Grower Champagne

Ulysse Collin

Les Maillons Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

Excellent grower Champange in the NV (2008) amber in color-rich, deeply concentrated flavors of roasted French Coffee, cardamom and cream. — 9 days ago

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Michael Herzog

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One of my favorite Producers in Champgne. Reminds me a bit of Egly-Ouriet and Selosse.
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@Michael Herzog : Now you’re speaking my language! I’ve got to try this.


Extra Dry Rosé Champagne Blend

A little bit of a pre-aperitif wine in the hotel prior to what I believe will be another fine Tastevin dinner in the Saratoga Springs area tonight.

Prior notes apply; Nose has wet strawberry, orange peel, ripe stone fruits, pineapple core and light, fresh brioche notes.

Palate has strawberry-raspberry mash (light), orange/grapefruit pith, ripe peach (light) and wonderful limestone backbone.

(Update: More saline on the finish than prior bottles, I'm quite pleased with that trait!)
— 4 days ago

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Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T

Happy Friday & weekend all. Cheers! 🥂

I don’t often celebrate bad political operatives going to jail but, when I do, it’s for good cause and with a good glass of Rosé Champagne.

My numerous notes still apply. Ruinart is very good and consistent if anything.

Photos of, the House of Ruinart, famous paintings of Dom Thierry Ruinart, their caves and Grand Cru Vineyard.
— 6 days ago

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Sofia Jalilie

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My sentiments exactly 👏🏽

Thierry Grandin

Éclat Noir 1er Cru Champagne Blend

Cuvee Eclat Noir / Blanc de Noirs made from 60% pinot meunier and 40% pinot noir / 50 months sur lattes / vinification on wood / a very racy Champagne, lots of Granny Smith apples in smell, yeast. Very pure in taste, finesse, light footed. Long aftertaste. A fine glass of champagne to accompany food. Paired it with pepperbell antipasti and risotto with mushrooms. — 11 days ago

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 2009

Shay A

Wednesday Wine Committee. Great hosting by Gavin. 1 sparkler, 4 whites, 4 reds and 2 dessert wines. All served blind as usual.

This had a fun rollercoaster change to it. My first glass was quite yeasty and rich. I let this settle down and by the end of the first glass and in my second glass, it turned reductive with some matchstick and gunflint aromatics. Lots of lemon lime fruit and chalky limestone. Nothing coiled or youthful about this. Open for business. I called this 2006 or 2009 Dom Perignon.
— a day ago

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David T

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Been eyeing my 08’s but, going to let them sleep for another 5 years.
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@David T : Hold those ‘08s! Big structure. The ‘06 and ‘09 are totally open for business and delicious right now.
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@Shay A love how the 09 is drinking right now!

Charles Heidsieck

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

Charles "Champagne Charlie" Heidsieck was one of the first to recognize the importance of the U.S. as a Champagne market. A blend with 40% reserve wines, fruit and floral bouquet, with orange blossom & yeasty notes. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Outstanding rich flavors of apple, pear and biscuit, well balanced, good structure, creamy. Long finish ending with toasty nutty oak & mineral notes. — 2 days ago

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My favorite NV champagne under $75!


Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T

It’s Friday night, time for Champagne. It’s been a number of weeks since we had one of our very favorite N/V Rosé Champange’s.

One of the last nights in the D&S Lounge before we close it up for the season. It’s getting into the 50’s at night with fog hovering. But, it’s 75-77 degrees inside our propane fray. Rainy season is coming as well. 😞

Plate & Bottle dinner tomorrow night. 😋

Have great weekend everyone! Cheers! 🍾🥂

Numerous previous notes apply.

Photos of; the sunset over one of Billecart’s Grand Cru vineyards, inside the House of Billecart and the beautiful manicured grounds of the Billecart Estate.
— 13 days ago

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24°F here tonight, with wind 🥶
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@David T : I don’t blame you. At $330 (or $300 with 6-pack pricing), it’s well outside my purchase range! Too bad.
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@Severn Goodwin Yes, I heard about the sub seasonal temps through Tuesday east of the Rockies! Burr! 🥶 Can’t say I miss my MN days. Good people but, bad geography.

Jérôme Prévost

La Closerie Les Béguines Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Meunier 2014

Very yeasty on the nose with Granny Smith Apple notes and pronounced minerality. 94% Pinot Meunière 2% Pinot Gris, 2% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Noir. Wild fermented and aged 10 months in barrels; 2.5grams/Litre dosage. Only 13,000 bottles made so it is difficult to source in Australia. Consumed this Champagne in Zalto Burgundy glasses like I had been advised to do with Jacques Selosse, a close colleague of Jerome Prevost. As both of these producers say these are wines first and Champagnes second so why not Burgundy glasses. Finishes very dry with cleansing acid. LC14 - year of harvest. Good and different. — 2 days ago

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Between the top three Champagne I can afford, it has always been. Zalto glasses are a must, once you try them you can't go back
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@Ceccherini Cristiano Yes traditional champagne flutes may look good with the bubbles rising up but they make judging the Champagne difficult IMO. There appears to be a trend towards more traditional wine glasses when drinking Champagne.
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@Bob McDonald I personally started drinking Champagne in standard shape glass about 15 years ago
It is indeed a spectacular wine and then a fizzy one. And if you are lucky enough you will meet again an evolution after it loses the bubble with time. Then you deeply realize you've always dealt with a wine

Vincent Couche

Elegance Brut Champagne Blend

A blend of 80% Pinot Noir & 20% Chardonnay, aged 5 years on lees and 7% in oak barrels, biodynamic made wine. With long lees aging the aromas are complex with fruit, biscuit and mineral notes, fine bubbles and rich mousse. On the palate flavors of ripe fruits, apple and pear, with lemon zest, brioche notes and mineral notes, nice and crisp. Long finish ending with mineral yeasty tang. Outstanding! — 3 days ago

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Grand Siècle Cuvée Grande Brut Champagne Blend 1813

This 24th was grand - I love the depth and roundness combined with a nice sweetness to the nose, which felt of nice light stone fruit. The body also exhumed richness and the finish was seamless! A great wine — 18 hours ago

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