Champagne, France

Caillez-Lemaire

Chardonnay de la Vallée Brut Nature 2015

Lyle Fass
9.6

New tete de cuvee from Caillez Lemaire and their new highest end bottling. And it is STUNNING. The nose jumps out of the glass with all types of screaming minerals and wet earth. Spice. Green apple. Endless complexity. Sickness. It’s wafting and so so aromatic. Super yeasty. A nose that is dripping with character. Herbs as well. So so deep. Just an insane nose. 9.6. Only open 5-8 minutes and it’s changed 5-6 times. Sickness. Virginia was “hoping” I would like it. I wish I could be even as half as humble as her! Wow. That palate has flavor! Flava in my ear as the acid gets to my ear. RIP Craig Mack. Anyway this is bananas. Amazing sap and power. So sappy. Concentrated and so pure. Painfully intense. Wow, huge spice on the finish. So fresh and precise and wow is this long. What palate presence. Nose gets tons of saline and iodine and the palate develops a mineral sweetness that is stunning. Wow. This is sick. The palate presence of great BDB cannot be denied. A masterpiece. — 4 days ago

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Ruinart

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

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 days ago

Shay, Aravind and 19 others liked this

Gosset

Grand Millésime Brut Champagne Blend 2006

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.1

2006 already showing quite a bit of development. Good development with a medium gold color and aromas and flavors of hazelnuts and hints of buttermilk and butterscotch. Very dry. The effervescence was perfect and helped to make the wine still refreshing — 7 days ago

Dick, Josh and 12 others liked this

Pierre Gerbais

Grains de Celles Rosé

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.
— 7 days ago

Iwan, Josh and 3 others liked this

Ulysse Collin

Les Roises Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne Chardonnay

This is the 60 months on lees, vs the 48 month on lees & I believe a 36 month version exists. This is a 2014 base , March 2020 disgorgement. An explosive & complex nose that is the clue that you will be drinking something very special. Acid that electrifies the mouth. Concentrated flavors of lemon, chalk and pear. A rare combination of richness and weightlessness. An infant with a wonderful future. — 3 days ago

Tom, Andrew and 52 others liked this
Shay A

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@Ira Schwartz : It almost drinks more like a red burgundy than it does a rosé champagne. Extremely vinous.
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@Shay A Not surprised given the profile of the 60 month .
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Whoa…need to keep an eye out for this designation. Others I’ve had from producer have been good too.

Moussé Fils

L'or D'eugene Brut Blanc de Noirs

David T
9.3

This is excellent at most N/V price points, even better at just under $40.

The first thing you notice is it’s weightiness from 80% Pinot Meunier & 20% Pinot Noir.

Nice, bright, ripe fruits of; green apple, lime zest, Meyer lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mix of mid & dark berries, cream, caramel, notes of melted, brown sugar, grippy chalk & grey volcanics, limestone, yeast, baguette crust, spring flowers, very lively acidity, great length, freakish balanced and smartly polished finished
— 12 days ago

Severn, Bob and 20 others liked this
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Love this champagne. Really cool to have perpetual reserve made meunier.

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

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.
— 5 days ago

Vanessa, Severn and 20 others liked this

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2007

Ming L
9.5

I still remember the first time I drank a Cristal, when a friend popped open a bottle (that he bought duty-free on a trans-Atlantic flight) at his SoHo apartment some 20+ years ago. Wasn’t much of a wine drinker then, but how wine could taste this good?!

Though from a lesser grand vintage, the 07’ did not disappoint. The purity of the fruits and chalky minerality are second to none. Crystal clear acidity provide great tension throughout. Graceful textured full body.

58/42 PN/Ch. Disgorged in 2015.
— 4 days ago

Severn, Eric and 13 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.3

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.
— 5 days ago

Alex, Dick and 25 others liked this

Brice

Brut Rosé Champagne Pinot Noir

Straightforward, clean, well-made rosé bubbles. Nice perfume. Chalky minerals. Strawberry, red berry fruit and a little bubble gum on the nose, pleasant bitterness on the finish. — 2 days ago

Severn, Ron and 15 others liked this
Lyle Fass

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Good word. Straightforward.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Lyle Fass Not trying too hard but perfect execution… so solid.