Beauchamp, Michel: Eliane 2002

[English] Tasted in May 2011. Light gold color with a ray of green and small bubbles. The nose is quite closed. I smell yeast, chalk, minerals, candied apricot and white flowers. Medium bodied on the palate, with dried apricot, minerals,  a little brioche and some disturbingly out-of-place nutmeg. The aftertaste is short with some lemon,
Rating category: 80-89

Beaufort, Herbert: La Favorite 2004

[English] Made of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Caution, there’s a lot of pressure in these bottles! A golden color with nice, small bubbles. I could very quickly perceive interesting aromas like almonds, toast, grapefruit, citrus fruits and butter. The texture isn’t creamy, but it is full. I taste ripe white fruits, Reine Claude
Rating category: 80-89

Beaufort, Herbert: Rosé

[English] This is a Rosé de Saignée (made of 100% macerated Pinot Noir). Cherry red color with nice small bubbles. I smell strawberries; sour cherries; a little bit of toast… and a very disturbing plastic aroma. It tastes like grenadine lemonade with a very artificial, musty taste, and there’s the texture of chaudfontaine water and
Rating category: -50

Beaufort, Herbert: Carte d’Or tradition

[English] The Pinot Noir grape dominates here and the result is a full, meaty taste. Solid bubbles that stay long and nice golden color. I smell berries: black berry, blue berry and yeast together with citrus flavors and elderberry sirop. The taste is a little agressive and nervous with some bitterness, lemon zeste, together with
Rating category: 50-65

Beaufort, Herbert: Cuvée du Mélomane

[English] Drank in May 2010.This Blanc de Blancs is quite an interesting champagne. A typical yellow chardonnay color with small bead. I smell apple, cooked pears, lemon, some toast and a hint of butter. The taste is interesting: tropical fruit like lychee and pineapple, with a modest aftertaste of hazelnuts. The finish is quite short.
Rating category: 66-79

Beaufort, Herbert: Brut Réserve

[English] Drunk in May 2010. The standard cuvée: Cuvée Les Facettes,  made of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Green-yellow color with hard, aggressive bubbles. I smell pomelo, grapefruit, a lot of yeast and a hint of brioche. The taste is hard with annoying acidity that also appears in the aftertaste. Not recommended. Price is
Rating category: 50-65

Bauser, René: Brut Réserve

[English] As I expected: a simple but fruity champagne, typical for Les Riceys region. Nice straw yellow color with fine and persistent bead. Aromas of ripe Doyenné du Comice pear and nougat tart. The taste is light and slightly mineral with tart, pear, pineapple and honey. Harmonic acidity. The aftertaste is quite short and misses
Rating category: 66-79

Bara, Paul: Comtesse Marie de France 1999

[English] Tasted in October 2010. Made with 100% Pinot Noir. A light golden color with fine bubbles. I smell apples, red berries and yeast. The taste is interesting: citrus fruits take prominence in the foreground, while in the background I find cherry, bread crust and some honey. The aftertaste becomes a sensation of taste with
Rating category: 80-89

Bara, Paul: Spécial Club 2002

[English] Tasted in October 2010. Made with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Light yellow color with a hint of green and very fine bubbles. I smell apple and brioche bread. The taste is elegant, and it  evolves to cardamom spices and chestnut. Silky texture and medium bodied. In the short finish there is some
Rating category: 80-89

Bara, Paul: Rosé

[English] Almost the color of rose liqueur with very fine sparkles. I smell freshly cut beef, yeast, raspberry, lemon and pepper –the typical smell of Pinot Noir from Bouzy. The taste is mineral, with raspberry and strawberry in the background and chalk. In the aftertaste I recognize bigarreaux (those sugared cherries) and red pepper, with
Rating category: 66-79