And now for something quite different. A champagne rebel and man of his own time and mind, Charles Dufour is producing some extraordinary wines. And they live up to the hype. A nice mild amber color with lazy, small bubbles. The nose is rather intense with a nice bit of nutmeg up front. Plenty of citrus fruit that never overwhelms but is certainly enveloping. Woodsmoke and wood, red apples, and just a little honey.
As natural as natural wine gets. Organic, hand picked, herbicide free. This most certainly tastes natural, in the best way possible. 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and an added 10% of Pinot Blanc. From beautiful Côte des Bar terroir and aged for two years on lees. 80% of the wine comes from the 2018 harvest with the remaining 20% coming from a perpetual reserve dating back to 2010. With an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l, there’s rather zippy acidity and innate purity here.
This really is one of those bottles that unique and highly, highly expressive. Very nuanced with outrageous complexity. The palate is fantastic with apples and a bit of cinnamon to boot. Every sip screams natural and terroir driven. Special, special stuff. Unique and gorgeous. — 4 days ago
When we talk purity and honesty in wine, Larmandier-Bernier instantly comes to mind. An attractive light golden robe and impressive perlage. The nose is instantly striking with plenty of green apple and butter. Lemon and limes along with marzipan. Chalky and fresh, this is one that you really should just sit with for a while and appreciate. The pastry aromas are absolutely killer here. The citrus fruit notes are really prominent over time. So pretty.
A biodynamic Blanc de Blancs from masters of their terroir. Stately and august while remaining approachable. It’s a wine you want to be effusive. Full of personality, charm, and complexity there’s such power and grace with this champagne. Brilliant acidity but there’s no way I would mark this as zero dosage if tasted blind. Laser like precision here. So classy and luxurious.
In the mouth, this is pure joy. Pure finesse and excellence. Terrific texture and balance. Citrus and slight toasted brioche notes. There’s a really nice streak of spice towards the end, especially on the second day. This champagne may not be right for everyone but it’s certainly right for me. I love this. — 11 days ago
Brought to Tasting Group; presented double-blind (I wanted to hear the taster say, “evidence of gas”…which never gets mentioned since nobody ever brings sparkles). I digress. The wine pours a burnished rose gold color with a persistent mousse. On the nose, baked Granny Smith apple, lemon rind, apricot, macerated raspberries and whipping cream. That palate dazzles with the same, aforementioned fruit though, the apricot comes across more pronounced. There are chalky minerals too. The wine is dry but has a compelling, sweet attack. Acid is medium+. A very long, creamy and almost saline finish that’s immensely satisfying. Some called Franciacorta, some Cava and some Limoux but most called NV Champagne. Blinding sparkling wine can often be tricky. Anyway, this Minière F & R Brut Zero was loved by all. This bottle was heavily based (79%) on the 2016 vintage with the balance coming from 2015. Basically 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay respectively. Disgorged 08/2021. — 15 days ago
Bouteille un peu moins impressionnate que la précédente, c’est bien surtout pour le prix, pommes mures, assez frais mais semblait plus évoluée et un brin plus “liquoreuse”. 88-89
Nice with ripe apples, some freshness but this bottle was mot as impressive as the last one, a touch more heavy or liquor feel to it. — 2 days ago
Laid in chalk cellars in 2016
Disgorged in 2019
👃Smoky minerality is predominant. Also hazelnuts, patisserie, apples and pears. This is bold
👅Fresh and precise. Good fruit. Full bodied. Pronounced minerality. Minimal oxidative notes. Slight perfume. Excellent acidity and enough sweetness to make this very drinkable.
Tolerated a broad range of temperatures
Solid value for champagne and a champagne that should please a wide audience. (Maybe not the “no dosage” adherents)
And a beatiful bottle no less👍 — 11 days ago
This was my wine of the night. Heavy oxidized style, nutty components on the nose that seamlessly transposed to the palate. Moldy yeast components, almost beer like yellow color. Sherry like taste sometimes. Just a jaw dropping wine that blew the other champagnes in the flight away by miles 🚀. — 11 days ago