International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(made from mostly grand cru chardonnay grown in Oger, Melsnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Avize and some from premier cru Vertus; L138210-3002126): Vivid gold. Heady aromas of candied citrus fruits, flowers, truffle, gingerbread and iodine, with an intensely smoky overtone. Deep, pungent and palate-staining, with the orchard and pit fruit flavors reaching every corner of the palate and showing impressive power without any excess weight. Even more extroverted than last year's release, finishing with excellent cling and lingering smokiness.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95A mouthwatering Champagne, refined and satiny in texture, with a citrusy overtone to the flavors of apricot preserves, toasted hazelnut and brioche, crystallized honey and fleur de sel. Presents a lasting, smoke- and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2025. From France.Author: Alison Napjus
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years.Author: Stephan Reinhardt
Self | Rating: 96Best Champagne I have ever tasted. Crisp with wonderful finish. Absolutely breathtaking!Drink Dates: 2012Author: Richard N1962
Self | Rating: 93Delicious, elegant Champagne. Yeasty with notes of bread, brioche, ginger and Christmas spices. Very refined bubbles. Wish I had more.Drink Dates: 2009-2011Author: StuTarheel
Self | Rating: 94Excellent champagne, balanced, opulent, but not as great as it is written about in WFW's latest issue where it was number one in a vintage champagne tasting.Author: Ilya S
Self | Rating: 92I thought that this was going to be over the hill but it had marvellous toasty bread notes and a fine mousse.Author: Dnadoc00
Self | Rating: 94Pale yellow color with a very fine bead. Nose of some citrus and yeast. Still very bright and lively on the palate. Very fresh wine belies its 17 years! A very elegant but powerful champagne! Excellent!Drink Dates: 2012-2020Author: Todd W59
Self | Rating: 92Straw colour. Nose toasty. Palate crisp citrus, acidic toast fine mousse bubbles. Long good balanceDrink Dates: 2000-2020Author: docwine
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
- 660 bottles owned
- 99 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 99 collectors)