2011vintage. Apple and lemon with a touch of yeasty brioche. Slightly better bead with certainly better acid and tension than the standard reserve. I think this could do a bit better with time/air. Dosage: 3-grams per liter.
Small, lively bubbles. Like the Brut Reserve, wonderful texture in this medium bodied wine. More lemon fruit here. Rising, strong acidity on the finish. A bit of caramel. Also very good, although a bit austere.
Yeeeesh. Briney lemon, white and tart underripe yellow orchard fruit. Screeching acidity. I get the point here, but I agree with Brad Baker that some wines need at least some dosage -- and this is one of them. The balance is just out of whack here. This is a naked wine in need of at least a little clothing. High marks for freshness and transparency, for what its worth. Last of my bottles, October 2010 disgorgement, 2007 base.
Domaine Champagne tasting: Citrus in the taste with lime finish. Brioche and minerality is there as well as very high accidity. This didn't live up to my expectations comparing it to the other bubblies in the tasting. Slightly oxidative style.
This has really opened up since last tasted about eight months ago. Baking spice, bright yellow fruit, nutmeg on the nose. On the palate, there is ripe yellow apple and pear and candied ginger. Open for business -- finally. Love it. October 2010 disgorgement.
Degorgement 12/2011. There's an intense chalky/mineral streak running down the middle of this wine giving an overall impression of intense tartness. Good toastiness and bubble size. I think this is an expressive wine that needs to be thougtfully paired to show best. Think chablis profile for your pairing and this wine will serve you well.
Very fresh, fruity style. Good concentration, cut and balance, but little interest. Very fruit centric and ultimately not the least engaging. Perhaps middling terroir, perhaps in need of a bit of age but this also doesn't stack up well at the price, though it has more stuffing than the Chartogne Taillet.
2/3 Ludes 1er Cru Beaux Regards & 1/3 Mareiul le Port, Les Misy. 2006 fruit. 3033 bottles. Disgorged Oct 2009. Very pale straw, touch of green. Good stream of small bubbles. Freshly cut green apple on the nose, similar on attack, sharpening to a lemon sherberty fizz and then minerality on the mid-palate. Feels very tight and young at the moment. Over 24hours this opens up a little, rounding out on the mid-palate and taking on a bit more depth. Feels as if it needs time but could be quite interesting. ***