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N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
1/15/2023 - tylightner@yahoo.com wrote:
93 points
Unbelievable for a NV Champagne. I was really impressed with Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose before... So I had to get a few bottles. Decadent and irresistible. Salmon pink hue. Ultra crisp and full of red fruit flavor, tangy and stony finish. This or Laurent Perrier Cuvee Brut Rose is the king of NV Rose Champagne in my opinion as of now.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/17/23, 8:19 PM - Hard to pick a winner between those two. Different in style, but both so good! I've thought about it for years!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
6/6/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
92 points
Light gold color. Drank a couple glasses over an hour plus. L533. This had about 5 years of cellar time. Always a crowd pleaser, we had this with my family here while Scott was in town. This was very fresh, pear, sweet pastry cream, tart apple, sleek minerality, very elegant; beautifully proportioned and balanced.
  • 2020 commented:

    6/12/22, 8:53 PM - My second of this wine, this time with 2.5 years of age on it. I wasn’t feeling it the first time, but this go around is really nice. Less angular and sharp and more cohesive and balanced. Really good this time. … How far can it age? I see you liked it at 5 years!

  • 2020 commented:

    7/28/22, 5:30 PM - Regardless of what Hebrart makes, it seems to consistently impress, especially at the price point. I can't think of a house that nails all three or four bottlings they make, which makes me excited for his Special Clubs I am sitting on :) ... Cheers!

Rosé
2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Grenache Blend, Grenache
3/30/2022 - rocknroller wrote:
flawed
Spain and Italy at Estelle (Estelle, St. Paul, MN): Corked. Trying to remember if I've ever had a corked rose before, don't think so.
  • 2020 commented:

    4/17/22, 5:35 AM - Bummer on the corked bottle. Not easy to find these. … Question on a pairing, as I plan to try my first tonight. Will this wine hold up against a rack of lamb that has been grilled? Thx Kevin.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
2/14/2022 - lightning wrote:
92 points
Probably a recent disgorgement, stupid Billecart Salmon doesn't disclose this information.

A rose champagne that is exquisitely balanced, nary a hair out of place. Red fruits, notes of tofu, shiitake mushrooms and autolysis notes. Finessed palate, fine mousse, fine acid spine, and the dosage just right.
  • 2020 commented:

    3/14/22, 6:43 PM - I agree 100%. To not put a disgorgement date on a bottle that retails for almost $100 is pretty annoying.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Henriet-Bazin Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
1/1/2022 - rocknroller wrote:
91 points
New Years Day: Vrai Champagne, Fifth Annual Edition (Brad & Marcia's Place, St. Paul, MN): Medium sockeye salmon color. Tasting pour. Never had this producer. Deeper salmon color, nice red cherry, spicebox and dried roses, clean, deeper.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/16/22, 11:50 AM - So would you buy it or pass? Did the producer get on your to-buy list?

  • 2020 commented:

    1/18/22, 8:18 PM - Thomas Liquor has mags of it, but that's a big commitment for something I've never tasted. Any idea if your bottle was a local buy?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
12/24/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
92 points
Very pale Coho salmon color. Drank a couple glasses over 4 hours. Can't say I really like the new label on these, the old one was classier. Damn marketing weasels always looking to justify their existence. Old isn't bad, and new isn't necessarily better. Anyway, what really counts has not changed, and that's what's in the bottle. In this case a magnum, disgorged 10/15/20 and made up of 55% Chardonnay, 38.5% pinot noir and 6.5% Mareuil rouge and Extra Brut in dosage. Strawberry nose with hints of other red berries, rose water and sea breezes with chalky minerality, The palate is mineral driven with the refined chalk standing out, though not in such as away as to overwhelm the delicate red fruits of strawberry and cherry, yeastiness and dry stones. This is always a classy drink.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/15/22, 8:13 AM - Lol. Hebrart is probably my favorite winemaker and I STARE at the new label thinking “wtf. Why?” … ugh

White - Sparkling
2012 Bernard Brémont Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
11/25/2021 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
Tastes of apple and citrus. Amber color with fewer bubbles than most Champagne. Nice but not worth the price.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/15/22, 8:05 AM - Have you had any other vintages of this from the house? I’m wondering if age does them justice!? I had the 13’ over the holiday and it was elegant. I was thinking it would have more “power”.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
12/27/2021 - WetRock wrote:
Very expressive and effusive already. Remarkable given this is already here with a base 2018 vintage in it(07/20 disgorgement). Plenty of color with those peach and salmon tones giving dimension to the golden hue. Immediate big stone fruits on the nose of nectarine, peach and apricot with a strawberry background. Hints of yeastiness. Bright palate of sort of an orchard fruit cocktail. Lingering an sticky on the palate. Not quite the acidic precision to clean it up but the way this invite you probably won't care. This is very tasty and all up in your biz. The bigger dosage of 7g/L might want for aging but as open as this is I'm not sure I'd lay this down. There isn't a lot of density either. My biggest fear is that the expressiveness would fade out with more bottle time. It was like this over two nights. Delicious.
One note, the VV bottling of the Brut Reserve should be merged with this. The winery makes no distinctions between the bottlings. It appears to be a recent addition on the label. Mine has it the same as many of the pics on this listing do.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/1/22, 9:20 AM - I've been waiting for this wine to roll out with the 2018 base in it, so thank you for the TN. ... From the press, it sounds like the 18' harvest was an impressive crop for Champagne. If you've had Bereche previous base vintages, is this one superior?

  • 2020 commented:

    1/2/22, 7:45 AM - Well happy drinking and Happy New Year!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
12/25/2021 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
96 points
Better out of magnum. More bubbles. Strawberry. Delcious. A classic
  • 2020 commented:

    12/29/21, 7:47 AM - The TN I’ve been waiting for! How much better is it out of mag versus 750? Is it just the bubbles content, or all around experience is better?

White
2018 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte Sauvignon Blanc
11/3/2021 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
17 months after the prior, and our fourth: Hmmm, this showed as a bit hot. Still has northern Rhône-like oiliness. Good acidity. A touch of bitter stone fruit. Enjoyable enough over three nights. We will try to remember to put aside the remaining bottles for a couple years. PS: But see my comment of December 2021 — I’ve realized late that this was a wine made by cousin Pascal, not by cousin François!
  • 2020 commented:

    11/13/21, 7:58 AM - Hi. When you say “shows a bit hot”, you are referring to the smell of alcohol on the nose?

  • 2020 commented:

    11/14/21, 6:37 AM - Got it. Thanks for the clarification. Still learning.

  • 2020 commented:

    12/15/21, 9:52 AM - Jake, well regardless, your description is spot on for the F Cotat bottle. I have a couple cases of his rose and that alcohol on the nose and throat is heavily pronounced. My oldest bottle is the 18’ and it’s definitely out of balance and not ready. My guess is at about 5 years from vintage where I start to think about these as maybe being ready. They have a slight tobacco aroma to me, and I love the complexity of them, but I think they need a good slumber!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
11/27/2021 - nphase Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely better out of mag
  • 2020 commented:

    12/5/21, 5:21 AM - I’ve been waiting to see a comment regarding this wine in magnum versus 750. Can you elaborate on the differences? Is it fresher and do you think they will age well?

Rosé - Sparkling
2012 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
8/31/2020 - aquacongas wrote:
92 points
not blind
Very accessible and easy drinking. Very balanced maybe a touch too "sweet". A good structure and length. I would prefer 2013 at the Moment 92
  • 2020 commented:

    9/3/20, 10:10 PM - Thanks for the TN. I have some of these and am curious where they are at.

    Which between the 12' and 13' of this wine do you think will age longer? Which is the better wine in the end? Thx!

  • 2020 commented:

    9/5/20, 7:01 PM - Okay. ... These age well don’t they for a Rose?

  • 2020 commented:

    11/29/21, 10:53 PM - @RolfT, no kidding. Wow, that’s impressive. Do you attribute it to high quality fruit or is it the wine making? How many years do you think it will go for then?

Rosé - Sparkling
2011 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
12/31/2019 - chablis28 wrote:
91 points
Honestly, I prefer the Roederer Brut Anderson Valley. If for no other reason, sure value. For $25 vs $60 I can suffer through the CA version :). This does have more finesse and is more the ballerina to the CA version's more overt flavors and body. I'd think more highly of this if wasn't double the cost of my "go to" Roederer Anderson Valley. Fun to check in on one of these with salmon tonight though.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/27/20, 10:05 PM - Do you have any of the 2012 in your cellar?

  • 2020 commented:

    1/28/20, 3:27 PM - My thoughts on this wine are that it's only maybe worth it's tariff and a good value if it's a good vintage year. I think they maybe make it in years they shouldn't, and makes it a bit inconsistent. That's only a hunch, as I haven't tried one of mine yet.

  • 2020 commented:

    3/28/20, 6:43 PM - Which wine were you gentlemen sipping on the the LR Champ or the LR A Valley?

  • 2020 commented:

    3/29/20, 6:18 AM - Noted. Thanks!

    You prefer the AV rose over the AV Brut?

  • 2020 commented:

    3/29/20, 6:58 PM - I will have to give them a try soon. I will start with the rose as fun may be needed soon to alleviate the boredom.

    Both would be amazing places to visit. I hope you get there.

    I love Roederer pushing the limits with organic and biodynamic farming in Champagne. I'm excited to try one of these AV products to see how the geography/technique stacks up against each other.

  • 2020 commented:

    11/22/21, 1:12 PM - Craig, any experience with aging the Roederer AV brut? I like your idea and suggestion of these for the holidays. I learned the hard way last year and brought good bottles last year! You are 100% right.

  • 2020 commented:

    11/22/21, 7:46 PM - Makes sense all the way around. Roederer is such a skilled house and to be doing it on two different continents is impressive. They really are quite the value. Thank you for the information and Happy Holidays to you too!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut Pinot Noir
11/5/2021 - MaisonBistro wrote:
Berry fruit, stone fruit, yeast, oak on the mid palate, tart finish. A favorite of the proprietors here at Maison.
  • 2020 commented:

    11/12/21, 7:55 PM - There is no oak used on this wine. The house ferments 100% in stainless steel. In fact, they were the first house to transition from barrels into stainless. I believe it was in the 60’s! Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
9/29/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
95 points
Patio Dining at Tilia on a Warm Fall Evening (Tilia, Mpls): Light gold color. Drank a glass over 45 minutes. I never tire of the blissful elegance of this wine. Wonderfully toasted, citrus, pear, nutmeg, almond, Seamless as usual.
  • 2020 commented:

    10/17/21, 7:34 AM - I’m waiting on these until I drink more Champagne and can better appreciate them. Is the CT drink window solid on these? Will they last until 2034?

  • 2020 commented:

    10/19/21, 7:23 PM - I’m sitting on 9 with no plan. I’ve only had one bottle of Taittinger, which was the NV Brut with probably 5 years of age on it. That bottle was fantastic, so I figured Comtes must be unreal and went long. At the time, it was undervalued too ($125) compared to other Tete bottles.

    I like your idea of trying it up against something else at that level too. That would be a good learning experience. Same vintage or not necessarily?

  • 2020 commented:

    10/20/21, 7:14 PM - Got it. I appreciate the info and cheers!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
10/1/2021 - Collector1855 wrote:
94 points
First time I am having this producer and I liked it a lot. Yellow with a pinkish hue pointing towards a Pinto driver wine (Label says equal blend of Chard/Pinot/Meunier). Right of the bat, expressive and beautiful nose of raspberry, cooked apples, bakery spices. Succulent mid-mouth palate, finishes pleasantly dry. 2020 Disgorgement bottle. Great QPR 94+
  • 2020 commented:

    10/5/21, 7:31 PM - Was it a recent disgorgement or a bottle laid down for awhile?

  • 2020 commented:

    10/7/21, 7:29 PM - I, and I’m sure the community, appreciate that.

    I’ve only had this once, but it was a nice wine. I drank it too young as it had the 16’ base in it (of which I’m not a fan) and I was curious on the style. From what I hear, these are rocking at 10 years and age really well.

    I’m waiting for the 2018 base rendition of this wine. From what I’ve read, the 2018 Champagne harvest was a sight to behold. If it shapes up, it’s a wine to go long on especially at its price (atleast in the US). You might have had an 18’ base!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
9/18/2021 - Sean Tay wrote:
91 points
Medium nose intensity with notes of lemon, apple, grapefruit, toast and mineral. Medium mousse and medium+ acidity. Drank from magnum.
  • 2020 commented:

    10/3/21, 3:11 PM - Do you find much difference in the wine between the size formats (750 vs 1.5L) with this wine?

White - Sparkling
1999 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
8/28/2021 - Jeongyahn wrote:
flawed
sadly... TCA
  • 2020 commented:

    9/2/21, 8:12 PM - 😞

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
8/9/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Light salmon color. Split bottle over 3 hours. This was another splendid bottle. The nose bursts with yeast and earth with bread dough, chalk, strawberry, damp ocean air and nascent citrus. The palate is is particularly elegant and filled with chalk, brioche, delicate red berries, on a lacy medium bodied frame.
  • 2020 commented:

    9/2/21, 8:03 PM - Boy I got a good one of these last month. It had base from 2012 and sure was nice. It was ready and willing to overtake LP. It lost a bit of its effervescence but it sure was elegant!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
7/30/2021 - Vandelaar Likes this wine:
91 points
L533. I read in a post below that's around 5 years of aging. That can be right, some development is noticeable.

Very fine dense mouse that coats the mouth. sappy pears, ripe apples, a nutty note and a mineral impression on the finish. I can find myself in the notion of pastry cream / donut glazing but without being overly sweet.

This is my first bottle from MH and for 25 euros a true banger!
  • 2020 commented:

    8/31/21, 7:07 AM - Hebrart is such an underrated winemaker and one of the most talented in all of Champagne. I am a huge fan of his wines and am eagerly waiting to try his Special Clubs.

    You would like his Rose if you liked this wine. It’s the same wine but with about 5% red dropped in.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
7/7/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
92 points
BurgFest at The Kenwood (The Kenwood, Mpls, MN): Pale gold color. Drank a glass over 40 minutes. Same bottle as Chablis28. I do love these too. I love the style, fresh, balanced and refined. Nice pear fruit, clean and bright with pristine limestone mineral notes and crisp acidity.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/10/21, 8:36 PM - I’m with you on these. Such a nice bottle for the price. Do you think there’s a NV grower bottle that beats these?

  • 2020 commented:

    8/28/21, 4:03 PM - I grabbed a magnum of this and it’s a 2020 disgorgement. When would you advise to drink it window wise? No experience yet the the magnum format and aging. Thx.

  • 2020 commented:

    8/28/21, 10:34 PM - Sounds a bit how the 750s go more or less, which makes sense due to the older reserve wines in the blend. Different story then on vintage mags? Thx!

  • 2020 commented:

    8/29/21, 10:00 AM - Got it. As always, I appreciate the knowledge!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
8/25/2021 - WEB,III Likes this wine:
88 points
Short finish. Overhyped.
  • 2020 commented:

    8/28/21, 3:57 PM - Recent disgorgement or cellared?

  • 2020 commented:

    8/28/21, 10:39 PM - I see you work for Skurnik. What do you favor over this? I’m a huge fan of Hebrart.

White - Sparkling
2013 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club Champagne Blend
7/17/2021 - drrobvino wrote:
94 points
1st of 5 bottles, DG 04/2018.
The blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.
First, let me say: I. Love. Hebrart.
In most all iterations, the house style is up my alley, every single time.
This 2013 Special Club is no exception, showing off a generous mousse upon pouring, with lovely aromas of patisserie, citrus zest, and chalky soil.
The flavors are enveloping, intoxifying, and magnificent. Lemon/lime candies, pastry crust, warm bread, salt and chalk.
Magnificently long and satiating finish, goes on and on. Drink now through 2028+. Wow.
  • 2020 commented:

    8/27/21, 8:08 PM - I’m with you 100% on Hebrart. Most underrated wine maker in Champagne. Everything he touches is great. I often find my self wondering what he could accomplish with the resources the large house have. Even so, I think he’s in the top 3 in Champagne.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
7/24/2021 - Rich S Likes this wine:
92 points
From magnum. Fantastic as always. Strawberries and cream with a light mousse and nice refreshing acidity. Always a treat.
  • 2020 commented:

    8/16/21, 7:18 AM - I have yet to try this out of magnum, so I must ask, do you find it to be better wine than what you find in the 750 or just double the quantity? Also, do you age the mags? Thx!

  • 2020 commented:

    8/17/21, 7:56 PM - Well good to know. I’ve had similar experiences on the 750s. The 375 splits I’ve bought were not good. So maybe the bigger you go with B.S., the more consistent they get! Thanks!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
7/16/2021 - rossi.wine wrote:
91 points
Mainly 2017, disgorged in Jun 2020, 5gr/l dosage. Really tight and not very expressive on the nose, showing notes of crushed stones, white currant, citrus fruit, hints of yeasty notes, flowers. On the palate fresh and vibrant, not overly generous, but well balanced. Very mineral and persistent finish. Needs time. Very good QPR. 90-91+
  • 2020 commented:

    8/14/21, 9:28 AM - This was my experience spot on. I bought 6 and was not quite sure about these. It just needs time? How long would you say?

White
2018 Lingua Franca Chardonnay AVNI Dundee Hills
3/17/2021 - OnWisconsin Likes this wine:
90 points
Lemon zest, lemon curd, and a slight oak influence.

Medium acid with a long, intense finish.

Given the Wine Enthusiast accolades, I was curious about the hype. It’s lemony and refreshing, but doesn’t deliver much beyond that.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/23/21, 6:40 AM - @oldwines… how much time would you recommend if you were going to just pull a cork and go the “slow-ox” route on a counter? I am going to gift one for a bday present. Thx!

  • 2020 commented:

    7/23/21, 8:01 PM - Well, what if it was just poured into a pitcher and then back into the wine bottle?

    I’m gifting it to a family member and they aren’t going to have a decanter. I’m trying to get them into better quality wines and they only have glassware. I read your post about this wine needing air and I want them to enjoy it in it’s best possible showing. Thx!

  • 2020 commented:

    7/24/21, 1:35 PM - Awesome, thank you. Your knowledge is appreciated ;)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
6/19/2021 - Burgundy Al wrote:
88 points
The Roots Fund Charity Grand Cru Dinner (House of Nanda - Chicago IL): From 3L. Fun as always, this was subtlety floral with lots of berry character and good weight and good enough textures.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/24/21, 7:50 AM - @Burgundy Al, do you find any differences in quality in the NV Brut 750 versus 1.5L size? I’ve been reading about large format Champagne but have not had any. Thx.

White - Sparkling
2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
9/29/2015 - EirikM wrote:
93 points
Consumed under less than ideal tasting conditions and many years too soon. Opened due to a combination of an occasion and curiosity. Reductive and tight as expected, but after some time in the glas it presented itself with a pretty and quite Burgundian nose. Quite rich, but with good tension and power reserves. Good length on a fine, balanced finish. This will be good, but it deserves cellar time of course.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/10/21, 8:45 PM - Thanks for the sacrifice. How long do you think? Thx!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
6/6/2021 - 10xM wrote:
89 points
Not a rebuy. Better wines to purchase. Not a bad wine. Just doesnt intrigue me enough for rebuy.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/10/21, 8:14 PM - I find this wine highly variable and chalk it up to its base vintage (which they don’t print). In a warm base year vintage, it’s better. My first two were fantastic, last two about the same as your experience/perspective (@10XM).

    Others that come to mind to try …

    Marc Hebrart Rose, (Chardonnay based & benefits from time to soften and integrate). $60 retail but Envoyer runs a sale on it for like $40 I think.

    Paul Bara Rose, $65 by me and have heard great things but yet to try. A bit more red added (10%+) and it’s Bouzy Pinot fruit.

    Charles Heidsieck Rose, around $60, on sale $50. It’s done in 100% stainless steel with only 20% reserve wines, so base year is key on this one.

    Laurent Perrier Rose, 100% Pinot and 5 years on the lees. I’ve heard people age this for 10/20 years and it only gets better.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
7/7/2021 - Lord Rodney wrote:
90 points
Wonderful fresh style here with some cask as well. Just disgorged in March and it did suffer a little because of that. A year will do it very good
  • 2020 commented:

    7/10/21, 7:42 PM - I just popped a cork on one of these with a December 2019 disgorgement. So not ready, and easily “years” to go. Zero nose on it too.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut Pinot Noir
6/5/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Pale Atlantic Salmon color. Drank a couple glasses over an hour plus. So it is certaqinly striking going from the Piper-H Sauvage Rose to the L-P. Simple and klunky, transitioning to pretty much the ultimate in N/V elegance. There you go, elegant, fine bubbles and mousse, sea brreezes, strawberry chiffon, tarragon, floral. The palate is finessed, expansive, strawberry chantilly cream, raspberry, tangy, hints of white pepper, delicate minerality, long and refreshing. 93+pts.
  • 2020 commented:

    6/30/21, 8:30 AM - So the annual question persists, does it still beat the B.S. Rose!?

  • 2020 commented:

    7/3/21, 9:02 PM - I see why you like these. I tried my first tonight. I believe it’s 2012 base. It’s quite nice!

    The residual aromas in the glass are quite frangrant once the wine is consumed from the glass and it’s sitting on the table, even more so than with wine in the glass. Does that indicate something?

    Happy Independence Day!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut Pinot Noir
6/20/2021 - Racer117 Likes this wine:
92 points
I found this more enjoyable than previous bottles. Unsure of disgorgement date. As before, loads of yeast and strawberry notes with the fruit quite ripe.
  • 2020 commented:

    7/3/21, 8:57 PM - FYI, for some odd reason, they stamp the corks and use a code for this wine. The “letter” is first and indicated the “quarter” of the year. The two following “numbers” are the year of disgorgement, but they “invert” them.

    For example, my cork code tonight is B71EX. Meaning, it was disgorged in the second quarter of 2017.

    Way too tricky but hope that helps! Cheers!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
6/26/2021 - kingkanu wrote:
The last of my 2008 base and a great finish, so fresh and I think this is fully mature now
  • 2020 commented:

    6/30/21, 8:19 AM - How many more years do you think the 2008 will shine it’s brightest? I have yet to tap into mine. Thx!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
5/9/2021 - fitzi wrote:
Added a bottle of this to my last Envoyer order to try, based on the general praise here, combined with its reasonable price. Opened it Friday and tasted over two days; no evident flaw.

After high hopes, this bottle was a disappointing surprise. The wine's utter, flavorless, depthless, simple bone-dryness seems to be its only interesting characteristic. I like this quality, generally, when it's paired with some other characteristics, but, by itself, meh. In a still wine, I get more from a good muscadet. In a sparkling wine, I'd prefer a decent Loire or Jura Cremant - Tissot's at least offers spectacular Chardonnay fruit on the second and third days. On the Habert's second day, it was mostly gassed out (unusual, in my experience, for a decent Champagne), and the underlying wine was an insipid nothingburger; I couldn't bring myself to finish the bottle. By contrast, a Champagne like Lallier non-dose is complex and extremely interesting even after the fizz is gone.

I hate to be harsh, but Champagne begs for critical review - more so than other wines. Those who like Hebrart won't be deterred by my opinion, and those who haven't tried it will have the benefit of an alternative point of view.
  • 2020 commented:

    6/6/21, 6:46 PM - While Hebrart is probably my favorite producer at this point, I agree with you 100% on the BdB. He is a master with Pinot, and I stick to that now.

  • 2020 commented:

    6/6/21, 9:04 PM - My favorite is his NV Brut. It’s primarily Pinot, but it’s just so consistent, and an excellent QPR. ... The Rose is like the BdB with 6% red wine added in. I prefer like 10% red wine in my Rose but it’s a good bottle nevertheless.

    He also makes a “selection” bottle that’s a bit harder to find, but that sees 4 years on the lees. I buy that in magnums.

  • 2020 commented:

    6/6/21, 9:58 PM - When I want a grower BdB, I now go with Pierre Peters.

Rosé
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
6/23/2019 - rocknroller wrote:
92 points
Monthly Tasting Group: Rose's on the Patio, or Not (Derek and Diane's, Mpls): This was part of a series of Bandol roses including 2 vintages of Tempier ('16, '17), a '18 Terrebruce and an '18 Pibarnon, all of which were excellent. I'm admittedly a Tempier slut, so sue me, I don't care. Say what you want, these give me the most complexity of pretty much any rose out there. They have amazing noses of ocean breezes and earthiness, lovely red fruit, peach and citrus, with floral overtones. The palate delivers with power with grace along with blissful minerality and length. I very slightly prefer the 16 over the 17 currently for the extra ocean and earth character. 92 to 92+pts
  • 2020 commented:

    3/12/20, 3:41 PM - Do you drink these only young or with age?

  • 2020 commented:

    3/13/20, 8:04 PM - Do you think this is the best rose out there?

  • 2020 commented:

    3/14/20, 7:07 PM - How many years does a Rose like this last before it falls off and begins a decline? 5 years?

  • 2020 commented:

    6/3/21, 7:06 PM - @weezie ... Rocknroller knows far more than I ever will, but I will chime in with my opinion ... sushi or medium rare seared tuna. My .02!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
2/19/2021 - odds Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice but not in line with prior releases of the NV. I think there may have been a slight bottle variation but even with that variation, it was not as impressive release as prior ones when I refer to the NV as a reference 'house' rose. Visuals remain consistent, but shorter finish and not as impressive palate as I recall. Won't reject it, but won't look for it again in this range.

88-89
  • 2020 commented:

    5/30/21, 9:57 PM - You nailed it. 100% describes my last and previous experience with this wine. I just sought out some older mags in hopes to find that “previous” magic of this wine.

Red
2007 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/17/2021 - French Mike wrote:
97 points
Wonderful wine drank over 3 hours with a perfectly grilled ribeye. Orange peel, black currant. Smooth tannins, great backbone.
  • 2020 commented:

    5/13/21, 9:37 PM - Did you decant it or PnP?

  • 2020 commented:

    5/14/21, 7:12 AM - Appreciate it. ... how many more years before the decline begins? I have just one and am holding it but don’t want to wait too long.

  • 2020 commented:

    5/14/21, 10:32 PM - Sounds like a great reason to pull a cork! ... I will find a reason to enjoy it soon then. Thank you very much for the guidance. I’m still trying to learn the drinking windows.

White - Sparkling
2009 Robert Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
3/12/2021 - jvphoto Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium yellow, moderate bubbles. Nose - marzipan, bruised apples, coffee. Palate - a mix of creamy fullness & some citrus zest and apple skin.
  • 2020 commented:

    5/11/21, 7:06 AM - What would you say for a drinking window on this? You don’t see many TN on this one! Thx.

  • 2020 commented:

    5/12/21, 6:57 AM - I appreciate it and look forward to the wine. Thank you and cheers!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier Champagne Blend
2/7/2021 - JayP Likes this wine:
89 points
Not quite at same level as last nights Charles Heidsieck NV but still a very nice NV Champagne. Apparently his bottle had 2010 base vintage and was disgorged in 2014. Last nights Charles had 2012 base vintage which may explain it.
  • 2020 commented:

    5/3/21, 7:07 AM - Do you feel that Roederer NV and Charles NV are the two best NV wines from the big houses group?

  • 2020 commented:

    5/4/21, 8:08 AM - Thanks for the answer. I’ve had Bollinger before and like that a lot too. I agree with you on the prices.

    Is Pol pretty constitent on the NV? I can never tell what is in the bottle/on the shelf. I wish they put disgorgement details like LR or CH.

Rosé - Sparkling
2005 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé Rosé Champagne Blend
4/18/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
A New Beginning (Craig & Nita's Place): Medium salmon color. Drank a glass over 40 minutes. What a lovely Champagne. The nose oozes with brioche, toast; savory and earthy, with red cherry, chalk and subtle citrus and rose water notes. The palate is creamy and autolytic, offering a classy gaceful mouthfeel, savory with ocean brine, chalk, red fruits and citrus. This is penetrating and fresh. Loved it. 93+ to 94pts.
  • 2020 commented:

    4/29/21, 7:57 PM - Kevin, I have just one of these. To get the best out of it, drink up soon, or sit on it for awhile? Thx.

  • 2020 commented:

    4/29/21, 8:48 PM - It's almost that season ;)

    You've got this scored right about what you've got the LP Rose I believe. Based upon the choice of the two, which would you take?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut Pinot Noir
12/28/2020 - thewiz Likes this wine:
91 points
(Disgorged in fall of 2015, base year 2009, 100% Pinot Noir)
Lovely red colour with an endless stream of fine bubbles, this is still feeling very youthful with lots of red berries, fresh dough and minerals in a very pleasant way. Should reward further cellaring to get some more intensity on the finish.
(Probably best with 5-20 years extra cellaring)
  • 2020 commented:

    4/29/21, 5:41 AM - @TheWiz ... How much experience do you have with this LP Rose?

    I’m looking to pickup some, but am curious if this is a wine that does best with age on it? I know it’s done in 100% in stainless and is 85% (~) of vintage base and 15% (~) reserve wine. That technique and ratio makes me think it needs years of cellar age to gain complexity. True or no? Thx.

  • 2020 commented:

    4/29/21, 5:14 PM - Wow. That’s some longevity from a NV bottle. Is that because it’s 100% Grand Cru fruit?

    What current year base are you guys on there? I’m in the US and it’s hard to get any disgorgement info. on these.

White
2018 Le Vendangeur Masqué Chablis Chardonnay
like all things Demoor, delicious
  • 2020 commented:

    3/30/21, 8:25 PM - What do you think for drink windows on this wine? CT doesn’t list any and not finding much out there on this. Thx.

White
2018 Le Vendangeur Masqué Chablis Chardonnay
3/11/2021 - viniferatu wrote:
Wowowowoo! Loving this. Ripe and dense, but classically crisp and saline. Aromas of sweet ripe orange, stone fruits, apple, sea breeze, complex nutty leesy stuff, herbs, white flowers.... Silky and chalky at once, such great texture. Super long for village Chablis, with concentrated fruity, herbal, nutty, spicy layers. So very Chablis despite its ripeness, so very delicious, so very memorable. Awesome stuff. It is open-knit and ready to go, though I could see it getting better for a few years.
  • 2020 commented:

    3/30/21, 8:23 PM - Great note and after reading it I jumped on the 3 they had at the store. I do not have any experience with this wine. What would you say for a drink window? Thx.

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
10/17/2019 - rocknroller wrote:
94 points
Guys Night Out: Bring Something You're Looking Forward To Drinking (Jason P's, St. Paul, MN): Incredibly explosive bead, almond, toffee, citrus, sour dough, apple peel, chalk, lots of racy acidity, very long. This is still tightly coiled and drinking more youthful than many of the other '08 big guns, but even so....94+(+)pts currently with huge upside.
  • 2020 commented:

    3/27/21, 8:17 PM - Kevin, I would like your opinion if possible ...

    I stumbled across two of these in a retail shop tonight. They were on the top shelf with high ceilings, so the warmest part of the store. I’m sure they have been there since release (so like 1 - 1.5 years?). I really wish they were in a case, and given the cost, left empty handed.

    They are in the gift boxes, so no risk of lightstrike. Would you have concerns about the storage temperature though? My intent would be to lay them down.

    Cheers and I hope you are drinking well ;)

Red
2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
11/28/2020 - Kemo Sabe Likes this wine:
92 points
Cant keep my hands off these mags! Consistent notes - very good. Lush, rich and from this format still young. A bit riper in style. So enjoyable.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/4/21, 2:42 PM - How long would one of these in magnum go for? Just starting to read and learn Foillard. Thx.

  • 2020 commented:

    2/22/21, 3:13 PM - I appreciate the note. ... Just pulled a cork on his village wine (17’) to gain some perspective. I have only had one other Cru Bojo so not much to go off. Hopefully I learn something. Cheers!

White
2018 Alice et Olivier De Moor Chablis L'Humeur du Temps Chardonnay
Stay away, so tight
  • 2020 commented:

    2/18/21, 1:51 PM - How many more years?

White
2018 Alice et Olivier De Moor Bourgogne-Aligoté
Definitely approaching GOAT status
  • 2020 commented:

    2/10/21, 8:40 PM - I’d like to know the answer to this too if somebody knows the answer!?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve Chardonnay
12/31/2020 - coremill wrote:
92 points
From magnum, recent purchase. I couldn't find a disgorgement date on the bottle. Superb and the best bottle this wine I've had. All powerful lemon and intense chalk, it tastes like someone dropped a chalkstick in here, in a good way. Sort of like good Chablis with bubbles. Disappeared in a hurry.
  • 2020 commented:

    2/2/21, 10:59 AM - If I remember correctly, the magnums don’t have the disgorgement on them like the 750 bottles do (atleast when I bought my last few 6 months ago)... However, there’s a QR code on the back and if you open the camera, snap a picture of it, it will open a browser and take you to Peter’s website and tell you the year of the vintage wine.

  • 2020 commented:

    2/4/21, 11:31 PM - Oh no worries. I do a lot of reading and just thought I would share. By me the current mags are 2016 and are def one of the best values out there. Cheers!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
1/1/2021 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Champagne & A New Hope (Candie's, Mpls): Because when you just don't want it to end, a half bottle of Billecart-Salmon Rose to the rescue. This was the perfect ending to a great afternoon and evening as the temps slip down into the upper teens on the deck and just as the fire gathered a little steam. Always a lovely bottle, so elegant and clean with lovely red berries and a soft caressing texture. Always a treat.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/5/21, 8:07 PM - A) Happy New Year. B) Did it best LP Rose and move to #1 on your Rose list? C;)

  • 2020 commented:

    1/18/21, 9:34 AM - Have you ever had this out of magnum?

  • 2020 commented:

    1/18/21, 7:25 PM - Gotcha. Appreciate it.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Parcelles Champagne Blend
12/8/2020 - slanum wrote:
(XV: 2015 base, 10/19 dég., 1.8 gr/ltr dosage) This needs to be open for awhile to get going. Once it does the dominant Pinot becomes evident in the form of red fruit aromas. A bit of bakery smells are in there as well. Nothing I'd call spicy. Savory flavors with good acidity and no sweetness I could detect. As reliably fine as ever.
  • 2020 commented:

    1/17/21, 10:05 PM - How much time would you recommend to give it to open up? ... I’m going to try my first from this producer tomorrow. Thx!

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