A private lunch (Restaurant Het Veerhuys, Almere, NL): A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 12 months on oak, 5 years on the lees. Translucent medium white gold with a green tinge; impressive nose, red apple, flowers, citrus, spices, some reduction; good intensity of fruit on the palate with some bitters from the wood, fresh and mineral core; complete finish, good length. More stylish than most from the Côte des Bar.
Pale golden color; fine bead, slightly rounded nose with some brioche, slight yeasty, nose fades quite quickly; palate has nice medium-full body, refreshing bubbles, a lime tartness, fairly good acidity at first, midpalate fades out very quickly, palate thins out and loses density; finish ends kind of watery. A decent champagne as an aperitif, but not one I would seek out again especially at $40. Drink now. 85-87
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(NV Veuve A. Devaux Champagne D de Devaux La Cuvée) From magnum - light straw yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; yeasty, tart apple, chalk nose; tight yet, tart apple, chalk, lightly yeasty, mineral, lightly saline palate; medium-plus finish (50/50 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay) 90+ points
(NV Veuve A. Devaux Champagne D de Devaux La Cuvée) Light yellow with steady streams of very tiny bubbles; focused, lightly toasty, yeasty, tart peach, ripe apple nose; tasty, lightly toasty, tart apple, tart pear palate with poise; medium-plus finish 91+ points (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay)
(NV Devaux 'D de Devaux' La Cuvée 'D de Devaux') This includes 30% reserve wines, stored in oak, the rest being from the 2002 vintage. The nose carries notes of honey, crystalline fruit and yellow peach. The palate is creamy but defined, stylish, with white and yellow peach with a rich, honey-caramel edge. Fresh, and with good length.