A truly imperious champagne. Exceedingly beautiful in the glass with a crystalline pale gold color. The effervescence is effusive and almost emotional. Nice intensity on the nose with apricots and honeydew initially. Lemon zest and butter along with toasted brioche bread. Faded flowers and honey. Roasted nuts really begin to shine after an hour or so.
As always with Grand Siecle, this is a blend of three years, 2004, 2006, and 2007 for this 24th iteration. Quite the stately and baronial wine. Absolutely ready to drink now but obviously will just continue to grow into itself more over the years. 55/45 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir from 11 Grand Crus, poise is the key here. All is in balance and form. Equally thrilling and reflective. Grace and power. It’s a bit stunning at times.
Very precise and focused, this is pure and driven in the mouth. Citrus is all over the palate, along with crusty bread and fresh herbs. There’s plenty of minerality but also an innate savory nature, as well. This just goes on and on and on, leading to an impeccably long and delicious finish. I’m in lust. A a Tête de Cuvée that drinks like one. — 3 days ago
And now for something quite different. A champagne rebel and man of his own time and mind, Charles Dufour is producing some extraordinary wines. And they live up to the hype. A nice mild amber color with lazy, small bubbles. The nose is rather intense with a nice bit of nutmeg up front. Plenty of citrus fruit that never overwhelms but is certainly enveloping. Woodsmoke and wood, red apples, and just a little honey.
As natural as natural wine gets. Organic, hand picked, herbicide free. This most certainly tastes natural, in the best way possible. 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and an added 10% of Pinot Blanc. From beautiful Côte des Bar terroir and aged for two years on lees. 80% of the wine comes from the 2018 harvest with the remaining 20% coming from a perpetual reserve dating back to 2010. With an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l, there’s rather zippy acidity and innate purity here.
This really is one of those bottles that unique and highly, highly expressive. Very nuanced with outrageous complexity. The palate is fantastic with apples and a bit of cinnamon to boot. Every sip screams natural and terroir driven. Special, special stuff. Unique and gorgeous. — 10 days ago
Bouteille un peu moins impressionnate que la précédente, c’est bien surtout pour le prix, pommes mures, assez frais mais semblait plus évoluée et un brin plus “liquoreuse”. 88-89
Nice with ripe apples, some freshness but this bottle was mot as impressive as the last one, a touch more heavy or liquor feel to it. — 8 days ago
Laid in chalk cellars in 2016
Disgorged in 2019
👃Smoky minerality is predominant. Also hazelnuts, patisserie, apples and pears. This is bold
👅Fresh and precise. Good fruit. Full bodied. Pronounced minerality. Minimal oxidative notes. Slight perfume. Excellent acidity and enough sweetness to make this very drinkable.
Tolerated a broad range of temperatures
Solid value for champagne and a champagne that should please a wide audience. (Maybe not the “no dosage” adherents)
And a beatiful bottle no less👍 — 18 days ago