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Champagne Marguet

Grand Cru Bouzy Champagne Blend 2014

Outstanding right out of the gate. A pretty yellow robe with intense perlage initially. An abundance of fine bubbles and innate creaminess. The nose positively explodes with dainty white flowers and salinity. A pinch of cherry and fresh herbs. There’s enough oak to say hello along with lemon peel and almond slivers. Mirabelle plums and warm yeast.

Pure Pinot Noir from one of my favorite areas, Bouzy. Benoit Marguet has long been one of the standard bearers in Champagne of terroir driven, naturals wines with bare minimum dosage and minimal use of sulfites. And that makes a difference. Terroir driven indeed, the essence of Bouzy. Bone dry and full bodied, I love how vinous of a champagne this is. Elegance is not sacrificed in any way with a premium mouthfeel. Almost four years on lees and disgorged in March of 2019.

On the palate you’ll find pure bliss. Intense minerality and toasted brioche. Rich and generous with orchard fruits and just the right amount of oak. Plenty of citrus and high acidity with a touch of really nice red fruit. Long courtly finish. This is special stuff.
— 2 days ago

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Trixie

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🥂 Cheers!

Pierre Baillette

Bulles Roses de Saignee Montagne de Reims Premier Cru

Bright ruby, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit, damp soil, vinous, fine bead 😍 — 10 days ago

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Bernard Bremont

Millésimé Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Champagne Blend 2012

This is the BdN, no blend. 2012 vintage showing richness and power. While I usually prefer BdB, this is highly appreciated. — 5 days ago

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Dehours

Trio Brut Champagne Blend

An absolute discovery. Had the privilege to drink this next to Selosse’s Carelles and it showed significant style similarities on the nose and initial palette. Depth, oxidative, fruit yet the finish underperformed in comparison due to a relative lack of length and mineral backbone. Anyway being compared to Carelles is a pretty good thing in itself. And this is a forth of the price… Baby selosse! I’ll have a case of those please! — 17 days ago

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Gilbert Van Hassel

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More like 1/6 of the price.

Taittinger

Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2011

Maybe too early, but I am not convinced yet. Nice champagne, clearly CdC style, but missing depth i.m.h.o. — 4 days ago

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Stef Van Der Vorst

Stef Van Der Vorst

Normaly one of my favourites !!
Peter Zandbergen

Peter Zandbergen

Same for me!
Peter van den Besselaar

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Nice score nonetheless Peter

Henri Abele

Le Sourire de Reims Pinot Noir Rosé 2006

Noir de noirs Champagne. Deep salmon hue with opulent scents of strawberry cream, brioche, toast and pure nuttyness. The pallet is very similar to the scents with great acidity, very smooth, and faint wild yeast notes, an almost a tannic feel to it. One of the best aged Champagnes I’ve ever had. Cheers. — 17 days ago

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Bérêche & Fils

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

Disgorged October 2020. Wonderfully aromatic; brioche, mushrooms, apple. Palate is lively, not sharp or angular. Gentle mousse. Only a slight hollowness in the cheeks prevent this from being next level. Lovely stuff — 18 days ago

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Pierre Paillard

'Les Mottelettes' Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2013

04/18 Disg, 1.8 g/l dosage. Should have read notes here before popping. The mousse is pretty rough right now...decant if you're drinking now...definitely young and needs plenty of time. On the nose: lovely vanilla cream, lemon, soft toasted hazelnut. On the palate: intense acidity, good density, but mousse is just over-the-top..soft grapefruit and good length. Don't touch again for at least 5 years. — 18 days ago

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Pehu Simonet

Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne

First off, just look at that color. Mesmerizing! A beautiful shade of clear deep red with almost no bubbles. At this point it’s reminiscent of a nice liqueur. A subdued nose featuring strawberries and sweet cherries. Plenty of smokiness and a little nearly stale bread.

Deep, rich, and almost nectar like. It’s such a delightful pour. 70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, with 10% of the Pinot vinified as still red wine from Verzenay. Disgorged in 2010 and still showing well. The acidity has certainly mellowed out making it exceedingly smooth.

The smoke travels to the palate but never overwhelms. Herbs really take charge here along with more autolytic notes. Yeast and whole almonds. The fruit grows more ripe as it evolves in the glass. A nice bit of ginger on the long and persistent finish. A rare, aged treat for me and one that definitely did not disappoint.
— 9 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

A real cozy factor to this picture. Nice! Cheers!🍷
Willie Carter

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@Trixie Aww thank you so much

Paul Bara

Comtesse Marie de France Grand Cru Champagne Pinot Noir 2010

**If interested, I’ve posted more pics of this visit and trip on my Instagram account - check me out @sips_ensemble**

We also had the pleasure to visit Champagne Paul Bara, another family-owned and -managed winery with only 8 employees! 💪 💪

It is a small but high-quality operation, producing approximately 100,000 bottles per year made exclusively from the free run juice. ✨✨✨ Thanks to the likes of @kermitlynchwine , the U.S. is a major exporting market for this wine. 🙌🙌

Paul Bara’s wines are sustainably farmed on numerous vineyard plots located throughout Bouzy, a Grand Cru village within the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. 🏔 🏔

Bouzy is known especially for its Pinot Noir-driven Champagnes and also for its still red wines, a specialty of the region, called Coteaux Champenois. 🍇🍇

Paul Bara uses mostly stainless steel vessels for its vinification, designed to accentuate the purity of the fruit. They also use subterranean concrete vessels for the Pinot Noir used in rosé blends and for the Coteaux Champenois (still reds). 🥂

On our tour it was fascinating to see bottles being disgorged, dosaged, corked, capped, and caged on a machine in seconds — these are some of the last stages of the Méthode Champenoise. 🤓

We also learned that Paul Bara is a member of the ‘Club Trésors de Champagne’ an association of 28 vignerons formed to promote quality wine growing and winemaking practices and to highlight the beauty of terroir, demonstrating the excellence achievable outside of the major houses whose names are globally renown such as Veuve Cliquot and Moët & Chandon. 👏

Our favorite wine of the tasting was the 2010 Brut Comtesse Marie de France 🇫🇷 made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes 🍇 It had a richness and abundance of orchard fruit, including baked yellow apple, also toast, bread dough, yeast, and dried white blossom notes, still offering finesse and precision, retaining incredible vibrancy.

We are grateful for our visit to Paul Bara and we look forward to visiting again the future! 🙏❤️
— 20 minutes ago

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