Ayala: Perle d’Ayala 1999

[English] Made of 100% Chardonnay grapes. Straw yellow color with fine, small, scarce bubbles. I smell apple and citrus fruit in particular, and candied apricot and some yeast as secondary aromas. The flavors: apple, licorice and a light but pleasant sherry note. Despite the sherry note, the wine gives the impression of freshness. The finish
Rating category: 80-89Ayala

Herbert, Didier: Mailly Grand Cru

[English]  Made of 35% Chardonnay and 65% Pinot Noir. Very light yellow color with fine sparkle. In the scent: citrus fruit, bread dough and yeast. Siruppy texture. The taste is onedimensional with sour apple, a little bit toast and yeast. Very short aftertaste with residu sugar. Not impressive. About 20 euro. [NL] Gemaakt van 35%
Rating category: 50-65

Tarlant: Cuvée Louis

[English] Drunk in April 2010. Made of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. Disgorged May 2009. Nice yellow golden color with lively mousse. Dark scent of wood, apple, a bit of wet straw, candied fruit, vanilla and toast. The taste is mouthfilling and complex: I taste dried fruits, pear, honey, almonds, toast wood, it tastes
Rating category: 80-89

Tarlant: La Vigne d’Or

[English] Drunk in May 2010. This is made of 100% Pinot Meunier grapes. I’ve tasted this one without dosage because Benoît Tarlant didn’t know yet if he would make it a Brut Nature. Golden color with lively mousse, perfection. In the scent: pineapple, mango, apple, pear, bit of chalk, spices from the east: cumin and
Rating category: 90-95

Tarlant: Zero

[English] Made with  1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier en 1/3 Chardonnay. This is champagne does not have dosage. Light green-yellow color with fine pearls that forms a nice crown in the glass. In the scent: citrus fruit, seabreeze, honey, wet straw and chalk. The taste is very natural and refreshing with mainly citrus fruit,
Rating category: 66-79

Tarlant: Zero Rose

[English] Made with 15% Pinot Noir and 85% Chardonnay. Light pink color with refined, lively mousse. In the scent: mainly citrus fruits with on the background currant,  cinamon, chalk and pepper. The taste is very pure. There is vanilla, fried berries and lots of citrus fruit. The aftertaste is mineral and reasonably dry. About 26
Rating category: 66-79

Tarlant: Cuvée Prestige Millésime 1998

[English] Made with 35% Pinot Noir en 65% Chardonnay. Straw yellow color with dancing pearls. In the scent: citrus fruits, wet straw, pineapple, almonds. The taste is refined with vanilla, almonds and citrusfruit. The texture is rather creamy. The aftertaste is refreshing, mineral and dry. Combines well with seafood. About 30 euro. [Fr.] Cépages: 35%
Rating category: 80-89

Taittinger: Folies de la Marquetterie

[English]Last tasted in october 2011. Made of 45% Pinot Noir and 55% Chardonnay. Light golden color with green shade and heady sparkle. Boring, non-complex smell that reminds me of a cheap commercial cava. The attack is aggressive and bitter with banana. After a while I taste generic yellow fruits and elderberry. The finale is quite
Rating category: 50-65

Tarlant: Cuvée Prestige Rosé Millésime 1998

[English] Made with 15% Pinot Noir and 85% Chardonnay. Salmon colored with fine persistent pearls. In the scent: wet straw, quince, raspberry, woodland strawberries and vanilla. The taste is full bodied with mainly peach and mandarin orange. The aftertaste is quite mineral with apricot. About 35 euro. [Fr.] 15% Pinot noir, 85% Chardonnay. Couleur saumon,
Rating category: 80-89

Castellane: Croix rouge

[English] Tasted in May 2010. Made of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. A light golden color with jittery bubbles that become small consistent pearls after a while. Rather complex aroma of white flowers, marmalade, melon, yeast and petrol. I taste mainly quince with a hint of vanilla, a bit of toasted
Rating category: 50-65