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Laurent-Perrier

Grande Cuvée Grand Siècle No. 24 Champagne Blend

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.
— 6 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Elegant review as always!🍾
Jamie Lauder

Jamie Lauder

Willie, you brought me to tears with this description.
I live vicariously through your Champagne addiction.
Well played Sir.

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Cuvée Fleuron Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Chardonnay Champagne 2014

Always find this cuvée Just a joy of a BdB from Gimmonet and the 2014 is no different. Incredibly fragrant, supple and rich fruit backed by an immediately vibrant acidity and mineral core. Creamy, postured, fun. Satsuma, ripe pear, a kiss of something yellow and plummy, crushed chalk, jasmine, citrus peel. 58 Cramant/Chouilly 42 Cuis/Vertus; 5g/l dosage; 12/2020 disgorgement — 6 days ago

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Cédric Bouchard

Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

First time with this one and love it. Really opened up after 4 hours of air and I liked it better room temp. I get a bunch of honey, honeysuckle, strawberries, plum, a bit of fruit custard tart. It is definitely austere with good acid but after a few of the recent grower champagnes I’ve recently had that took varnish of my teeth this seems balanced. Wish I would have bought two of these. Disgorged 2021. — 20 days ago

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Ruinart

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay

Results are in and we both passed D1 of the WSET Diploma! 🙃🙃 🍾🍾🍾

Time to celebrate with one of our faves 🥂🥂
— 11 hours ago

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Vanessa

Vanessa

@Andrew Schirmer Thank you so much 🙏🏻🙏🏻🍾🍾🥂🥂 Cheers !!
Peter Zandbergen

Peter Zandbergen

Congratulations!!
Severn Goodwin

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Well done 👏👏

Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Brut Champagne Chardonnay 2010

So delicious and characterful 🍾🍾🥂🥂

Some notes after we visited this Champagne Grower-Producer last fall:

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This is a family-owned and managed winery, responsible for growing all of the grapes used to produce their champagne. 🍇

All of their vineyards are located in Premier Cru and Grand Cru villages within the Côte des Blancs. The Côtes des Blancs appellation is known especially for Chardonnay grapes, which tend to have a lighter, more delicate style of wine. Larmandier-Bernier’s blends are made predominantly from Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier playing supporting roles. 🌸🌸

We had a tour of the cellar and winemaking facilities. Most of Larmandier-Bernier’s wines are vinified in Austrian (delicately toasted) oak vessels of various sizes. 🪵

These vessels allow a little oxygen to interact with the wine, which can enhance richness, development of aromas/ flavors, and complexity. The wines also undergo malolactic fermentation for some of the same reasons, but also to soften the acidity, given Chardonnay is a neutral grape and can have higher acidity in a cool climate like Champagne. 👍👍

The vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically, in fact this family was one of the first to bring biodynamic farming practices to the region after experiencing delicious wines made using these practices from Alsace.

Our favorite wine of the tasting was the 2015, non-dosage, Terre de Vertus - it was so unique; a beautiful wine with a lot toasty, brioche, almond, marzipan, and round orchard fruit notes. 👏👏👏

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Now we’re tasting the 2010 Vintage Terre de Vertus and we’re equally enthralled. SO DELICIOUS.
— 7 days ago

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Vanessa

Vanessa

@Andrew Schirmer One of our favorites!!
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Wonderful notes 🤗
Vanessa

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@Severn Goodwin 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thank you! And cheers!! 🥂🥂

Laherte Frères

Les Grandes Crayères 1er Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2015

wow. I’ve only had a smattering of Laherte wines but, wow, that’s gonna change. This wine is just gorgeous, lovely density of fresh orchard fruit and citrus, ginger hints, green apple, spice, not yeasty or oxidative. It’s all in harmony and just delicious. Will last and likely improve. — 3 days ago

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Agreed. Just fantastic. Had one last week.

Domaine Dehours

Collection Lieu-dit Mareuil-le-Port La Côte en Bosses Extra Brut Champagne Blend 2012

Deg 12-2020
1552 bottles produced.

Rich, wild, tight and mega complex. Candied fruit, briny umami notes (mushroom, soy, seaweed), beautiful minerality.
Wow…
— 8 days ago

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Ulysse Collin

Les Enfers Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne Chardonnay 2015

Cannot get enough of these magical Champagnes from Olivier Collin. Glad to snag this last bottle. The 2015 60 months sur lattes just dials everything up to 10. It’s deep and intense and radiates with energy and Burgundian flair. It has leesy richness, while at the same time shows impeccable purity and elegance. Swirls in a Burgundy glass unleash its core of caramelized stone fruit, curry leaf, rose oil and exotic spices along ripping citrus inflicted acids that lead to a long, tension filled and smoky mineral infused finish. Truly, like if Meursault could sparkle ✨ — 6 days ago

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Les Vins Du 7

Bulles de Comptoir #9 Tradition Champagne Pinot Noir Blend

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.
— 13 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Very nicely reviewed!🍾
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Severn Goodwin One of a kind stuff
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Trixie Thank you, that means so much to me!

Krug

Brut Champagne Blend 2000

Fresh and crystalline with a salty, oyster shell nose. A little sweetness in the front, a fiber mousse with tall detail and transparency. Light on its feet alongside the Dom 02. Not as intense but very pretty. — 7 days ago

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