Champagne, France

Jérome Coessens

Largillier Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne Pinot Noir 2015

Talk about a singular expression of Pinot Noir. A pale gold coloring with effusive creaminess and a nice stream of very small bubbles. The aromas are a bit muted upon opening with just a bit of apple goodness to start the show. But let it sit for a while in a larger bowl and you’ll be rewarded. Warm cinnamon and crusty bread. Roasted nuts and blackberries all day long. There’s some fresh cherry and plenty salinity to boot.

Single vintage, single varietal, single vineyard. The hallmark of Jerome Coessens. 100% Pinot Noir from the lieu-dit of Largillier. The fruit hails from the plots that he has dubbed Fruit and Flower and that’s amazingly accurate. The amount of yellow fruit and floral notes are just ethereal in nature. The acidity borders on “racy” but instead settles on “zippy” which is just fine.

The attack is one that is quite pointed and full of finesse. It’s a very generous champagne that grows by leaps and bounds over time in the glass. An abundance of red and yellow fruits along with black pepper and dried herbs. Very fruity on the long finish with an added kick of spice. Singular and gorgeous.
— 5 days ago

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Vincent Joudart

Brut Millesime Champagne Blend 2015

You can smell the yeast/baking bread from the moment you pop the cork. Not a producer I’m at all familiar with. A strong but pleasant vanilla/marzipan/nutty finish. Perfect for early evening al fresco meal of grilled gingery shrimp & shishitos. — 2 days ago

Neil, Andrew and 3 others liked this

Ch. & A. Prieur

Vertus Grand Prieur Millésime Brut Champagne 2008

A new (to me) maison located in Vertus. The wine pours light straw in color with a persistent mousse. On the nose, bright lemons and white peach. On the palate, the fruit is confirmed and accompanied by chalky minerals. Long and very refreshing. 2008 vintage is certainly on display here. Zippy. I dig it! But I’m a sucker for 2008. — 13 days ago

Tom, Brent and 6 others liked this

Ulysse Collin

Les Pierrières Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2014

The coveted 2018 disgorgement! 48 month sur lattes Les Pierrieres is a total stunner. Raring to go right out of the bottle, it’s simply just a complete Champagne. It displays a stunning crystalline purity and a seamless combination of richness and elegance. It’s layered with white flowers, fresh brioche, lemon candy and signature chalky minerals with fantastic persistence, cut and texture. A little age goes such a long way with these wines. Terrific. — 5 days ago

Brent, Dan and 8 others liked this

Marie Demets

Cuvée XIX Brut Champagne

For the fruit lovers, the yeasty boys, the acid freaks.

An even split of apple cores, mealy pear, luscious cherries, crusty sourdough, lemon and spice. Personality and complexity and layers to dissect - in the aromas, elegantly expressive. In the palette, powerful, concentrated, long.

Something for everyone.
— 6 days ago

Eric, Severn and 13 others liked this

Jérôme Prévost

La Closerie Les Béguines Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Meunier

Although I find that La Closerie generally needs some bottle age to fill out and come into its own, LC19 is in a great spot after sufficient air flaunting powerful, rounded and rich stone fruit with smoky minerals, toasted hazelnuts and a vibrant and chiseled palate with a touch of salinity on its persistent finish. Pinot Meunier from the master, it just can’t be matched. — 7 days ago

Shay, Andrew and 6 others liked this
Charles York

Charles York

Had my first bottle a month ago. Absolutely stunning, will forever search out.

Krug

Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

World premiere of the 170 edition. A dazzling streak of acidity runs through this. Soft composed lemon notes and a subtle minerality. Quite light at the moment. It needs some time in bottle to flesh out but great material — 11 days ago

Shay, Severn and 12 others liked this

Pommery

Brut Royal Champagne Blend

Equal blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière. Bright yellow color with hints of green. Bright aromas of lemon, white flowers, freshly baked white bread and red berries. Elegant pallet is full of lemon and red berry flavors. Hint of minerality on the finish. Not overly “bready,” so it is quite refreshing and a good stand alone bubbly. Fresh and clean with great balance. I drank this one from a Pouron. Thank you Kasey and Petey! — 6 days ago

Paul, Daniel P. and 2 others liked this

David Léclapart

Cuvée L'Artiste Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut Champagne 1er Cru Chardonnay

LV10. Pop and pour. Stunner, but better on day 1 than on day 2. On the nose: soft florals, vanilla, lemon, lime. On the palate: soft mousse, lovely acidity, grapefruit pith, wet stone and a solid finish. Clashed a bit with some of the heat in some plates last night, but fantastic on its own. Seems to be peaking. — 2 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Very nice 👍

Piper-Heidsieck

Essentiel Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Ming L
9.3

I have not seen the bottling in the U.S. before and brought it back from a recent overseas trip.
Stone fruits commingling with citrus fruits with light brioche and ginger spice. Creamy yet robust. The freshness, purity, precision, and elegance are all there, which is why BdB is my favorite type of Champagne when done right.
17’ based wine with 30% reserve, disgorged in 21’.
And why not all Champagne bottling display the information already?
— 10 days ago

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