The NV Billecart-Salmon Rose Champagne is a gorgeous effort and ranks there with the best non-vintage Rose fizz at this price point. A compelling blend of Chardonnay (40%), and Pinot Noir (30%) with the remainder Pinot Meunier, this wine sat one the lees for 36 months prior to disgorgement in February 2018. The delicate and eye-catching pink hue entices alongside the bright red fruits, orange zest and earthy undertones that all collect momentum in the glass. Fresh and lively, with a silky mousse, the wine slowly unveils ripe guava, wild strawberry, peat moss and red cherry candy flavors that longer long on the palate. This outstanding Champagne is glorious now and will provide drinking enjoyment for the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92 — 4 days ago
Wednesday Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. Blind as usual.
This was a very down the middle, sound NV champagne. It had soft bruised green apple, some caramelized notes, chalk, limestone and some yeast. This leans more to the savory and rich side than it does the bright and crisp side. I called this NV champagne. — 5 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group meet up. Theme was “bring something good”. All wines (minus the bubbles and SB) were tasted blind.
Very refreshing and bright bubbles. Clean citrus notes, chalk, limestone, and just slightly yeasty toward the finish. Reminds me of the Marc Hebrart Brut. Thanks for this, @Jeff Meyer . — 6 days ago
From a recent disgorgement. Prestige Rosé stands out for its intense hue, secret lies in the blend, complex and costly to produce. The blend (35% Pinot Noir, 40% Chard & 25% Pinot Meunière) with 15% of the best Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims & Les Riceys added to the final blend, giving this cuvée its unique color, intensity & elegance. Fresh aromas, raspberry, strawberry & cherry flavors, elegant ending with chalky minerality notes. Tasting Sample! — 4 days ago
The 2009 'Cristal' is a completely stunning Champagne which impresses with its polish, complexity, weight and silky mousse. The brightness is wonderful with intense lemon zest and kumquat aromatics that all mingle in the glass. The soft mousse and bright effervescence really impresses. The freshness of the wine also shows beautifully on the mid-palate, displaying not only good weight but intense orchard fruits that mingle with the wet stone, and high-toned citrus zest accents. I love the silky mouthfeel that adds to the wonderful experience. This is settling in after some time after release. Drink 2019-2035- 95 — 8 days ago
Light salmon pink with tiny bubbles. Rich with medium intensity on the nose with notes of strawberry creme, roses, spices and a little tropical with melon and kiwi. High acidity and lively on the palate with a mixed red berries and light white fruits. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2026. — 11 days ago
A beautiful Champagne. Interesting notes of baking spice, baked bread and dried fruit on the nose. Fantastic flavors of baked apple, smoked almonds and baked bread with a long, luscious finish. Subdued acidity but beautifully balanced. Loved it. — 3 days ago
Champagne Taittinger was established in 1931 by Pierre Taittinger on the foundations of Forest-Forneaux, itself established in 1734 and the third-oldest wine producing house of Champagne. A blend of 50% Chardonnay & 50% Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims. Fresh intense yet complex yellow and red fruits with some nutty biscuit notes. On the palate ripe apple, peach and subtle cherry flavors, crisp with a toasty character. Lingering superb Brut finish. Tasting Sample! — 4 days ago
The NV ‘159EME’ Grand Cuvee’ was largely composed of wines sourced from the challenging 2003 vintage in Champagne. Released several years ago, the ‘159EME’ is drinking magically at this stage in its development. One the nose this takes on good take from salted rice cracker to lemon zest that all mingle with the lovely damp earth and flinty tones that all connect in the glass. The weight is formidable once on the mouth, giving off an unctuous texture. The flinty, almost petrol tones also show up on the impressive palate, with baked Bosc pear, lemon curd, shiitake mushroom and shades of kumquat. This is absolutely irresistible stuff from Krug and the warm, highly difficult 2003 vintage as the Champagne will provide drinking enjoyment over the next decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 95 — 12 days ago
30th birthday luau for a dear friend of mine comprised of swimming, volleyball, and a formal Hawaiian-themed dinner with some awesome wines.
Piper is always a welcome selection in the realm of bubbles. Loads of citrus zest, minerality, and nuanced brioche. — 3 days ago