Avize, Côte Des Blancs

Duval-Leroy

Premier Cru Brut Champagne Blend

Popped and poured. Deep straw color with a persistent mousse. On the nose, this Champagne has autolytic and oxidative notes of almond breakfast croissants and marzipan with lemon curd. That palate is quite rich with citrus and nuts. I must admit that all of my previous experiences with Duval Leroy has been with the standard blue label Brut NV which does not carry the Premier Cru designation so take the following comments with a grain of salt. Based off the color, flavor profile, and the fact that cork did not expand after being extracted, I am left to wonder if this wine has seen some years of age. Unfortunately, there is no disgorgement data to be found and the date code is all gibberish to me. Regardless, a perfectly nice bottle of Champagne if you like those more oxidative qualities. — 8 days ago

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Tom Casagrande

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I really dislike oxidative notes so I would have been less generous/objective than you had I popped this! Kudos for remaining objective.

Larmandier-Bernier

Vieille Vigne du Levant Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend 2010

🏅 Rating 94/100 (4,4⭐)

Golden color. The style is gently oxidative. The bouquet of bird cherry white flowers and the warmth of a freshly baked loaf. With time in the glass reveals the iodine character of Côte des Blancs and light creamy notes of Cramant. The palate is broad with Granny Smith apples, white peach and citrus. Lightly oaked.

Previously this cuvee was called Vieille Vigne de Cramant, but had to change the name to avoid the confusion with Cremant. Name comes from the name of the place: Bourron du Levant. East facing parcel in Cramant with vines between 56 and 80 years old.

Larmandier-Bernier is among the pioneers of biodynamic viticulture in Champagne. Always healthy ripe grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels. Spontaneous malo, no filtration and fining. Cuvee spends impressive 7-8 years sur lattes to gain its beloved complexity and depth. This bottle was disgorged by hand in June 2018 and dosed with 2g/l to Extra brut.

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— a month ago

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Philippe Glavier

La Grace D'Hakamiah Champagne Blend

Dosage 4g/l. Vintage 2013 with degorgement date 01.2018. Blend of Cramant, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger. — a month ago

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Pierre Péters

Cuvée de Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Pale gold with green tinges. Pleasant perlage with minuscule bubbles that just go on and on. Very pretty visually. Intoxicating aromas of white and purple flowers initially. Mushrooms, grapefruits, and white pears shine along with beautiful chalk. Gorgeous.

The Côte des Blancs really speak clearly through this wine. 100% Chardonnay produced from grapes from four Grand Cru sites, Les Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Avize, and Oger. And it shows. An astonishing 40% of reserve wine is added to the blend, which is from a perpetual reserve of wines going back to 1988. Amazing stuff.

This is all very graceful, very refined. Everything in the right place. Full bodied and elegant with racy acidity and exquisite balance and structure. The palate is harmonious with stone and orchard fruits and toast. Quite saline with nice minerality and subtle spice. Real bubbleheads already know everything they need to know about Pierre Peters but if you don’t know, now you know. You’re welcome.
— 21 days ago

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Trixie

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Cheers! Gorgeous photo!

Dhondt-Grellet

Les Terres Fines Terroir de Cuis 1er Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

@Mike R We started with this champagne late afternoon. My extraordinarily good friend open this for us as soon as he arrived. Lemon / lime green apple, banana skins, flowers, nutty, yeasty/buttery finish. A bit of a heavy weight..
 
— a month ago

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Ron R

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This presented as bone-dry (as expected), with a limestone component. A great choice to kick things off. Thanks so much @Mike R and David.
9.3

Paul Launois

Composition #3 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Wonderful grower champagne. 100% Chardonnay Grand Crus Les Mesnil Sur Oger. 5 g/l Dosage. Disgorged 5/14/20. 12% ABV. Scale wine group importer. — 19 days ago

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Robert Moncuit

Les Chétillons Grand Cru Champagne Blend 2008

Btld 14 March 2009, Disg, Apr 8, 2015. 3g/l dosage. Btl 1160.

Final btl..fanastic showing. Pop and pour. Lovely lemon and chalk, soft apple, vanilla. On the palate: perfect acidity and density...well balanced fruit and sweetness. Yum!
— 5 days ago

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Peter C

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U can’t seem to get away from that vineyard.

Waris-Hubert

Armorial Blanc de Noirs Avize Pinot Noir

Straight out of Barbonne, comes this 100% Pinot Noir champagne that’s full of life and character. Aged on lees for two years and disgorged on 6/2/17, that little bit of extra time makes a difference. 8 g/l isn’t too much, it’s still a smooth pour. This is a little under the radar gem that I went into with knowledge and was so pleasantly surprised. Intense but great for all occasions.

A highly expressive nose featuring roasted almonds and a slight touch of raspberries. Marmalade and tea biscuits accompany. Really nice acidity and chalky minerality. Those Pinot notes really shine on the palate with cherries and kumquats, along with the faintest hint of earth. A really nice champagne that hits all the high notes.
— a month ago

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Trixie

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Very nice! 🥂 Cheers!

Suenen

Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2010

Lyle Fass
9.4

Nose is creamy and lemony, wide, spacious, elegant, yeasty and serious substance. Good complexity, good sap. Very clean and very mineral. — 20 days ago

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Love Suenen! The Oiry is always so good too!

Jacques Selosse

Lieux Dits Les Carelles Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Deg. 23 feb 2016. Great showing, Selosse style — a day ago

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