Ruinart: Rose

[English] Drunk in June 2011. Made of 40% Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier 10% and 50% Chardonnay. Golden red color with fine bubbles. In the scent: gingerbread, sweet yeast, raspberry and black currant. The taste is very yeasty with a vinous texture and very fruity with woodland strawberry and redcurrant. The finale is moderately long with
Rating category: 80-89

Ruinart: Blanc de Blancs

[English] Drunk in May 2011. Made of 100% Chardonnay. Very light color with very small bubbles. In the scent: butter toffee, orange blossom, lemon, minerals and a little bit sulphur. In the taste: lemon, unripe apple and some yeast. Not full bodied. The aftertaste is nervous and has a bitter edge. We were not impressed.
Rating category: 66-79

Ruinart: “R”

[English] Drunk in May 2011. Made of 48% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 47% Chardonnay. Light golden color with lots of bubbles. Complex aroma of gunpowder, sweet yeast, vanilla, anise, young cheese, a little bit sulphur and toast. When I gave the wine more air I smelled overripe apple. The taste starts (strangly enough)
Rating category: 80-89

Pierson-Cuvelier: Brut Prestige

[English] Drunk in april 2011. A light color with some green and quite agressive sparkle. In the scent: white flowers, citrus fruit and cheap yeast. The taste is mainly floral and reminiscent of cava. It burns in the throat. There is also an unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. About 22 euro. [NL] Gedronken in April
Rating category: -50

Vollereaux: Rosé de Saignée

[English] Drunk in octobre 2009. Made of 100% Pinot Meunier. Cherry red color with refined sparkle and nice mousse. Strange, “artisanal” scent. I smell strawberry with mainly  mushroom, black truffle and some musty earthtones. The taste is very full with a tannic texture in the mouth. I taste red fruits like raspberry, blackberry and strawberry.
Rating category: 66-79

Thienot: Brut

[English] Made of 35% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and 45% Chardonnay. Light golden color with refined sparkle. In the scent: mainly peach, pineapple, pea, brioche and cornflakes. The texture is silky and the taste is fruity and well balanced. In the reasonable long aftertaste you’ll get some creamyness. It’s just a little too sweet
Rating category: 66-79

Krug: Grande Cuvée

[English] Degorgement date unknown. Made with 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay. Nice golden color with not a lot of bubbles. Very full, interesting scent of citrus fruit, mint, peer and yeast. After a while I smell mushroom and coconut. The taste is very fresh with mainly citrus fruit but also bitter
Rating category: 80-89

Moët & Chandon: Dom Pérignon 1996

[English] Made of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. Lightgolden color with quite impetuous sparkle and nice mousse. The scent is interesting but not an explosion of aromas: lovely sweet yeast, earthtones, minerals, woodland mushrooms and strawberry. After a while the strawberry scent disappeared and we smelled crème patissière, cake and even some mint. We
Rating category: 90-95

Vesselle, Alain: St. Eloi

[English] Made of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. Light golden color with small bubbles that don’t last long. In the scent: pear, toast, liquorice, pepper and some creamy cheese. The taste is full bodied and complex with apple, pear, yeast and liqueur. Quite a long and warm aftertaste. Unfortunately an unpleasant taste of apple
Rating category: 80-89