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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    8/17/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (NV GRAND RESERVE Brut NATURE Penet-Chard) Champagne

    Dear Friends,

    Timing is everything.

    One of my new stars of Champagne and the natural wine movement (the good side of the movement) was set to debut in November when everyone has more of an inkling toward celebration and all things Champagne – that’s now impossible thanks to Lisa Perotti-Brown’s front page article on the Parker site. In other words, Penet-Chardonnet’s time is now.

    For those of you with a subscription to the Parker site, here’s the URL for the full article:

    In a nutshell, Alexandre Penet is one of those “ah-ha” moment winemakers. He only requires a few moments of your time to convince you that grandeur is just around the corner. I feel fortunate (lucky) to have secured the agency before his new-found publicity.

    If you are into the brightest and most natural wines of Champagne, this emerging star of Verzy (and Verzenay) has much to offer with a noticeable and poignant freshness and sense of verve that wraps every wine he produces. You cannot go wrong with any of the choices below - lazy weekend afternoon or the finest occasion. The Diane Claire examples are truly special – they rank as some of the finest new wines to emerge from Champagne since our discovery of Cedric Bouchard when Cedric’s principle goal was the production of small lots of wine to please his inner circle of friends (I think his goals have changed just a bit since then!).

    Penet produces Champagne labeled as “NV” but they are mostly vintage wines, as noted in the reviews. All below are from Grand Cru fruit.

    All are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as unique wines that are rare, slightly precious and very hard to come by:

    NV Champagne Penet-Chardonnet “Grand Reserve Brut Nature” (Grand Cru) -
    (this wine is revered as one of the very top Brut Nature bottlings in Champagne – a brilliant and cutting style – this is not the regular Brut Reserve, that is the wine below)

    NV (2004) Champagne Penet-Chardonnet “Brut Reserve” (Extra Brut/Grand Cru) -
    (classic expression here with a wonderful sense of lift and cut throughout)

    NV (1999) Champagne Penet-Chardonnet “Cuvee Diane Claire” (Grand Cru) -
    (This is one of the rarest examples in Champagne - less than 100 bottles for export – not joking)

    NV (2002) Champagne Penet-Chardonnet “Cuvee Diane Claire” (Grand Cru) -
    (will be just as great as the 1999 Diane with time, probably even better – only a few hundred bottles for export)

    NV (2004) Champagne Penet-Chardonnet Rose (Grand Cru/Extra Brut) -
    (If you are a fan of rosé Champagne, you will be very glad to discover this multi-layered and fascinating wine)

    To order any of the above:

    This parcel is set to depart the cave – it will arrive in late October in plenty of time for the holidays (please check OARS for local pick up after October 20th). All will ship during the Fall shipping season (late).

    Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

    For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact:


    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA

    Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.

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