Champagne, France

Ruinart

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

Four day weekend. Gotta get it off to a good start. Been awhile since we had our 375ml of Ruinart.

The nose shows, ripe, slightly candied; black cherries, strawberries, kirsch cherries, rich, summertime watermelon, touch of orange citrus family blend, pomegranate juice, hints of fruit roll up & haunting apricots. Sea fossils & spray, a little bread dough, grey volcanics, chalky powder, orange, spring flowers with fresh & withering, red & pink rose pedals.

The palate is full & touch gummy/candied. Fruits are well extracted, deep, ruby; black cherries, blackberries, strawberries, kirsch cherries, rich, summertime watermelon, touch of orange citrus family blend, pomegranate juice, hints of fruit roll up & haunting apricots. Ghostly, not quite fruit brandy or fruit liqueur character, sea fossils & spray, a little bread dough, not quite medium, white spice with hints of palate heat, grainy, grey volcanics, chalky powder, orange, spring flowers with fresh & withering, red & pink rose pedals. The acidity lively and crisp. The round, well balanced & polish finish is always consistently satisfying and lingers for minutes.

Photos of; the House of Ruinart, Dom Thierry Ruinart, nicely light caves and rolling, hillside, Grand Cru Vineyard.

Not quite sure where “D” gets $83 when you can buy this all day at just under $65.
— 3 days ago

Ryan, P and 27 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.3

Finally a night or weekend we weren’t working on our rental, rushing to get some Christmas shopping done or getting ready to entertain holiday guests. It’s a night for us to chill out. That’s a good thing. It is also our final night to enjoy all our Christmas candlelights before we pack up tomorrow. 😔

We didn’t even enjoy any of one our very favorite N/V Rosé Champagnes over the holidays.

Tastes really good tonight. Showing shades of carbonated Dreamsicle or Creamsicle. However, you remember them growing up. Rich, ripe, candied & lean; black cherries, strawberries, cherries and summertime leaner watermelon. Baguette, grey volcanics, sea spray and finely powdered, razor sharp chalkiness with candied, pink rose pedals. Perfect, crisp, lively acidity and long, rich, well polished & balanced finish with persistence.

Hope you all have had a great start to 2020!
— 16 days ago

Sofia, Ira and 38 others liked this

Krug

Grande Cuveé 167ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

From 375. Lemon oil, orchard fruit, pastry, mineral. I order 168ème but was sent this 167ème - a bit disappointed with the mistake, but this is still very good — 8 days ago

Eric, Severn and 14 others liked this

Ulysse Collin

Les Enfers Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne Chardonnay

! !Yarivyo Wine Score!
9.1

Champagne and Caviar the ultimate combo especially on a fresh brioche. This delicious Champagne from Ulysse Colin Les Enfers was simply fresh and delicious! It went very well with the Caviar and kept a lovely sense of freshness. The bubbles are lively and the nose splendid. A well made champagne to enjoy also on it own 🥂🥂my score 91, drink to 2024. — 21 hours ago

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Baron-Fuenté

Grande Réserve Brut Champagne Blend

David T
9.1

Pretty sure I haven’t had a better bottle of Champange at $24.99 and even some higher.

The nose reveals; bruised green apple & Bosc pear, lemon meringue, overripe & slightly sour pineapple, lime zest, nougat, vanillin, soft honeycomb, oysters, sea spray, baguette crust, grey volcanic, pleasant chalkiness, whiffs of herbaceousiness, spring flowers, mixed greens and yellow lilies.

The entry is clean, fresh, rich and lively. Bruised green apple & Bosc pear, lemon meringue, golden apple, overripe & slightly sour pineapple, lime zest, nougat, vanillin, caramel, soft honeycomb, sea fossils & spray, baguette crust, nice white spice with some palate heat, grey volcanic, pleasant chalkiness, whiffs of herbaceousiness, spring flowers, mixed greens and yellow lilies. Crisp lively acidity. The finish is refreshingly delicious, well balanced, good, seamless, delineation, nice polish and persists with spice for several minutes on the long set.

Photos of; The House of Baron Fuentes, grapes at harvest, Proprietor Eric De Brisis and one of their Grand Cru vineyards.
— 15 days ago

Brian, Ryan and 30 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Agreed, bought some when K&L had it on sale for $17.99 definitely double delivers

Palmer & Co

Brut Champagne Blend

Pale gold color with a really fine mousse. Tons of beautiful tiny bubbles that just keep going and going. Stunning nose of brioche bread, toasted nuts, apricots, and honeydew. High acidity embraces you immediately in the mouth with a dry burst of citrus fruit. A creamy mouthfeel upon entry that starts off a bit round but soon becomes sharper and more focused. As much power as it displays, the elegance and depth absolutely shine here with a delicate mid palate. Freshly baked bread, pears, lemon-lime, and toasted almonds on the palate. A beautiful champagne, one that should be revisited often. — 15 days ago

Ira, Kevin and 3 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Nice review for a New Year! 🥂

Pol Roger

Sir Winston Churchill Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir 1996

This is lovely stuff. Showing signs of age but very mellow and in place. Soft breads flavors with some apricot and a hint of honey. There are delicate floral notes on the midpalate and a very generous, balanced finish. Great subtle acidity too. — 3 days ago

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Suenen

La Grande Vigne Extra Brut Montigny-Sur-Vesle Pinot Meunier 2013

Not C&C. This is their Blanc De Noirs.... 100% Pinot Meunier. Expressive, floral and with a beautifully layered mousse. Wild red raspberries, mandarin orange, chamomile and dried red flowers. Finishes long and complex. Really love this grower. — 5 days ago

Ira, Peter and 1 other liked this

Brice

Brut Rosé Champagne Pinot Noir

It's been over a year since my last bottle of this Brut Rosé, still consistent notes.

There is a chorus of chalky Pinot fruits, but a slight herbal aspect to the end of the finish on this bottle.
— 7 days ago

Ryan, Eric and 28 others liked this

Krug

Brut Champagne Rosé Blend

Takes time to open up with the initial nose and palate coming off a bit light in flavor. Once it does though it’s a very layered champagne of floral notes followed by a mix of cherries and raspberries. Never picked up the type of volume you get from its grande cuvée. — 11 days ago

Eric, Shay and 17 others liked this
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@David T Raising my hand as a Rookie! Good info to learn! Krug NV was a huge disappointment to me.
David T

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@Dawn E. I’ve had good & bad bottles of N/V Krug. There is a 6 digit code on each bottle to check on Krug’s website to see when the bottle has received its cork. I found through experience this to be critical in choosing my bottles from resellers. Bottles that sit on retailers shelves or other in less than ideal storage conditions that are pushing three years or more are not to be purchased. Again, especially in 375ml’s. I look for resellers that store their a Krug in climate controlled storage and always check or ask about their disgorgement dates. Also, when a brand has received so much hype and developed such cache like Krug, unless it really hits your wheelhouse, there is room to be disappointed. Having said that, I like Krug when it’s good. However, they have pushed their price point past their quality over the last two years for me. I don’t buy their N/V Rosé anymore. On rare occasion, I will still buy their grande cuvees.
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@David T thank you once again! 🤗