This ubiquitous Champagne seems to be everywhere and sometimes, that means it can be easy to look past it (for wine geeks anyway). It is quite good. This is actually a special bottling to celebrate their 150th anniversary of their founding in 1869. It is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (30% to 40%) and the rest Chardonnay. Golden in color with a bit of copper. The nose is nice with toast, apple and slight ginger. On the palate, this has nice full carbonation. Good acidity. Slight tannins. Pears and apples. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should cont
This is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is 50% from 2013, and 50% from 2014 and 2015. It was disgorged on 12/2017. Silvery gold in color. The nose is interesting with toast, pear, slight dried floral notes but also this interesting chocolate quality. It took some time to open on the palate and continued to improve all evening. Notes of pears with good acidity. A slightly oily texture. A bit clipped initially on the finish, that worked itself out with air. This needs some time to develop. It certainly should improve with a couple of years of good cellaring. Then, it
Golden in color, slightly copper. On the nose this has a bit of toast, slight ginger, and a bit of straw/yeast. On the palate, there is some citrus. Some strawberries. Just a touch of residual sugar. This seems to be showing some age and probably should be consumed in the next couple of years. It will work well with medium or lighter foods, especially sea foods.
Great label with lots of info. The base wine for this NV wine is 2013. it is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This bottle was disgorged on 04/2018. It is also a really good wine. Medium gold in color. The nose has apples, honey, and slight ginger and minerals. On the palate, this has a nice backbone of acidity. Tart apple fruit. Lots of depth and complexity. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should for at least the next five to seven years. It will work with just about any food.
This wine (or at least this bottle) seems to be a bit better than a prior bottle which is saying a lot. It mostly the difficult 2011 vintage but includes almost two hundred different wines going back to the 1995 vintage. Forty-two percent of the cuvée is made up of Reserve wines. The final blend is 47 % Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier.
This is a blend of 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier. This is drinking very nicely. Light golden in color. The nose has red apples, brioche and slight toast. On the palate, this is easy, crisp and very enjoyable. The apples come thru with an underlying minerality. Good acidity. Nice finish. This should be consumed in the next few years. It is quite food friendly and will go with almost any food.
Very nice showing for this wine. Deep salmon pink with some orange swirls in color. The nose has strawberries, some active yeast aromas, and a bot of cherries. A nice mousse with small bubbles. On the palate, this has nice cherries with some orange and an interesting milk chocolate note. This has a nice complexity. Good acidity. Drinking well now; it has a nice verve and freshness that won't last. It probably should be consumed in the next coup,e of years. This went well with crackers and olives but would really go with just about anything.
Opened for my birthday dinner. This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It has a deep amber color although clear and bright. A good amount of small-ish bubbles. On the nose this has some strawberries, slight hay, dried floral notes and a slightly nutty quality. On the palate, the strawberries come thru with some light cherries. There is a touch of oxidation here. Nice acidity. It worked better with a bit of food. This is probably not a long term ager and should be drink in the next few years. Wen well with some Shihito peppers.
Of course, 100% Chardonnay. Another great showing from this bottle. Really firing on all levels with just a bit of air. Light green/gold in color, clear and bright. A lot of very small bubbles. On the nose, this has smoke and lemons. With air, a bit of chalkiness comes out. On the palate, this has a nice bite of acidity. It is, however, full bodied and round with no sharp edges. The lemons carry thru along with a bit of yeast. This is starting to show some age on it although it easily has another ten and probably twenty years at peak. It will go with almost any food. One of the
The Krug MV is always a stellar wine but this edition is based on 2011 which was a very difficult vintage. It also includes almost two hundred different wines going back to the 1995 vintage. Forty-two percent of the cuvée is made up of Reserve wines. This wine is stellar. It has 47 % Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier. Light pale gold in color. Lots of tiny bubbles. The nose has lemons, brioche and slight smoke. On the palate, those flavors come thru. It takes a bit of time to open though. Good acidity. With air some green apples come out. Lots of energy here but