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| ||Tasted by honest bob on 8/31/2014 & rated 89 points: From 75cl, "diamant" glued-together cork. After 5 duds finally a good bottle, my last. Warm, ripe, yellow-fruited BdN with fine but persistent bubbles and a long, penetratingly acidic finish. As with the 2000, 2003 and 2005 vintages, the bottle variation here is shocking and not acceptable. Don't think I'll be buying this wine again, even though the (roughly 1 in 5) bottles which were in good condition were, irrespective of the vintage, excellent. John Gilman gave this 82P, Tanzer 91P. I can well believe that both ratings were wholly accurate for the tasting samples these gentlemen had in their glasses. This bottle I'd rate 89-90P (415 views)|
| ||Tasted by honest bob on 7/9/2013 & rated 84 points: From 75cl, composite cork. Sweetish, complacent, pinot-dominated crémant. 84P(?) (729 views)|
| ||Tasted by RationalDenial on 4/13/2013: I was a big, big fan of the 2002s. And sure it's a better vintage, but not this much better. This is pretty ordinary stuff. (871 views)|
| ||Tasted by honest bob on 4/13/2013 & rated 86 points: From 75, composite "cork". V. good crémant claiming to be Les Meslaines. Grand Cru quality it ain't. Pity. (85-)86P (775 views)|
| ||Tasted by honest bob on 2/14/2013 & rated 87 points: From 75cl, nasty composite cork. Good simple, pure, monolithic Pinot Noir with a fairly aggressive fizz. The last drop was the best. Perhaps this needs a few more years in the cellar; on this form 87P (809 views)|
| ||Tasted by honest bob on 7/24/2012 & rated 85 points: From 75cl. Composite cork. Oops. This tastes like an very good Crémant de Bourgogne, but not like a vintage Champagne - and definitely not like previous vintages of Les Meslaines. Thin, pretty acidic, sullenly sweet in the mid-palate, short finish, zero resonance. Uncomfortably like many a "1. cru" red Burgundy in terms of scrawny herbaceousness and general lack of interest; without a generous dosage this would be grim. Try again in a year's time(?) (84-)85P (802 views)|
| ||Tasted by honest bob on 9/19/2011 & rated 90 points: Chablis and Champagne 19-22.09.2011; 9/19/2011-9/22/2011: Tasted in haste on a flying visit to stock up at Lamiable. A no-brainer blanc de noirs at only €20,30 au chai: a bit lighter and finer than I remember the 2005 Les Meslaines being at this stage. Fruity, ripe, long, but perhaps a bit purer, more slender and even more elegant. 89-91P (1111 views)|
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
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