This champagne is the same base wine of their regular Cuvée de Reserve, but aged an extra year on the lees, and bottled under cork rather than crown seal. All bottles from my 3-pack were base of 2014 and disgorged in 2019, so on the younger side.
Interestingly enough, I think I experienced bottle variation across all three (they were all consumed within 6 months of each other). Bottle one was not expressive with ripping acidity. Bottle two seemed more floral and showed a bit more give on the palate. And this fine bottle was what I had expected they would be when I first picked them up. For a wine of this much reserve, it has a very nervy spine and isn’t necessarily rich. Aromatically it is very floral, with honeysuckle, green apple, and grilled lemon. On the palate, it sports copious amounts of chalk and limestone, with a hint of nutmeg and lemon pastry. Racy. This is a champagne that seemed to get better the longer it was in the glass, and as it warmed up a bit. I’d say close to cellar temp is ideal for this if you want to see it open up at this age. At almost twice the price of their Cuvée de Reserve, I don’t think this is a QPR winner, but fun to try. — 3 days ago
Insane florals. Purple rose is accurate. Lilac, violet, cassis, strong black licorice on the bouquet that’s redolent with dank purple florals. Very sensual. Palate is dark purple/and black fruits, but they dance across the palate weightlessly. Ground stone, gunpowder, and dark mineral undertones with a hint of charred fruitwood smoke giving this depth. A bit inky but really silky and gentle at the same time. Intoxicating; you just want to keep your nose in the glass. In an awesome place and can only get better. — 5 days ago
Okay... just reviewed this a couple weeks ago...I was wrong! The wine is better than I thought! Absolutely brilliant with Salmon and Blackhawk hockey. Starting to wonder why drink white wine when this shit is available. Bargain, back up the truck and cover yourself with bubbles! — 19 days ago
Ripe, heady, full throttled juice, reminiscent of Crozes-Hermitage with it’s juiciness. There’s some sinew to it. Coulis, Chambord, soaked cherries, cherry wood, bbq meat, creosote, tapenade, Provençal herbs, a slight kiss of balsamic, stones, licorice whip. Love the overtness of this 2018 has — 13 days ago