Moutard: 6 cépages 2009

Made with Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, Arbanne, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Light golden with a hint of gray shining through. The first nose reminds me of Grappa that has been aged on Sassicaia barrels followed by candied lemon, fruity olive oil, dry sheep cheese (brebis), plums (quetsch and prunes), fenugreek, dark chalk vain
Rating category: 80-89

Benoit Dinvaut: Extra-Brut Meunier

Made of 100% Pinot Meunier from harvest 2011. Dosage is 1.7 grams. Deep copper gold color with very fine bubbles and a soft mousse. The nose starts of very yeasty with old Comté, Tomme de Montagne followed by candied grapefruit, armagnac, bread pudding, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, dried cherries, pruneaux liqueur, deep malt, almond oil, pinecone,
Rating category: 90-95

Ployez-Jacquemart: Liesse d’Harbonville (vertical 2000-1999-1998-1995)

  Liesse d’Harbonville 2000 The vintage 2000 has a lovely golden color with perfect pinprick bubbles and nice tears on the glass. Incredibly rich nose of white truffle, nectarine, fig, smoke, wax, Comté fruité and marzipan with orange blossom. After a while in the glass you get tarte tatin, passion fruit, gunpowder tea and freshly
Rating category: 90-95

Vincent Charlot: Fruit de ma Passion 2012

Made of 55% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir. Disgorged November 2016. Fermented and aged in oak Bordeaux barrels. No filtration, no fining and with natural occuring yeasts. Dosage 4.5 grams. Light golden color with a refined effervescence and a soft mousse. Very seductive and complex nose of dried apricot, white peach, puff pastry,
Rating category: 90-95

Pierre Brocard: Contrée Noire 2008

Made of 100% Pinot Noir from Celles sur Ources. Light golden color with green hue and rather large bubbles but with a nice mousse. Initial nose is very lactic with creamcheese, burrata followed by sulpher and fireworks, fig, dried apple, cocoa butter. Very plain and uninteresting at first but after a few minutes the aroma
Rating category: 66-79

C.H. Piconnet: Blanc de Noirs

100% Pinot Noir from harvest 2014. It has a dosage of 8 grams. Light golden color with a red hue and a delicate, refined effervescence. Very typical Pinot Noir on the nose redcurrant, violettes, red peaches, melon, licorice, blood orange, and a hint of shoe polish. After a while it showed more pineapple and the
Rating category: 80-89

C.H. Piconnet: 3 cépages

  Made of 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Blanc and 25% Chardonnay. Harvest 2014 and about 9 grams of dosage. Very light golden color with a delicate effervescence. On the nose you get ripe pear, charentais melon, soft yeasts, coconut juice, sponge cake, blood orange, acerola, starfruit and elderflower. After a long time in the
Rating category: 66-79

Jestin: Vintage 2007

Hervé Jestin is one of Champagne’s most influential winemakers. Many growers and houses make an appeal to his knowledge and philosophy. Cuvée Jestin is the result of a bond with Vincent Laval from Cumières and David Leclapart from Trépail. The cuvée Jestin 2007 is a very rich wine and unique in its kind. It’s made
Rating category: 90-95

Thiénot: La Vigne aux Gamins 2005

Thienot’s La Vigne aux Gamins is a single vineyard cuvée made of 100% Chardonnay from parcel “La Vigne aux Gamins” in Avize. I’ve tasted several vintages including a shy 2002 and a spectacular Meursault-ish 2001 but the 2005 stole my heart. The 2005 has a lovely old golden color with a mild effervescence.The nose is
Rating category: 90-95

Drappier: Millésime d’Exception 2006

After tasting a marvelous 2010 Millésime d’Exception I had great expectations for the 2006. Made of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. 50% of the wines are vinified in oak foudres. 5,4 grams of dosage. This dosage has been aged in oak cuves coming from Limoux. This wine has a lovely golden color with a
Rating category: 90-95