These are 2011 grapes, disg in March 2017 with 5 g/L dosage. The bubbles are strong to begin, so if I were to do this again, I would either give this a few years or a decant...or just let it sit for a while. Notes from 4 hrs open. On the nose: pure chalk, followed by lemon oil...slathered in minerality. With vigorous swirling, a touch of sawdust. On the palate, fantastic acidity paired with excellent depth: lemon oil, a suggestion of custard, good salinity and soft mousse lifts these flavors. A very nice, complex style. — 5 days ago
Colour is dark yellow gold given 100% Pinot Meunier. Green apple, some pastry, fresh, fairly large and full feel on the palate, vivid acidity, not the most finesse and elegance i have seen in a Champagne, but still good given the soft price.
Couleur assez prononcée due surement au fait que c’est 100% Pinot Meunier. Pommes vertes, un peu brioché, belle acidité, assez large en bouche, une certaine fraîcheur mais pas le plus fin et élégant Champagne que j’ai bu, toutefois assez bien compte tenu du prix doux. 88-89 — a day ago
Medium gold with more active bubbles than the 90 Dom next to it. More intense and complex nose. Notes of stones, citrus, some mushroom, toasted nuts and a little old ripe apple. Nice richness and mousse in the mouth, with a solid line of acidity to deliver a balanced overall impression. With air this became more creamy and enjoyable. Great stuff, paired well against tuna tartare and some other appetizers. (Bday 2 of 13) — 8 days ago
A gorgeous expression of CH from Montagne de Reims. Balanced mix of soil expressions come through as this has chalky verve and length and supplying ripe, ample fruit and flesh to the palate. Candied tangerine, ripe citrus peel, wet chalk, tarragon, spring honey, a subtle warm spice note, brioche and hazelnut. Beautiful balance with the 8g/l dosage as the texture of the wine is seamless and the density of the fruit in check. Would love to age but enjoyed over a couple hours was perfect. — 15 days ago
The 2012 ‘La Grand Annee’ is a seriously good wine that has massive cellaring potential. Marzipan with hints of nutmeg and brioche offer their place on the bouquet. The silky mousse really entices as layers of kumquat zest and Challah bread collide with minerals, smoke and lovely green apple tones on the palate. The length and elegance of this wine is really great, as is the lovely sense of texture. Long and generous, this has the richness and laser-like minerality to cellar well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035- 94 — 9 days ago
Kicking the festivities off with some 1990 Champagne. This is medium gold with active bubble stream. Brioche toast nose. Also notes of citrus, apple juice and stones. Pleasant in the mouth but not overpowering. Decent showing but I expected (and wanted) more energy and mousse. (Bday 1 of 13) — 8 days ago