Domaine Les Chênes Blancs

Vazart-Coquart

Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

A vibrant light yellow with a really nice mousse. Tons of tiny bubbles, nice effervescence going on. The bouquet is packed with complexity and deep citrus aromas. Pears and apple pie start things off with warm bread coming in later. A nice touch of smoke complimented by minerality and grapefruit.

Disgorged on 3/19 after spending over two years on lees, this is wonderfully crisp and focused. Moderate dosage with a generous amount of reserve wines used for TGIF cuvée. It punches far above its weight as a NV entry level bottle, there’s real depth and harmony here.

Medium to full bodied with outrageously wonderful acidity. The star of the show. The palate shows more citrus and minerality. Delicate white flowers and green apples show out here. Nice length and structure. Terrific stuff.
— 12 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Great photo!

Salon

'S' Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut Chardonnay 1996

My third and last bottle. The previous bottle was enjoyed in 2015 at which point it still had a laser-focused precision with sky-high acids and pumping energy. Now, the wine was more rounded and developed; the nose highly mineral, smokey, and with vanillin, citrus, and liquorice notes; the mousse was creamy and still vibrant but clearly less than in -15; taste was fruit forward with citrus, peach, and apples, and with brioche and some tertiary flavours like trouffles and green herbs. Very elegant and the best I’ve had to date. Happy New Year. — 13 days ago

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Larmandier-Bernier

Rosé de Saignée 1er Cru Champagne Pinot Noir

2021/1/5-6 with Taiwanese braised beef and (post-) New Year cotechino. I couldn’t find a lot number or bottle code anywhere on this one. Pretty interesting - spicy (fennel? nutmeg?) with wild, leafy strawberry fruit to start, and also a bit of reduction. Lots of intensity - quite steely and mineralogy too. There’s a wild, gamey, earthy element, too - that hint of red Burgundy. On day two, the reduction had pretty much blown off, with the spice shifted softer, and less intensity in the mouth. I’d be very curious to see how this develops and am now thinking about what to do with my other bottles and whether to get more. I don’t recall previous bottles having quite this wild character, but they may have been previous lots, as I hadn’t bought this in about 18 months. — 15 days ago

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Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Brut Champagne Chardonnay 2013

Lemon scone - a beautifully fresh and yeasty nose.
Asian pear, curd, apricot acidity. Bubbles that are tight, uniformed, yet take a little bit of air to settle it down enough to not be as foamy, and easier to drink. The age on this has done no harm. Amazing.
— 4 days ago

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Pierre Callot

Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Nose has italian bread, green apple slice, under-ripe lime wedge and cold ginger root.

Palate has lime slice, grapefruit zest with a lightly sweet limestone note on the finish; Great acidity.

This just came home with many more of the same; I'm excited for warmer weather as I think this will be a truly crush-able BdB on hot summer days!

Blended with three GC plots in Avize, Cramant & Choiully and 30% reserve wine from 1985+
— 12 days ago

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Lyle Fass

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The acidity is even more impressive in that it’s 2011.

Larmandier-Bernier

Latitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Marvellous
A quite dark style for a BdB
Lots of shades and enjoyment
— 9 days ago

Joe, Severn and 10 others liked this

Franck Bonville

Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend Rosé

Vibrant salmon pink despite being only 10% Pinot Noir. Fine persistent bubbles with moderately quickly dissipating white mousse. Inviting nose yields dusty cherry. Medium light palate gives minerally red berries and white pepper. Mouthwatering bright acidity. Low percentage of black grapes means this rosé is less red fruit driven than most, yet it’s still true to style in flavor profile. A rosé for the blanc lover. Drink up to five years after purchase. — 20 days ago

Dawn, Jonathan and 5 others liked this

Franck Bonville

Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2013

Pale lemon color with fine creamy mousse and rapid bubble flow, spent 54 months resting on Lee’s in their underground caves. Medium intensity aromas of stone fruits, blossom, bread dough and citrus. On the palate flavors of golden apple, peach, lemon citrus and honeysuckle with biscuit toast and nutty notes. Long finish, almost full-body ending with hints of biscuit and citrus. Very Good, more complex than NV, will improve a bit more with bottle age. — 16 days ago

Alex, Paul and 2 others liked this

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Oger Grand Cru Special Club Champagne Blend 2015

This Special Club bottling from one of Champagne’s leading grower producers is stunning. All grand cru Chardonnay from Oger, it has pinpoint bubbles and aromas and flavors of lemon, green apple, lots of white flower (acacia, especially), bees wax, honey, yellow plum, hawthorn and crushed stone minerality. Exceptionally well balanced acidity and fruit, the wine is dry and elegant with a very long finish. Just beautiful with a long life ahead, but who can resist this temptation for long? — 14 days ago

Josh, Eli and 4 others liked this

Agrapart & Fils (Pascal Agrapart)

Venus Millésime Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2010

Lot May 2011, disg. Feb 2014. Muted upon opening, but give this a little bit of air....then, oh my god. This is so much better than my last btl, it's hard to believe. On the nose: soft honey, dense lemon oil, soft vanilla, a touch of oxidative golden apple. On the palate: fantastic acidity, soft and fine mousse, gorgeous density and richness, pomelo, and a lovely soft, velvety finish. — 20 days ago

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