Grower Champagne

Krug

Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Gary Westby
9.9

This bottle of Krug had the vine motif on the label that dates it to the "no Krug, no thanks" era. My guess is that it was based on a harvest between 1997-2000, so likely pre-LVMH. The wine was spectacular. The butterscotch and brioche nose as well as the brassy color were signs of patient, tender cellaring. Texturally, this Krug was as good as any wine I have ever had, velvety and full. The back end exploded with chalk, nuts and a complex array of dried fruit. The finish went on and on. Cellar some Grand Cuvée- you won't be disappointed. — 5 days ago

Jim Westby
with Jim
jesus, David and 22 others liked this

Veuve Doussot

Champagne Cuvée Ernestine Millésime Champagne Blend 2010

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind.

100% loved this. Very crisp and yeasty, but a lot of fruit was there, mainly grapefruit. I guessed French champagne correctly, but assumed NV as it was so fruit forward.
— 10 hours ago

Will Adams
with Will
Isaac, Jason and 16 others liked this

Ruinart

Brut Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé

David T
9.2

Like this Ruinart but not over the Billecart-Salmon. This darker and has more fruit concentration but lacks the chalkiness of the Billecart and overall complexity. Still a great start to the evening. @ Gary Danko. Photo tour of the dinning room, bar and cheese cart. Yum! — 4 days ago

Shay, Sofia and 19 others liked this

Pol Roger

Extra Cuvée De Réserve Vintage Brut Champagne

Golden color. Tons of cooked apple and oyster shell, saline on the nose, with pineapple, toasted bread, biscuits, lees, coconut, resin and slight petrol. Very complex nose. Full body, bright and high acidity, very smooth and full mouthfeel, grapefruit and a touch of honey on the palate. Long finish. Splendid Champagne 🥂 💯 12.5% alc. 2006 vintage — 10 days ago

Eric, Mike and 7 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Excellent NV pink bubbles @ £50 👍 & a great way to kick off a new week 🥂

🍷 Shimmering pale peachy salmon pink 😍

👃 Sweet biscuit & brioche through peach, strawberry, red currant & grapefruit with mineral & sweet red apple tones

👄 Crisp med fresh soft fine lively bubbled mousse of citrus, grapefruit zest w/ sweet strawberry, raspberry & red apple fruity undertones

🎯 Med sweet & dry almond sugar biscuit, sour grapefruit, sweet strawberry & red apple finish
— 3 days ago

Greg, Shay and 8 others liked this

Perrier-Jouët

Brut Champagne Blend

Killed 12 bottles of this today in our street party for a lovely old chap who's just turned 90 🎉

Reviewed before in detail so just to say this is a great value decent easy drinking reliable bottle of fizz on a sunny hot day with all your street coming out to celebrate life 😍

Right back to the party as we are the last ones standing, well sitting ... well you know what I mean 😜
— 4 days ago

philip, Bill and 13 others liked this

Bruno Michel

Cuvée Rebelle Extra Brut Champagne

Gary Westby
9.3

Bruno Michel, along with JP Fleury are two of Champagnes incredible progressive growers. This all organically grown extra brut is done with a minimum of sulfur and composed of about 1/2 each Pinot Noir and Meunier from his estate in Pierry & Moussy. It is complex, but not at the expense of refreshment and very dry without being severe. — 8 days ago

David, Daniel P. and 11 others liked this

Tarlant

Zero Brut Nature Champagne Blend

Awesome farmer fizz on our way to our Willamette Valley honeymoon! Aboard the Amtrak Empire Builder passing through Montana right now. NV with 2007 base wines; 2/2014 disgorgement. Spends 5 years on lees and has the rich autolytic character to show for it but still has focus and plenty of verve as well. Pours a medium gold hue. Rich, concentrated nose of ripe as well as baked yellow apples, leesy autolytic fresh brioche notes, crushed chalk, Parmigiano rind, subtle almond and a tiny bit of baking spice character. Cohesive and harmonious nose. On the palate, it's a bit more focused and mineral driven, still has the same ripe yellow apple, autolytic/leesy, and almond notes but with the crushed chalk minerality taking a more central role. Acid is medium (+) to high, medium (-) body, bone dry,
alcohol is moderate and in balance. Some pretty stellar stuff made even better by the context in which it's being consumed. ❤️
— 11 days ago

Peter, philip and 12 others liked this

Benoît Déhu

Cuvée de "La Rue des Noyers" Champagne Pinot Meunier 2012

Fantastic champagne. Very subtle mousse. Dark yellow color. Decanted and drank from bordeaux glasses. Inpressive nose with a lot of green apples. These apples come back in the taste. The high sour is surprisingly kickin!! Paired perfectly with chopped marinated raw tuna. Also the prawns from the saltstone were a perfect match. All guests agreed: This is great stuff!
— 5 days ago

Berry, Peter and 5 others liked this

Duval-Leroy

Femme de Champagne Grand Cru Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir 1996

Желтый грейпфрут, лимонная цедра, щавель, яблочное варенье, белый мякиш, битый камень. Очень живо, с пульсирующей кислотностью, довольно сухо, одновременно полно и в меру строго. Без лишнего жира и дряблости, с запасом. — 2 days ago

Serge, Alexander and 7 others liked this