Champagne

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Barbichon NV base 16 Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue.  The nose is attractively floral and red-fruited with aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and crushed herbs.The palate is bright and vibrant with flavors of orange oil, a fine line of minerality, with a soft mousse and fine bead.The finish is expansive and tangy with a hint of biscuit on the back end. Lovely Champagne and an excellent value. John McIlwain

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Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disc 01/21)

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. A great vintage in Champagne yielding firmly structured wines for long-term cellaring. We'd love to re-taste this wine but it keeps selling out before we can get to it! (Disgorged for this order in January 2021 after 24+ years on the lees).

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Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 01/21)

The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brulée transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  (Disgorged for this order in Jan, 2021)

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Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 09/19)

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort from the superb 2002 vintage - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical yet laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium-bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in Sept 2019 after 16+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

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Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 01/21)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged for this order in January 2021. 2008 continues to delight, even 12 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

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Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 11/20)

This is classic Beaufort: balanced, rounded and finely filigreed with a judicious dosage. In truth, the 2009 Ambonnay Grand Cru tastes very dry for a Brut, closer to an Extra Brut in style. It shows a burnished golden yellow in the glass, adorned by a finely beaded and generous mousse. The nose offers notes of brioche, cardamom, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, white flowers, and honeysuckle. The palate is powerful and broad, accented with aromas of Cortland apples, apple pie, and nutmeg that lead to a lingering, herbal finish. The 2009 Brut shows the pedigree of its Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit. It's delicious now, but it also has real aging potential. (Lot #09A. Disgorged Nov 2020.)

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Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve

Having missed our trip to France this year, we decided to bring in two vintages from Beaufort that we have not tasted recently, 2012 and 2014. Jancis Robinson is a big fan of 2012, calling it "an exceptional vintage in Champagne." Some writers compared 2012  to 1996, others say it's the best vintage since 2008 -  we're not too sure about that but we're anxious to try this wine, arriving in early March.

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Beaufort, André 2014 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (Dis 1/21)

As with most vineyards from Beaujolais north to Champagne, 2014 was typified by uneven weather and a cool damp summer, but was saved in the end by a warm, dry September, producing bright, well balanced wines of moderate ripeness.  We have recently tasted some excellent 2014 vintage Champagnes, or non-vintage wines based on 2014, so we look forward to this recent disgorgement of the Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru.

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Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 01/21)

The current release of Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was just disgorged for this order in January 2021. The Polisy NV Brut is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

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Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 12/20)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged December 2020.

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Bérêche NV (Base 2018) Champagne Brut Réserve

35% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 35% Meunier from the 2018 vintage. Disgorged 12/20, 7g/l dosage.

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Boulard, Francis 2009 Champagne Grand Cru Grande Montagne Extra Brut

Sourced from the grand cru village of Mailly on the northern slope of La Montagne de Reims. Comprised of 100% organically farmed Chardonnay. Fermented in barrel. Disgorged in 2018 bottled without dosage.

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Calsac, Étienne 2016 Avize Grand Cru Clos des Maladries

100% Chardonnay from a tiny 0.16 hectare south-facing parcel in Avize. Fermented in tank and barrel. Disgorged 1/21, bottled without dosage. With vines planted in the 1970s, the chalk-soiled Clos des Maladries is a true Clos (enclosed by walls) and plowed by horse. Pale golden robe. Effusive aromas of golden apple, lemon blossom, acacia honey, lemon cream, oyster shell, and chalk emanate from the glass. The taut, chiseled palate is pungently mineral and saline with its chiseled frame lent charm by ripe citrus and white stone fruit flavors and a ripple of autolyse radiating from the core. This is still very much young but the verve, brio, and startling persistence of the lengthy, sapid finish that already impresses. While this was quite good with a starter of spaghetti alla gricia, it was better still with a pork cutlet with a mint hazelnut pesto over wilted greens. Nonetheless, I’d be inclined give this a few years in the cellar to allow the elements to knit. That said, this offered enough excitement upon opening to elicit an audible, “golly.” Highly recommended for lovers of deep chalk and even deeper umami. John McIlwain

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Calsac, Étienne NV 18b Champagne 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs L'Échappée Belle

The 2018 base l’Échappée Belle reminds us of the beautiful purity and vibrancy of Étienne Calsac’s Champagnes. Though the domaine is located in Avize this wine speaks more to its origins in Grauves (considered Côtes des Blancs, though more aligned in character to Coteaux Sud d’Epernay according to our friend writer Peter Liem) with a just a nod towards the south-facing village of Bisseuil on the lower slope on La Montagne de Reims. The nose offers aromas of yellow flowers, chalk, and an intriguing note of citrus rind (though it seems to flit between orange peel and lemon zest). In the mouth the wine is supple and emphatically ripe—though by no means flabby or overwrought—with delicious flavors of juicy orchard fruit and lemon curd lent gravitas and energy by a fine, nervy line of chalk running through the mid-palate and carrying all that lovely fruit on to a long and admirably complex finish. I suspect this could gain from cellaring in the short to midterm, but finding the willpower to keep one's hands off those resting bottles may be tested given how absolutely delicious this is at present. And while it’s no secret that young M. Calsac makes lovely wines, this indicates that he has kept joy in mind while putting this dandy Champagne in bottle. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

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Calsac, Étienne NV 18b Champagne 1er cru Rosé de Craie

90% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Noir, farmed organically. Aged in tank and 15% used barrels. 2018 base, disgorged  11/20. With a majority of Chardonnay from Bisseuil and four grams dosage, the wine is ripe, but also elegant and pretty with a pale strawberry pink robe, soft mousse, and fine bead. This offers a beautiful nose highlighted by aromas of hibiscus, wild strawberry, raspberry, tarragon, and chalk. The palate is brightly mineral and structured, with a deep stoniness at its core within its layers of lush red fruits and savory herbal notes on the expansive, lilting finish. This is a lovely rosé balancing ripeness and stony detail with great
(and delicious) aplomb. John McIlwain

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Feneuil, Emilien 2016 Champagne Chamery 1er Cru Les Puits

Les Puits comes from a northeastern facing plot in Chamery on the north slope of the Montagne de Reims. The wine is comprised of of 35 year-old Pinot Noir grown on rich sandy clay over chalk soils. Fermentation is with native yeasts in used barrels.

This wine is pre-arrival. Wine arrives 4/12.

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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Verzenay Grand Cru Millésimé

Comprised of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, organically farmed on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Hugues Godmé is a hidden gem in the world of grower bubbles, when in my estimation he should be a household name. The 2009 Millésime presents a pale yellow golden robe with a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offers stone fruit and biscuity aromas with wet stone and hints of apple blossom. The palate offers pinpoint balance between ripeness and mineral precision, with stone fruit flavors vying with chalky minerality at its core, with just enough of the cool northern slope herbaceous character to temper the vintage's ripeness and express the classic Verzy/Verzenay terroir. This is a gorgeous example of the vintage and highly recommended. John McIlwain

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Huré Frères NV Champagne Brut Reserve L'Invitation (16b)

20% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Meunier. The nose offers aromas of baked apple, brioche, wild strawberry, orange oil, white flowers, and ginger. On the broad, medium-bodied palate there is a fine tension between the ripe red fruit, citrus peel, frisky acidity, and a fairly serious core of stony minerality. This develops nicely in the glass displaying a frothy mousse and coltish, energetic fruit initially, with the earthy Montagne de Reims character emerging with air. This is a fine Champagne to accompany charcuterie, sushi, or smoked fish.

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition 375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

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Larmandier-Bernier 2013 Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Chemins D'Avize

100% percent biodynamically farmed Chardonnay from the Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny parcels in Avize.  Pressed in a 2000kg press, fermented in neutral barrel and bottled with 2g/l dosage. The 2013 Chemins d'Avize has a pale golden robe and fine bead. The noses offers pretty aromas of apple blossom, jonquil, lemon zest, green apple, and a hint of toast. The palate is concentrated, chalky, and assured with a fine chalky core enrobed by ripe stone fruit and citrus flavors and fine herbal nuances on a long, rising finish. This shows plenty of flair at the moment, but the substantial structure within suggests a bright upside indeed. This is an immensely satisfying blanc de blancs and this particular cuvée has impressed since the 2009 vintage release. John McIlwain

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Laval, Georges NV (2017 Base) Champagne Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature

Vincent Laval's wines are simply outstanding. Located in the warm village of Cumières in the southern Montagne de Reims, this Domaine is so tiny that, without a tip-off, you'd never know it existed. The Lavals have been farming organically since 1971, making their Domaine one of the longest standing organic Domaines in the region. Their "basic" (though, trust us, there's nothing basic about it) Cumières is generally 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (with some Meunier in 2017). The grapes are harvested very ripe. enabling the wine to find balance without the addition of a dosage. We can't find the words to lavish sufficient praise upon this wine. The bubbles are perfectly fine and creamy, the aromas rich, earthy, and pretty, the palate broad yet chiseled, and the finish mouth-coating and minerally.

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Mignon, Christophe NV Base15/16 Brut Nature ADN de Meunier

100% Pinot Meunier. Disgorged 11/20/2019. Bottled without dosage. An assemblage of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne from 2015 and 2016.Christophe Mignon works approximately 30 parcels in Festigny and Le Breuil located near Epernay.

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Mouzon Leroux 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Verzy G.C. l'Iineffable

100% biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir from the Grand Cru village of Verzy located on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Dosage 1.5g/L.

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Mouzon Leroux NV (Solera) Verzy Grand Cru L'Ascendant Solera

A perpetual cuvée comprised of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay from Verzy, farmed organically (certified), and fermented in used barrel. Aged 40 months sur latte.

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Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 17) Champagne Extra Brut S.A.

Flavien Nowack's Extra-Brut S.A. (Sans Année) is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay farmed biodynamically in the village of Vandières in the Marne. The base vintage is 2017 with 40% reserve wines dating from 2012. Initial fermentation is with native yeasts and the vins clairs are aged in tank and oak. The nose offers aromas of apple skin, ginger, and wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied and buoyant with stone fruit and spice flavors lent gravitas with a fine bead of pungent minerality.

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Paillard, Pierre Base XVI Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Bouzy Les Terres Rosé

Comprised of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir from the grand cru village of Bouzy on the southern slope of the Montagne de Reims.  The 2016 base vintage has a pale salmon robe. Wild cherry, wet stone, sea spray, tangerine peel on nose. The high-toned, crunchy, chalky palate offers flavors of wild strawberry, brioche, and a hint of rosehip. This is a lifted, bright, high-toned rosé (especially from Bouzy) and has more sprightly charm than power, yet boasts a seriously chalky finish and is a pleasure to drink. Fine stuff, indeed! (1.8grams/liter dosage, disgorged June 2019.) John McIlwain

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Perseval, Thomas 2014 Chamery 1er cru Le Hazat

100% Pinot Noir from sandy loam soils with grass between the vines. Fermented with native yeasts in enamel tanks.The 2014 Hazat has a yellow-golden robe with a frothy, soft mousse and fine bead. Pretty aromas of golden apple skin, Bosc pear, white flowers, and a whiff of acacia honey feature on the nose. The rich palate is ripe, but coiled with a firm mineral spine with stone and orchard fruit flavors radiating from within. The mid-palate is expansive with just a touch of autolyse character with notes of orange oil and hazelnut giving way to a persistent, mouthwatering finish. This is delicious, though it has far more to give as the elements knit. I’d cellar for 3-5 years by which time the fruit and substantial structure will have integrated. This is fabulous Champagne and offers oodles of potential. Disgorged August, 2019. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

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Perseval, Thomas 2015 Chamery 1er cru La Pucelle Blanc de Noirs 1.5L

La Pucelle is comprised of 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir from the bottom of the slope in the eponymous lieu-dit. The vines date from 1961 and are planted in sandy, deep silt soils, which are farmed organically and lightly tilled twice a year, with grass allowed to grow between the vines. The vins clairs are fermented and aged in wood, undergo malolactic fermentation and are bottled unfiltered and unfined.

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Perseval, Thomas Base 2014 Chamery 1er cru Tradition

From organically grown fruit in the premier cru village in C hamery in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval Tradition  Extra Brut is comprised of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage. Raised 70% in enamel, and 30% in barrel and disgorged in September of 2020. The nose offers aromas of white flowers, tangerine peel, pear skin, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a punchy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of lady apple, cool crushed herbs, and chalk and displays considerable drive, power, and depth on the persistent salty, dry, savory, lingering finish. I'd love this with a plate of crudo or better still grilled hamachi collar. John McIlwain

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Perseval, Thomas NV 15b Chamery 1er cru Le Hazat 1.5L

100% Pinot Noir from sandy loam soils with grass between the vines. Fermented with native yeasts in enamel tanks.

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Ponson NV (2016) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

Maxime Ponson, of Champagne Ponson, is a strong proponent of organic viticulture in Champagne, making delightful wines in the La Petit Montagne subsection of Montagne de Reims. Here, soils are predominately sandy limestone and chalk, and the calciferous soils certainly translate into this mineral, bracing wine. the 2016 disgorgement is salty, bright, and lively on the nose, showing lots of limestone and a touch of brioche. The palate follows with a stony core of citrus fruit and lemon zest, bracing texture, and a markedly salty finish. This style of Champagne serves beautifully as an aperitif alone, and also shines next to caviar or oysters. A pleasure to drink and truly a great value at this price. Ben Fletcher

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Sélèque, JM NV Base 16 Solessence 7 Villages Rosé Extra Brut disg. 3/19

Comprised of  45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir. Organically farmed with biodynamic methods. Disgorged 3/19, 3 grams dosage. The wine has a pale salmon robe, lively bead, and frothy mousse. The nose offers effusive aromas of wild strawberry, green tea, mineral smoke, and cherry stone. The palate is dry and racy with red fruits, apple skin, and a fine, filigreed bead of chalky minerality forming the core within. This has fine lift and cut leading to a penetrating, lingering finish. I'd love to enjoy this with salmon crudo or rare yellowfin tuna, or better yet an assortment of omakase tempura from our friends at Secchu Yokota. John McIlwain

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Soreau, Hubert 2010 Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs

Hubert Soreau is is a vigneron whose wine exemplifies the dedication of small growers to producing distinctive Champagnes of terroir. Farming just .49 ha near Epernay without chemicals, he produces tiny amounts of wine which ages in wood, sees long lees-aging under cork, and extended time in the cellar before release. The current Release of Le Clos l'Abbé (base 2010 with this bottling) is vinous,  savory, and layered.  The nose offers aromas  of lemon blossom, sea spray, beeswax, and chalk. The palate is rich and layered, with  a subtle, perfectly knit barrel influence  lending textural complexity to the mid-palate. This is a lovely blanc de blancs with pinpoint balance between the ripe fruit, briochey, biscuity nose, and salty chalkiness. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged summer, 2019. John McIlwain

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Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

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Vilmart & Cie. NV Champagne Brut 1er cru Cuvée Rubis Rosé (17 Base)

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, with 15% Pinot Noir vin rouge. Aged for 10 months in foudre. No malolactic fermentation. Base 2017 with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Rubis has a dark salmon robe and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of peach skin, wild strawberry, and blood orange oil. The palate is sinuous and nervy (relative to Vilmart’s ample house  style) with wild strawberry, crushed herbs, and a creamy orange curd note on a long mouthwatering, juicy finish. There’s a pebbly mineral core beneath the ripe red fruit and great detail and coolness overall and this should age smartly for the next decade. This has fine verve and snap and each sip beckons for another. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

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