Tag: Champagne

Barons de Rothschild Champagne Brut Rosé Non Vintage, France





Pale salmon in color.

Strong nose of raspberries, strawberries, limes, green apples, minerals, yeast, spices and bread.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, white cherries, strawberries, earth, spices, yeast, apples, pears and light grapefruits.

Long tangy finish with light almonds.

This is a delicious Rosé Champagne from the house of the Rothschild family. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

Loved the nose here, and the bubbles are nicely integrated and not intrusive at all. Very easy to drink.

Really good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

Elegant and luxurious, with nice complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with Avocado Tuna Tartar.

A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir. Kosher and not Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$110.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé Champagne 2006, France





Orange in color.

On the nose raspberries, citrus, strawberries, limes, green apples, yeast, spices and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, raspberries, strawberries, spices, earth, minerals, green apples, herbs and white pepper.

Nice finish with bitter herbs.

This 16 year old Rosé Champagne still feels very young and fresh. Not as much yeast /bread notes as I expected at this point.

Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel, and drinks very nicely now.

Needs an hour to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

A great sipping wine, and good with food too. Spicy, rich and entertaining.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$400.

Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Champagne Rosé Non Vintage, France


This is a delicious Rosé Champagne.

Light salmon in color with a peachy hue.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Nicely balanced with medium sized bubbles.

Showing raspberries, limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, yeast, spices, sea salt and minerals.

Needs 45 minutes to air properly, bring in more complexity, and smooth out the bubbles.

Rich and full of delicious red fruits, with a smooth mouthfeel. Not bitter nor tart, which I just loved. Tangy and interesting.

Easy drinking and good by itself, especially once it opens up, and good with food too.

A good choice to drink on the boat, with some beautiful weather.

100% Pinot Noir grapes.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.

Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas-Francois Brut Champagne Millesime 2002, France




Golden in color.

Nose of apples, yeast, spices, bread, minerals, salt water, citrus, limes, barnyard and earth.

Medium plus in body with high acidity.

Very dry on the palate with limes, lemons, green apples, earth, minerals, toast, wet leaves, herbs, vegetables, nuts, yeast, sea salt and white pepper.

Crisp and refreshing. Yeasty and interesting.

This is a nicely aged Champagne from a great vintage. Showing lots of complexity now.

Feels very young for a 20 year old, and will continue to age nicely in the next decade.

Robert Parker 97 points. Wine Enthusiasts 96 points.

I had the Brut Reserve Non Vintage not too long ago, and I liked it better.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh oysters.

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged in 2015.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Louis Roederer Crystal Millesime Brut 2013, Champagne, France



I always enjoy drinking this Champagne, although this one is very young.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Showing citrus, yeast, bread, green apples, spices, minerals and white pepper.

This 9 year old Champagne is crispy and refreshing, and feels much younger than its age.

Easy to drink and good by itself. Well balanced with nice complexity.

I really prefer it with a lot more age, but it is definitely delicious already.

This 2013 was a great vintage in Champagne and it is showing it.

Robert Parker 96 points.

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$350.

Henri Goutorbe “Special Club” Grand Cru Aÿ Brut Champagne 2008, France




Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yeast, spices, apples, citrus, bread, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body, with small bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals and spices.

Medium on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nicely aged 14 year old Champagne. Showing great complexity at this point.

Tasty and interesting. Rich, yet elegant. Loved the mouthfeel and the well integrated bubbles.

Nicely balanced right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with a delicious grilled Octopus.

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. disgorged October 2020.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2004 Champagne, France





Yellow in color with a light golden hue.

On the nose yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals, over ripen green apples and light grapefruits. Feels a little oxidized on the nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, over ripen citrus fruits, apples, bread, minerals, spices, herbs and earth.

Nice finish with light almonds.

Although this Champagne was not in its prime condition, it is always nice to drink and experience.

This 17 Year old champagne is a little oxidized for me, but I still enjoyed it. Showing great complexity at this point.

I paired it with a dish of layers of eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and fresh basil.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$350.


Krug Brut Champagne 1998, France






Golden in color, very pretty.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing lots of yeast and bread notes with citrus, limes, green apples, Mediterranean spices, herbs, white pepper and minerals.

Tasting this aged vintage champagnes is always a great experience. I really liked the nose once it opened up.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, and I liked it better once it warmed up a bit.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Paired very well with the caviar and the charcuterie board.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$450.

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne 1993, France




Celebrating our wedding anniversary, with a Vintage Champagne from the same year.

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of bread, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, yeast, white pepper, lemons, yellow apples and river rocks.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and soft, small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with light citrus, over ripen apples, spices, yeast, bread, river rocks, herbs and white pepper.

Short finish with limes.

This 28 year old Champagne is still delicious, although probably on its last leg.

Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

Not much fruit is left, but enough to make it tangy and interesting.

Thank you Judy for sharing this with us.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with caviar and good friends. Very tasty, especially with the caviar.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$550.

Bollinger Limited Edition Rosé Champagne 2006, France

This is a delicious Vintage Rosé Champagne from a great vintage.

Showing lots of bread and yeast notes, citrus, over ripen apples, spices, minerals, white pepper, sea salt, light earth and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, and nicely integrated small bubbles. Just the way I prefer it.

This 15 year old is very tasty now. Nicely balanced with lots of complexity.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I didn’t need anything but a nice glass with it.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.