Rated this lower last night. I thought it was a bit too simple for the price, but in hindsight, there's nothing much to fault. A bit of reduction at the start, which blew off to reveal a deliciously fruity cuvee with hints of oxidation. Excellent dosage at 5.5 g/l. Racy, dry, balanced, with ample complexity. On the lighter side of grower champagne.
Note: For half the cost, I could probably find local cuvees that show somewhat like this. But irrespective of price (f Australian pricing), this was a very good wine. Perfect aperitif. Perhaps it needs some time in bottle. Love the LIP on the back label. Disgorged 2016, 65/35 PN/CH, 60/20/20 2013/11/12. — 9 days ago
Ruinart wine dinner. Many different vintages which gave us a real sense of the house style. This maker produces reduced, linear, acidic wines based on Chardonnay. Green apple, white flowers, pastry, mineral, some reminded of Chablis. The vintage reds were stunning, Burgundian wines. This one was clean, vibrant, crisp, with some age. 2004 will be special. — 9 days ago
Where do I start with this wine? Perhaps what I didn't like about it. Palate seems unresolved as of now and it didn't deliver as much satisfaction as the nose, but that's just nitpicking. Also a touch too oxidative - hints of apple cider notes. However, in a way, this adds complexity to what was already a rich, layered array of aromas. Tasting the Sapience, I think of a warm mille feuille, with baked apples and spices in one layer, salted caramel with nuts in another, chamomile cream with fresh mandarin pieces in the last. This had complexity of the highest order and probably the best champagne I've tasted this year.
Notes: Better to serve it in a bigger format glass. Like Bouchard and Selosse, bubbles dissipates quickly here. The ample use of oak and richness of the wine does make it somewhat table-like. Also, CJ noted that's this could have pulled off as a Selosse Millesime, which I have yet to taste. Mixed info about the wine so will list them all.
From FORCEBERRY on Cellartracker:
This is a brainchild of Benoît Marguet: the world's first "prestige cuvée" by Champagne small growers. Despite labeled under Marguet's name, this wine is not made with Marguet grapes; instead the grapes come from organic producer Georges Laval, who supplied Pienot Meunier (2/3 of the wine) and biodynamic producer David Léclapart, who supplied Chardonnay (1/3 of the wine), all grapes from minimum 1er Cru-level vineyards. The wine is vinified by Benoît Maguet and Hervé Jestin, a man best known as the cellar master of Duval-leroy. The wine is fermented and aged in old barriques for 6 months, after which the wine is bottled and left to age in Marguet's cellars for a minimum of 5 years. This wine is disgorged in September 2012 with a dosage of 3 g/l.
Sapience is a collaboration between Benoit Marguet, Benoit Lahaye, Vincent Laval, and David Leclapart. The concept is to craft a Champagne using extreme biodynamic methods. This rendition of Sapience comprises Chardonnay from David Leclapart, and Pinot Meunier from Vincent Laval. The next version will have Pinot Noir from Benoit Lahaye. The wine is made in the cellar of Benoit Marguet, who is one of the most passionate biodynamic winemakers we've encountered. The base wine spends two years aging in Bordeaux barrels before the second fermentation in bottle. More Chardy in blend.
Benoit Marguet partnered with Herve Jestin to create this wine, the first ever certified organic prestige Champagne blended from across the region. They release the same wine with two different labels. One is Sapience/Marguet the other one is Champagne Jestin. Grapes are from the fellows of Hervé Jestin, Vincent Laval(Cumières, PN&PM, Biologic) and David Leclappart(Trépail, CH, Biodynamie). — 14 days ago
Brilliant pale yellow color with charming mixed citrus marmalade, brioche, apple and chalk aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and very fresh with a creamy delicate mousse and mouth-filling yellow apple, pear, tangerine, lemon, and a hint of hazelnut flavors. Long citrus driven finish with aa appealing minerality that brings to mind a mixture of chalk and saline! Blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir; Aged for five years on the lees. Great QPR at $35! 12% abv — 13 days ago
Here we go... let the games begin!
Brilliant showing. Nose is soft, but offers up notes of bread, yeast and a hint of petrol. Beautiful poise on the palette with biscuits, almonds and brioche, with apricots and peach coming along for the ride. Absolutely sublime! — 3 days ago
Uh can it get more extravagant? Caviar, oysters and champagne to start the evening and set the palate. Rina killed it with this starter. Holy cow. When this is how the night starts, you know it's going to be an amazing one. It was. — 7 days ago