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| ||Tasted by Champagneinhand on 2/27/2013: So this was one of the most bizarre experiences with vintage champagne. I popped the bottle and poured a full chard glass in order to let the wine breathe. I forgot about the glass, but returned about 2 hours later. It warmed but the serious green apple/pear was both tart and had good acidity. A touch of toast and yeast, but young, and like nothing I have ever had. It was really hard to believe this was not a Sec champagne. I returned to the cooled and aired bottle, where it was still pretty decent, but flavors just were as bold. The high residual sugar wasn't as noticeable at this temp, but it was pretty bland. I saved some for the next day and it was rather boring. This might be good for aging about 4-5 years so the RS can integrate and the yeast and toast can show a bit more, but a good wine for $40. I gave away the other bottle as a present, and they pouredcreme de cassis in it. Sad. I don't know if I would buy again, but a great alternative to many NV cuvee out there. (1683 views)|
| ||Tasted by eharkins on 1/20/2013 & rated 91 points: Lovely nose of apple and pear brioche with a nice French lemon zest component, similar palate with elegant effervescence and a nice finish (1048 views)|
| ||Tasted by eharkins on 12/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Hit the spot today, nose of lemon, nuts, granny smith apple and hints of yeast, palate the lemon came across slightly more astringent than previous experiences, bubbles still carry the flavor profile to a nice medium length finish - (1069 views)|
| ||Tasted by eharkins on 11/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Really enjoyed this, beautiful nose of citrus and essence of nut oil, elegant effervescence and a light body with decent acidity carried apple, nut and lemon zest components through a very enjoyable finish great value under $40 (1169 views)|
| ||Tasted by eharkins on 11/18/2012 & rated 89 points: Pretty wine, with fine effervescence subtle hints of honey crisp apple and citrus, light body and just shy of a medium finish (1149 views)|
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Champagne BlendThe typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.
There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.
However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.
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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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