Category: Reviews

Pertois-Lebrun: Le Fond du Bateau (2010)

100% Chardonnay from lieu-dit “Le Fond du Bateau” in Chouilly Dosage: 1 g/l Light golden color with very small bubbles. Very complex and layered nose of lychee, mangosteen, yuzu, unripe pineapple, the sweet scent of crab, gentian, candied angelika, mirr, coconut, vanilla, licorice and spicy wood overtones. The mouthfeel is structured, dynamic and flavors expand
Rating category: 90-95

Pertois-Lebrun: Millésime 2010

100% Chardonnay from Le Mesnil sur Oger and Chouilly Dosage: 2 g/l This wine has a yellow golden color with a very refined effervescence. On the nose you get ripe golden apples, physalis, lychee/rambutan, pepernoot confectionary, pineapple and a hint of baked apple. After a while you get almonds and toasted brioche. The mouthfeel is
Rating category: 80-89

Pertois-Lebrun: Exaltation (2011)

100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs Grand Cru vineyards Dosage: 2,5 g/l The color is light golden with very small bubbles and nice tears on the glass. The nose is very seductive and “gourmand” with fat turròn almond delight, hazelnuts, dried apricots, prunes, candied orange, treacle tart, oatmeal, carob powder, roasted coconut, buttery green olives,
Rating category: 80-89

Pertois-Lebrun: Instant Brut (2012)

100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs Grand Cru vineyards Dosage: 3,5 g/l This wine has a light straw color with very fine bubbles and a creamy mousse. On the nose you get lemon with zest, ripe granny smith, reinette red apple, white pistolet bread roll and banana chips and pepernoot confectionery and a hint of
Rating category: 80-89

Fleury: Blanc de Noirs (base 2011)

Made of 100% Pinot Noir. Light golden color with a refined effervence and a nice mousse. Seductive nose of fresh figs, ripe mango, lychee, sweet honeysuckle and fresh notes of sea breeze and cucumber. After a longer while in the glass you get more pronounced lychee, ripe yellow cherries, a hint of mulberry and acacia honey.
Rating category: 80-89

Déhu, Benoît: Initiation

Made of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir. No dosage. Straw color with a lovely mousse and pinprick bubbles. The nose is fresh, airy and linear with crunchy apples, rhubarb, caraway seeds, orange with zest, white raspberry, kafir lime leaf, cactus juice, crispy pistolet bread, chinese white tea, smoke and a complex minerality. The
Rating category: 80-89

Bénard, Laurent: Vibrato 2011

Made of 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. 2 grams of dosage.  Complex and seductive nose of cherry, papaya, overripe starfruit, freshly roasted coffee, rosehip, incense, dried mushrooms and a rich, nutty, caramelized and complex Palo Cortado sherry.  Swirling the glass revealed patisserie, meringue, old milolette cheese, iodine and intense minerality. It has an
Rating category: 80-89

Bénard, Laurent: Vendange 2011

Made of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 2 grams. Fruity nose of quince, blueberries, ripe pear together with sourdough, incense, green cardamom and a saline minerality. After a while in the glass Chatreuse spices like gentian and angel root came forward together with tropical overtones of papaya, passionfruit and warmth of clove
Rating category: 80-89

Benard, Laurent: La Clé des 7 Arpents (2014)

Made of 66% Pinot Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir and 17% Chardonnay. Harvest 2014. 2 grams of dosage. First nose is very yeasty with bakery yeast, sourdough and overtones of Boskoop, red apples and apple fritter with a hint of brett gueuze beer and mushrooms shining through. With some air you get unripe mirabel plums, cinnamon, honey,
Rating category: 66-79

Colin: Prôles et Chétivins 2005

Made of 100% Chardonnay from old vines from lieu-dit “Prôles et Chétivins” in Vertus. Dosage of 1 grams. Light golden color with very fine fast raising bubbles. The nose is surprisingly mineral and dynamic with chalkstone, mimolette, dried honey, Earl grey tea with bergamot, acacia flowers and a green overtone of fern. Swirling the glass
Rating category: 80-89Colin