toasted bread, nuts, and more autolytic touches. Marzipan and a little oak just for kicks. This is outstanding wine and can stand proudly next to some of the bigger boys out there. — 3 months ago
More Special Club goodness and these bottlings just never disappoint. Pale straw with mildly effusive perlage. A sharp, striking nose shows pears and honeydew off the top. Mandarin oranges, honeycomb, and some really nice mint. With time in the glass, delicate white flowers and dough began to show off. Really, a rather interesting and pleasant nose.
A one off bottling from the single Grand Cru vineyard La Blanche Voie in Verzy. Equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with no dosage. Intense, intense champagne but softened slightly with time and air. Wonderful tension and alacrity. Very balanced.
On the palate, green apples burst from the glass. Those citrus notes reappear and then recede gracefully. A little red cherry, a dash of spice. All balance with everything in its right place. Truly, a beautifully harmonious champagne. — 24 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. — a month ago
Pale gold with green tinges. Pleasant perlage with minuscule bubbles that just go on and on. Very pretty visually. Intoxicating aromas of white and purple flowers initially. Mushrooms, grapefruits, and white pears shine along with beautiful chalk. Gorgeous.
The Côte des Blancs really speak clearly through this wine. 100% Chardonnay produced from grapes from four Grand Cru sites, Les Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Avize, and Oger. And it shows. An astonishing 40% of reserve wine is added to the blend, which is from a perpetual reserve of wines going back to 1988. Amazing stuff.
This is all very graceful, very refined. Everything in the right place. Full bodied and elegant with racy acidity and exquisite balance and structure. The palate is harmonious with stone and orchard fruits and toast. Quite saline with nice minerality and subtle spice. Real bubbleheads already know everything they need to know about Pierre Peters but if you don’t know, now you know. You’re welcome. — 3 months ago
More Meunier magic from Moussé. Tasted blind, you probably would not peg this as an entry level bottle. Pure gold with attractive perlage. Straight chalk and minerality on the nose immediately. Orchard fruit and black cherries along with lime slices. A nice touch of soil makes this absolutely sing.
Perpetual reserve. Half of the blend is from a reserve that goes back to 2003 giving it charm and character. 80% Meunier/20% Pinot Noir with a low dosage of 3.5 g/l from Cuisles. Organic and natural methods used. Malolactic fermentation is carried out.
Very pure and clean even with the earth notes. Elegant and sexy on the tongue. Racy acidity, energy, and such beautiful tension. More chalk and orchard fruits on the palate with a little yeast. Still incredibly young but it feels mature and thoughtful. Let this sit and really meditate over it. Beautiful. — a month ago
First off, this color. It’s such a soft beautiful copper rose hue in the glass. Sexy perlage with small crisp bubbles that go on and on. A rather impressive and floral nose right out of the gate with fresh flowers, peaches, and the prettiest hint of spice. Effusive notes of strawberry and lemon peel. If you can let it sit for a while, you’ll discover red apples, oak, and minerality.
Delightfully zero dosage which gives you that bracing acidity. No dosage isn’t for everyone or every champagne but it most certainly the correct choice here by Jerôme Dehours. A disciple of Anselme Selosse, this is organic and very terroir driven. Disgorged in November of 2019, the blend is 83% Pinot Meunier with 17% Chardonnay. Another master of Meunier.
Exceedingly dry and complex, this is not your everyday bottle of rosé bubbles. Sleek and sensual with all the complexity you could ever want. Quite herbal up front on the palate, there’s so much refined and elegant red fruit here. Pastries and citrus fruits abound. The finish is long with a touch of cinnamon. A superstar champagne from a deserving rising star. — 2 months ago
Light pink with slight orange tints. Persistent precise perlage featuring tiny bubbles and creaminess. The nose is so alive and forward. Fresh strawberries, blood orange, and cranberries up top with apricots and floral notes playing back up. There’s a little touch of cinnamon along with crushed herbs and dried cherries.
This is a spectacular example of that magnificent Bouzy terroir. This is one of the best grower rosés I’ve tasted and the value is remarkable. 80% Pinot Noir with 12% of that vinified as Bouzy red wine. Aged 4 years on lees and disgorged on 05/17 with a dosage of 8 g/l. Really nice acidity with a little tartness. Elegance and refinement all day long.
Sunny and delightful on the palate. The red berries shine with more herbs and purple flowers. Caramel and warm spice. Toasty biscuits and citrus on the long finish. A no brainer of a bottle to say the least. — 3 months ago
An attractive shade of yellow with specks of gold throughout. The perlage is impressive with fine right bubbles that just keep going on and on. The nose here is brilliant with green apples and pears. Roasted nuts and hot buttered toast express themselves well, along with toffee and orange slices. Oak is present but never in an obtrusive way.
When a major champagne house like Billecart Salmon introduces a new offering, you expect it to be delicious but they outdid themselves here. Easily one of the best non vintage bottles around. Vinified entirely in oak, there is a noticeably streak of power and creamy texture. Aged on lees for around seven years and it shows. Composed of equal parts of the three Champenois grapes with a dosage of 7 g/l. Racy acidity and sleekly structured.
Quite elegant and goes long on personality. The palate displays beautiful citrus fruit such as nectarines and lemon. Tasty pastries, chalk minerality, and oak compliment. The finish is long with a touch of sweetness. This really can stack up very well against other higher profile and more expensive offerings. Immediately accessible and pleasing but I would love to revisit in a few years. — 4 months ago