International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($130; LLEVHF00036) Brassy gold. Powerful, pungent, complex, lightly oxidative bouquet of toasty lees, apple butter, peach nectar, cured meat and dried rose. Full and chewy, with decadent dried fruit and nut flavors accented by deeper toffee and caramel tones. There's surprising energy here, and subtle lift to the flavors. Almost sweet on the long, toasty finish, with a persistent note of marzipan. I'd drink this now.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93This elegant, complex Champagne has a mature bouquet of smoke, dried red fruits, lemon and spice flavors set in relief by the bracing structure. Well-integrated and intense, with a lingering finish of roasted walnut, citrus and wood smoke.Drink Dates: 2009-2018Author: Bruce Sanderson
Self | Rating:Bottle heat damaged.Author: Dana G77
Self | Rating: 96Corks were in good shape. The color of the wine was a deep golden color almost like a sherry in color. The nose was rich and toasty. The flavor was also rich, toasty and aged. Very rich in flavor and paired wondefully with the Gougeres. The second bottle was on the edge of being musty and slightly oxidized which tells me that I need to consume the remaining 3 bottles in the next few months before they pass their peak.Drink Dates: 2015Author: Rollieb
Anonymous | Rating: 14i may have received a dud bottle. the taste was 1 dimensional -- ALL toast, no fruit. was very disappointed in this. NV veuve was much betterAuthor: johnswu
Self | Rating:Pale rose-gold color with subtle bead. Powerful, linear oxidative and lemon aromas gradually expanded to include honeysuckle, caramel, lime and brioche. In the mouth, signs of age in the lower register with strong acid keeping it fresh and vibrant up top. Barely medium weight (in the style of many 1988s), but it works well with or without food. Long finish.Author: darvid
Self | Rating: 94Plenty of fruit, slight toast notes. Aging beautifullyAuthor: coffeemuse
Self | Rating: 97Rich nose of honey, baked pear, almonds, lees, floral. Fresh and layered, with flavors of almond, sweet baked bread, light coffee, strawberry, cocoa powder, and a hint of smoke. Excellent.Author: TheRhoneStore
Self | Rating: 18This bottle was tight and youngish at first. After 30 mins it starts to sing beautifully. Tropical fruits, sweet apples, yeast everything in perfect balance and very complex. No rush to drink this wine based on how fresh this bottle was.Drink Dates: 2009-2013Author: cinnamon
Self | Rating: 85way past its prime. Hard to evaluateAuthor: JCashman
Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing , , and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile.
Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.
Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: , , and . contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.
Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of , , , and .Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 195 bottles owned
- 56 collectors
- Average collector rating: 89
(Out of 56 collectors)