light golden, luscious nose with yellow apples and tropical fruits, good mouth-filling mousse, lots of fruit on the palate with notes of blueberry. Not the perfect plain aperitif but very good accompanying something to eat.
This opened up a little tight but developed over time, gradually showing layers of fruit and mineral, especially on the finish. Very well balanced, this went down quickly, while still managing to pull you in to think about it. My favorite aspect of this wine was the complexity and length of the finish.
Me - 90, Wife - 92. This was not a leesy style, which I prefer, but the golden color and vibrant flavors swayed my wife.
Very tasty bubbly. Nice nose of fresh bread, crushed oyster shell, sea breeze, and hints of pear and strawberry. The palate has fresh strawberry with saline hints and underlying minerality. Overall this is very good Champagne for the price.
2nd time I have had this but with different disgorgements (this was 4/12). Opened by Allred. Really like this grower producer. Probably the best producer in the Aube. This is one of his 3 basic brut champagnes and is usually a blend of 3 vintages. 100% Pinot Noir. Notes of toast, yeast, nectarine and bing cherry. Moderate bead with some tartness on the finish. 90 points.
Yellow color with aromas of dough, apple and clay adding hints of ginger and pear. Fine bead with good acidity and flavors of citrus, cherry and stone. Paired nicely with shredded Berkshire pork shoulder gỏi cuốn.
Drank next to a Blanc de blanc from 2000 with two of the starters on the new years eve dinner. The starters we had with the Champagne were: 1. Fried Scallops served with collard, roasted onions and a sauce of lemon butter. 2. Gratinated lobster (mushrooms and sweet sherry sauce)
The subtle color from the Pinot noir grape was visuable when compared with the Blanc de blanc. The nose was not as strong as the Blanc de blanc, but it had a long after taste on the tounge. It was also a bit sweet on the tounge which was very good together with the gratinated lobster.
Nice bargain which will mature with a few more years in the cellar!
The bubbles are tiny, numerous, and slow moving and the color is deep gold. The smells are of Pinot Noir, almonds, fresh biscuit, and honey. The tastes are strawberry, honey, clove, stony minerality, butterscotch, orange zest, almond, and toasty notes. The finish is both zesty and foamy and sails on in a lengthy finish. Nice and complex bubbly.
A&F's Post-Confinement Party (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): This was such a yummy NV. Blanc des Noirs, and you could tell it too, from the deep nose where ripe lemony scents and sweet apple aromas were wed to masculine notes of earth, smoke, spice and yeast, to the the powerful, fleshy palate with its savoury inflections of chicken essence and white meat swimming alongside big, ripe flavours of sweet apples, berries and cherries. Maybe a bit lacking in finesse, a bit short of precision, but boy this was so yummy and friendly that it was easily forgiven. A stream of rather less-than-fine bubbles carried the wine into a nicely balanced finish where fuzzy pear flavours and a slightly honeyed sweetness mingled. This bottle seems to have a bit of age on it and was drinking very nicely. While not perfect, I really enjoyed it.
This is the real thing. 100% Pinot Noir, it is rich and concentrated, and just keeps sending flavors across the palate. The color is golden honey. The nose is creamy, yeasty, citrus, earth, minerals, and nuts. Healthy and strong upon entry. Great little super active bubbles. All kinds of red fruit, especially cherry, but also some lighter colored fruits, especially apricot and orange rind, with lemon and other citrus. Some of those non fruit, supporting flavors like nutmeg, caramel, brown spice. There are layers that produce different flavors as this wine crosses the palate. This one is not especially crisp, but more bodied, and lingering.
Polar opposite to the 02 Agrapart BDB served alongside it (which was the idea!). Slightly darker colour. Rich nose and overtly showy palate of darker, bruised apples. Very earthy. 6 to 2 in favour of this over the BDB.
Some pear and straw on the nose. Crystal clear and nice yellow / straw color. Predominantly strawberry yielding to yeast, some sweet baked bread. Sweet, smooth, really tasty. Tasted after open an hour and a half, and the fruit has faded and the yeasty baked bread taste has really come to the forefront. But almost tastes like a well-aged, yeasty rose. Really like it.
I brought this over to a friend's house to celebrate receiving her Masters, and all three of us who shared the bottle really enjoyed it. Immediately on the cork pop even before pouring we could smell the heady aroma of red berries and bread dough- definitely a festive nose. The yeast came through rather strongly on this throughout, but beyond that constant we got something slightly different every time we took a sip. Definitely complex stuff, but fun to drink, too. The most interesting thing was that we weren't having anything to eat with it, but it seemed to shift between being completely dry and having a perceived bit of honeyed sweetness and apricot notes coming in then the acidity would shine through and then the bread again with an edge of citrus pith. I don't have a vast amount of experience with Champagne, but this really made an impression on me. The only things I found a little disappointing were the bubbles themselves, which were rather coarse and then didn't stick around very well. Disgorged 2010- I'd like to wait for a few years on the second bottle I have, but my other friend who was there is graduating in May and wants me to pop it then, so I guess I'll just have to pick up some more.
Quite a deep golden colour. Intense mousse and still plenty of acidity through to a dry finish. Slightly autolytic nose with honey, marmalade, brioche and hints of spicy Christmas cake on the palate. Very nice and superb qpr.
Nice NV Blanc de Noirs that went quite well with seafood appetizers. I like the red fruit twist that it has due to the fact that it is a Blanc de Noirs. Nice medium+ finish. Overall, great value and very enjoyable.
very rich style. nose of flowers, honey, and cherries. in the mouth full bodied and rich. You cant help but stop and take note when it hits the palate. Good complexity. Very different in style from a blanc de blanc.
Hmm, really nice wine, rich and round with great mouthfeel and lots of flavors. Not incredibly complex but this is a favorite of mine in the under $50 category. Touch low in acid for me but that's a quibble - it drinks well and has very nice BdN typicity.
For me, this lacked personality and complexity. No real "pop" to it. Update: Much, much better after significant time in the glass. This becomes honeyed, rich, etc. A very different and much better wine....90-91 points. Note to self...put the remaining bottles away for a few years.
I love this BdN. Very rich and dry; the pefect pairing with Paella. Pinot fruit, a little yeasty bread, perfect mousse. I like a food-friendly sparkler with red-fruit flavors, ample acidic cut and fizz, and just a little doughy spice from aging on the lees. For me, this is the perfect NV BdN. An added thanks to JJ Buckley for the awesome pricing!
I like my bubbly brut, but, whoa. This was screechingly dry, with nothing to redeem it, and not at all how I remembered it. Where's the body? Where's that toasty bread? What happened? Perhaps this was due to bottle variation, but this wasn't showing well, at all.
Purchased a half bottle from the wine list at Niche Restaurant to sip before dinner. Pale golden color. Aromas of toast, grapefruit, citrus, yeast and a strawberry & floral note. Nice texture, with flavors of dough, citrus and almond. 90-91.
Surprisingly golden colour with very fine bubbles. Rich nutty flavour that builds with air. This is champagne with a kick - it has weight and some power. Everything is as I like it except for a dry note on the aftertaste, but this seems to go after some time. vg
Disgorged 9/02. A very flavor packed Champagne. This sings out with biscuits, nuts, and orange led citrus. Not for the light Champagne lovers. This has got swagger and mathces excellent with food. A great bottle for the price.
This is solid champagne with a rustic style. It tastes rather like Pinot with bubbles. This champagne could be improved by a reduction in the size and strength of the mousse. Otherwise it is quite a nice Champagne. A decent value under $35 pb.