MARC HEBRART Champagne Brut

Marc Hebrart Champagne

85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay from Champagne’s Vallee de la Marne. 2012 through 2015 vintages in this cuvee. Spent 2 years on its lees prior to disgorgement. Showing more austerity and earthiness at my tasting. The soil qualities will always be the star I suspect, but the citrus and orchard fruits, part dried/part fresh, will […]

GASTON CHIQUET Champagne Cuvee de Reserve

Gaston Chiquet Champagne Reserve

40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir. Base wine is 2010. Aged 7 years on its lees. The Gaston Chiquet Cuvee de Reserve elicious Champagne, combining a friendliness of fruit and a creamy, doughy side from the longer aging. Easy to understand and totally enjoy while still being definitively Champagne. Here are all my […]

VICTORINE de CHASTENAY Cremant du Bourgogne

Victorine de Chastenay Cremant de Bourgogne

This bottle of bubbles from the Hautes Cotes of the Cote d’Or really delivers for the price. The blend is 75% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay, 10% Aligote and 5% Chardonnay. Steel tank ferment and aged before 2nd fermentation in bottle for 20 months. Get smoky fresh green apples, melon, fresh pie crust and lemon yogurt. […]

Dosnon Champagne Recolte Noire

Dosnon Champagne Recolte Noire

Subtle red fruit scents of raspberries, strawberries and cherries with violets and apricot sneaking in. The low dosage (about 5 Grams/Liter residual sugar, which is low) and earth-driven base wines make for an athletic Champagne with power and intensity. The Dosnon Champagne Recolte Noire is less fruity and more earthy than most Blanc de Noirs […]

J. LAURENS Crèmant de Limoux Rosé

J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Rose

Delicious, fruity, crisp and clean mèthode traditionelle sparkling from the Languedoc, southern France. The J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Rosé cuvée is Chardonnay, Mauzac, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. Get red plums, raspberries, fresh violets, blood oranges. A little creaminess, medium acidity, crystal-clear flavors and a little floral/spicy flavor on the back end & finish. […]

LE MARCHESINA Franciacorta Brut

Le Marchesina Franciacorta

The Le Marchesina Franciacorta cuvée is 70% Chardonnay followed by Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. It’s fresh and lively with floral (jasmine) and fruit basket (peach, nectarine, apple, Meyer lemon) smells and flavors. Light texture, dry, very easy to enjoy. I’m definitely going to buy some of this for my home…delicious Franciacorta (which is a […]

R.H. COUTIER Champagne Blanc de Blancs

Coutier Champagne Blancs

A bit of an oddity as it is made from 100% Chardonnay in Ambonnay, a village in the Champagne region Montagne de Reims: definitive Pinot Noir country. (It’s Pinot country because the soils lend themselves to making great Pinot-based Champagne.) Get pear/apple, ripe citrus, stone fruits (apricot, peach), fresh tarragon and lemon balm. Burst of […]

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose

Allimant Laugner Brut Rose

A house favorite, and a Napa Valley favorite, the Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose is 100% Pinot Noir, methode traditionelle (in line with the French appellation laws of Cremant. This is a delicious $20 or under sparkling. Medium dosage for Brut, meaning you can pick up a twinge of sweetness. Strawberry, blood orange, rose […]

Paul Dethune Champagne “Princesse des Thunes”

Paul Dethune Champagne

Released as a “mature” style of Champagne: 1/2 Chardonnay, 1/2 Pinot Noir. Barrel aged, including 30% “Reserve” wine that is a multi-vintage blend dating back to the 1970s. Nose has a light Fino Sherry character with preserved lemon zest, day-old green apple skins, and peach puree. Flavor is savory, earthy, and wonderfully developed. The mature […]

JEAN VESSELLE Champagne, Brut “Reserve”

Jean Vesselle Champagne

I know this Champagne well. It’s as good as ever. In the broad-shoulders category of Champagne because of it’s blend (80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay) and the region (Bouzy, Montagne de Reims – clay-rich soils). Smell and taste baked red apples, red currants, raspberry, pink roses and tellicherry peppercorns. Mouth-filling, moderately creamy, roasted almond/roasted lemon […]

MURGO Spumante Brut Rose

Murgo Brut Rose

A delicious Methode Traditonelle (Metodo Classico means the same thing in Italian – bubbles made in the bottle, 2nd fermentation) from Sicily. 100% Nerello Mascalese. Etna Rosso wines have had a surge of popularity in the U.S. the last 10 years. Now it’s time for Spumante Brut Rose to have its turn. Made in a […]

TERRE SECRÈTES Crèmant de Bourgogne Rosé

Terres Secretes Cremant

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay from the Mâconnais. This is one of the most friendly, fuller-bodied, fruit-driven Crèmants I’ve had. The fruit and richness could be explained by the high amount of Pinot Noir as well as the 10% Reserve wine added to the cuvée. Friendly, forward fruit quality. Cherry and cranberry as expected + […]

OUDART Champagne, Chardonnay 2008

Oudart Champagne

Family vineyard and winery (an RM) in the Côtes des Blancs. By tasting I’m guessing it has spent at least 6 years on its lees, which would explain its round, creamy texture. Get ripe pears, lemon cream, fresh pastry and apple butter in this luxurious-style Champagne. A delight to drink 10 year old, vintage Champagne […]

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel Rosé “Triple Zero”

Jacky Blot Rose Triple Zero

An ever-so-subtle smell of flavor of red currant and sun-dried cherry clings to grapefruit, lime and crushed rock in this perky, super-refreshing “Pet-Nat” (single fermentation wine that finishes in bottle). A delicious, very dry sparkler that balances, just so, its fruit, high acidity and lees-aged character. A delicious, unique wine that is a steal for […]

PASCAL PONSON Champagne, Brut Rosé

Pascal Ponson Champagne

Textbook Rosé Champagne smell and taste of strawberry, wild cherry and cranberry lead the way. Orange scone, red apple and faint yellow rose petal follow behind. Great fruitiness, partly explained by the 10 G/L dosage, which falls squarely in the Brut range as it lifts the fruity flavors up. This is a sure-fire hit for […]

PIERRE GIMONNET Champagne “Cuvée Cuis”

Gimonnet Champagne Cuis

Family-owned, run, made and grown, Gimonnet is one of the best, and best-known “Grower Champagne” producers sold in the U.S. Their Blanc de Blancs (= 100% Chardonnay) “Cuvée Cuis” (= Blend from the village of Cuis, a 1er Cru Champagne village) shows tell-tale smells & flavors of the Côtes des Blancs: ripe green apple, lemon […]

SAINT CHAMANT Champagne 2006

Saint Chamant Champagne

Made from 100% Chardonnay Extended lees aging (disgorged when ordered by the importer, so looking at 8-9 years on its lees) and great Estate fruit make for a delicious Champagne that’s at perfect maturity. Smell and taste lemon custard, roast hazelnuts, dried apple slices, baguette crust. When drinking this, you just can’t help but relax […]