Really really small allocation of this in 2019 and whoever gets it is a lucky dog. Stunning beyond belief. Nose is all brambly cherries, brambly black cherry, some gorgeous mineral tones, gorgeous florals, so clear. The nose keeps opening and gaining nuance. So perfumed. So Chambolle. Omg the palate is why we drink, collect and chase Burgundy. It’s super tight but it is all there. Gorgeous purity, finesse and some serious structure. Crunchy and a bit tight but my goodness the depth, breadth and length signal we are in eliteville. What a finish. Pure soppy cherries. This is so old school as well. I’m not even sure if there is any new wood on this. If there is I don’t notice as Pierre is known to use 0% new wood on some of his elite 1er Cru reds. The kiss of cherry on the nose is growing . So pure and so much clarity. What inner mouth aromas. Terrific sweetness and structure. Elegant, complex and ethereal. The finesse is top notch but married to a 20+ year structure. So so long. Just impossibly long and there are apparent tannins and also late breaking tannins. Such sweet caressing fruit on the finish.
Omg this is an absurd work of art. So velvety, sweet and incredible tiny fruit intensity. 9.7 to 9.8 after 15 minutes. — a day ago
First taste of Brisset 19’s and starting BIG. Ahhhh that nose. Gorgeous lemon oil, super discreet oak, sea air like minerality, just so airy and expansive. Unreal clarity and depth. Elite. Super elite. 9.8 nose out of the gates. It’s been open 5 minutes. This man is a god amongst men. Stunning. Balance and purity on this is ridiculous. Concentrated and no hard edges. None. Oh my this is elegant. Elite elegance and chock full of minerals. Structured, deep, salty and saline. Luscious and round. Killer acids but so well integrated. Round and chewy and really very complex already. Such a long finish with lime zest, green apple, flowers and extreme minerality. So sad Pierre made so little. This seems more young and backwards than the 2018 at this point. Will be back as it airs. The elegance and no hard edge quality signals this is the 1% of Burgundy. As it opens it becomes more compact and just a single unit of brilliance.
Wow so sappy and there is a mineral sweetness now. This is bonkers. 9.8 to 9.9 after 15 minutes.
9.9 to 10.0 overnight. More of everything. Just insane. If you get offered this by me and refuse it you’re off the list. — a day 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 — 20 days ago
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. — 9 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. — 12 days ago