Grower Champagne

Cédric Bouchard

Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir 2014

Always and forever my favorite grower (that I have frequently enough). Here, his entry level bottle from 2014 vintage. Always single vineyard, single variety and single vintage. Wonderful intensity and really solid complexity. Baked pears and golden apples, spices and flowers. Finishes with very good length and depth. Never ceases to impress. — 12 days ago

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Charles Heidsieck

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

David T

Tonight we tested the Riedel Vintage Sommelier flutes with the friends that gifted us our first set vs the flutes we had been using.

I wanted to do it with this champagne as I know it well. Moving back and forth between flutes, the nose was more green apple with the Somm flutes which, show more pineapple at the start.

From the Somm flutes there was green apple, lime zest, lemon, nougat, almonds, yeasty, more refined grainy minerals, volcanics, saline, yellow flowers with jasmine. The acidity is near perfect. The finish is; rich, well polished, nicely knitted and persists for minutes.

Photos of; the Champagne house of Charles Heidsieck, Stephen Leroux, director of Charles Heidsieck, one of the the best cave tasting rooms in Champange & their tasting salon
— 13 days ago

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Shay A

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As you know, a favorite of mine!
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About to post some thoughts
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@David T Agreed re the tasting room. Best one with I’ve been in. The salon at Taittinger to taste the Comtes was pretty good as well.


Grande Cuveé 168ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

The 168 with a base of 2012 back to 1996 was rich, chiseled & precise showing a steely, mineral character with notes of citrus, green apple & pastry dough. This will be a great one to follow along with the 164 to matchup in a few years. — 8 days ago

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Extra Brut Damery Pur Meunier Champagne

Nose has partially oxidized red apple peel, lightly buttered & toasted brioche, moist limestone gravel and day old lemon zest.

Palate has red apple, lemon, dried cherry, lemon pith, (light) dried strawberry with a rich and long finish. Oak aging is not obtuse, but subdued and complimentary. What a great bottle, still young with years ahead!

Dosage 3.6G/L | Bottled 31 March 2014 | Bottle No. 720/1004
100% Pinot Meunier | 100% Damery fruit | 100% Oak-aged (Damery sourced oak)

(I believe this version to be mostly 2013 vintage harvest.)
— 5 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@Dawn E. Thanks, I felt the colors of the label and the Phlox worked well.

L. Aubry Fils

Brut Premier Cru Champagne Blend

Green apple, mature yeasty brioche aromas, confectionary, vinous, ample acidity. This is becoming my go-to for non-splurge grower champagne. Former notes apply. Deg 2019 — 17 days ago

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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Josh Morgenthau I reviewed your previous notes, this might be my affordable go to bubbly for guests.
Josh Morgenthau

Josh Morgenthau

@Dennis P. It’s hard to find a bottle of bubbles that beats it for under $40. Astor wines has it and another favorite of mine, J. Lassalle’s Cuvée Preference, both marked way down, along with a lot of their other champagnes. Guess sparkling wine sales are down... great time to stock up!


Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T

The Seasonal Grand Opening of the D&S Lounge. That’s going to require some BSR to celebrate.

As well, going to detail notes of this with my new Riedel Vintage Sommelier flutes, center picture. I’ve been wanting to write notes on this Champange in the new flutes as I wanted to do it one I am very well acquainted. As
@Paul T- Huntington Beach & @Severn Goodwin have pointed out the many times I have posted it.

The nose is definitely more vibrant. Tangerines lead where they haven’t in my previous notes now using the new flutes. More pink rose petals, blood orange, pink grapefruit, leaner; strawberries, watermelon, warmed, creamed raspberries, apricots & cherries, liqueured marmalade, hints of scorched rhubarb, lemon/lime aid, chalky powder, delicate, grey volcanics, sweet, sea spray, bread dough, baguette crust, touch of brown sugar/molasses light, haunting, dry herbs, limestone and bouquet of; white, red, pink & orange roses.

The body is round with some gummy or gluiness. Everything about the mouthfeel is more delicate and softer. The bubbles smaller & more refined. Pink rose petals, blood orange, pink grapefruit, leaner; strawberries, watermelon, warmed, creamed raspberries, apricots & cherries, liqueured marmalade, hints of scorched rhubarb, almost a date presence on the long set, chalky powder, delicate, grey volcanics, sweet, sea spray, lighter intensity of white spices but, still has the heat & palate penetration, bread dough, baguette crust, touch of brown sugar/molasses light, haunting, dry herbs, limestone and bouquet of; white, red, pink & orange roses. The acidity is all fresh & lively with this cuvée. But, even that seems better. The finish is as always; well knitted & balanced, polished, fresh, persistent and never disappoints.

Photos of; the best room in our house for 6+ months of the year, our backyard. Aka, the D&S Lounge on Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
— 12 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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I think thats military terminology @Severn Goodwin scorched Rhubarb policy. I just saw it on the history channel
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Y’all 😆
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Rhubarb braised momentarily with a welding torch! 🔥

Jacquesson & Fils

Cuvee 741 Extra Brut Champagne

Very tight at first, this reveals itself with still doughy apple pastry notes, green apple skins and seeds, lemon and lemon zest and a clean mineral nose with something almost reminiscent of swimming pool (not in a bad way). Palate is mineral and focused with lots of acid leading into the finish. Just starting to develop a honeyed note. Pleasurable if a little austere, will be better in 2-3 years. 2013 harvest, disgorged 2018 — 5 days ago

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Olivier Horiot

Solerá 7 cépages Les Riceys Champagne

Disgorged May 2018. A masterpiece. Aromatics are sweet citrus with a hint of tarragon. The palate is coated with white peach & crisp lemon. I’m amazed at how generous this is right from the pop. Texturally elegant and finessed. This is a great bottle of Champagne. — 5 days ago

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7 cepage blend sounds fun
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@Anthony Lombardi Their line up is great.


Millésime Brut Champagne Blend 2013

Super bubbles, alternating between tart and buttery smoothness on the palate. Not a ton of depth on the backend but phenomenal flavors (oh yeah also we bought a house) — 2 days ago

Jasmine Chan
with Jasmine
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Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Andrew Holod

ID 314057 (just off one digit from pi)
Golrious balance. Cork was compressed and showing age, though I stored this in my cold cellar. Nose of yellow fruits and flowers. All of a piece, though feeling a bit spendy.
Happy Mother's day to my wife, paired w almond croissants and truffled eggs.
— 11 days ago

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