On 10-5-20 Alsace AOC "Le 3 Décembre" 2015- Pierre Frick - 50% Gewurtztraminer 50% Sylvaner — 23 days ago
A magnificent Champagne with freshness, very elegant, slightly toasted notes, pure fruit with good backbone, excellent balance and a long delicious finish.
Magnifique Champagne avec beaucoup de fraîcheur, finesse et élégance tout en ayant beaucoup de tenue. Des notes légèrement toastées, des bulles assez fines et une belle finale longue et savoureuse, vraiment très bon. 91-92 — 2 days ago
We tried the 2017 last weekend. It was really good. I said, it needed a couple years in bottle. After having the 2015 tonight, I would say it’s better but, like this 15 it still needs a couple more years to flush out to its best form.
I like this rising Burgundian producer & new to me. For $39, it overachieves & drinks better than many more expensive CA Chardonnays. As I mentioned in my 2017 post, this producer uses a shade more new wood than is typical for White Burgundy...it has a little backbone.
The nose reveals; sour lemons, green apple with skin, lime zest to candy, overripe pineapple, under ripe, green melon, white peach, peach, apricot, kiwi, guava, cream, brown butter, white spice, limestone, chalky grains in powder, caramel notes, butterscotch candy, dry herbs, honey/honeycomb quality, grey volcanics, fruit blooms, jasmine, yellow lilies & spring flowers.
The body is; full, round, waxy, slightly gluey with nice viscosity. This also drinks like a nice Meursault. Sour lemons, green apple with extra skin, lime zest to candy, overripe pineapple, under ripe, green melon, white peach, peach, apricot, kiwi, guava, cream, brown butter, white spice, limestone, chalky grains in powder, wet some, flintiness, slightly, metallic minerals, caramel notes, butterscotch candy, dry herbs, honey/honeycomb quality, grey volcanics, fruit blooms, jasmine, yellow lilies & spring flowers. The acidity round, phat and well executed. The finish is; well balanced, nicely knitted, lush, rich, polished and lingers on for minutes ending in grippy chalkiness & minerals.
Needs to be decanted & enjoyed around 60 degrees.
Photos of; Domaine Pierre Boisson, staff picking grapes (that basket is a back breaker after awhile), beautiful Chardonnay clusters ready for harvest & Pierre, Bernard & Anne Boisson
@Shay A Maybe, your next producer introduction? Have to work that out. — 6 days ago
Super fresh, clean and so delicious. Granny smith apple, biscuity notes, and a beautiful long finish. Amazing bubbles that really shows the difference in level for Grand Cru Vintage Champagne. With every penny and then some. Can't wait to have again. — 18 days ago
Just gorgeous bourgogne blanc, but I think this is Chassagne in all but name (Cassaneas is the ancient name for Chassagne). On the nose, sweet fruit at first, but becomes more taut: lemon, slathered with minerals, sweet lime. On the palate, ultra-focused acidity, crystalline lemon and lime, sour apple. Lovelt mouthfeel and a very focused and refreshing finish. Fantastic. Better than the 17 Dancer Bourgogne Blanc, which shows a bit more overt oak. — 3 days ago
@Delectable Wine this is Les Avats
A champagne from a vintage that is, shall we say, not particularly lauded. Nevertheless, I've had some fantastic experiences with 2011 Champagnes, and this one might be the best of the bunch. This is probably better than the 2011 Pierre Peters Chetillons. From a single parcel <<Les Avats>> in Avize, this is, I believe, a blanc de blanc even though it isn't listed as such. There is no disgorgement information on the bottle. Notes from 4 hours open.
The nose is a heavenly mixture of soft lime and meyer lemon, custard, some oxidative nutty notes. On the palate, the acidity is on point, the mousse is soft and carries the flavors so well, there is more lemon, a touch of rich oxidative character with a slight coffee tinge, but then, all of a sudden, it lightens up in the palate, almost like cotton candy dissolving, yet somehow manages not to give up its intensity. Wow. I have a few more bottles, but the current CellarTracker drink-by dates say 2026-2036...there is no way I could wait that long; this drinks so well already. — 13 days ago
A great reward for a very long day of outside chores; lawn, extensive plantings in the gardens, harvest in the early Fall might be the end of me this year. I hope we have enough canning jars!?
Prior notes apply, and then some, worthy of the score alone on the nose. Palate is amazing, slightly better than prior bottles. Last bottle on this stellar NV selection. Need to get more cellar depth on this one.
Stunning out of Riedel Vinum Champagne glasses! — 18 days ago