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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#401 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 12th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Michael Klein wrote:
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2014 José Dhondt, from Magnum. Fresh, citrus/lemon. Very good.
And thank you. I have a couple of these. [cheers.gif]

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#402 Post by Howard Cooper » January 13th, 2019, 4:51 am

This week I was at a group wine dinner where we had two Champagnes, a 2002 Dom Perignon and a 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne.

The Dom was a very elegant wines. Very clean tasting with a long finish. It was a bit young and did not seem to have yet developed tertiary flavors. Still, it was smooth and enjoyable to drink.

The Taittinger was an entirely different animal. Tasted seemingly at its peak. Very rich (but balanced) with lots and lots of flavor. Fabulous wine.
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#403 Post by Frank Murray III » January 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm

  • NV Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Nature - France, Champagne (1/26/2019)
    Last of 4 bottles. Disgorged 03/2016, 100% PM with no dosage. This is energy in a glass, and I don't think this style is for everyone. The zero dosage is more evident here for me, as the wine has a bracing quality, which is the energy of the lemon, orange and grapefruit that cuts through it. Alongside the energy is a yeasty and chalky note, with a core of red fruit. When this warms, the lemony quality richens, which has a unique honeyed quality. I knew when I opened this bottle that it would have the kind of electric quality that I wanted with dinner. What I didn't remember is now unique this wine tastes and how much I continue to enjoy it. Next time I can get to Champagne, I have to arrange a visit to these guys and learn more about them.
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#404 Post by Yao C » January 26th, 2019, 6:19 pm

1988 Krug for a quiet birthday dinner with my husband at Benu in SF. A serious wine that unfolds a kaleidoscope of scent: toast, apple, lime, smoke, touch of mushroom, honey, nutty oxidation; the whole array grounded by intense concentration, a powerful acidic drive, and great length; it's all very masculine and impressive, playing brilliantly off the parade of appetizers at Benu; by all objective measure this has to be considered great and yet for me the emotional resonance is not quite there; I wish it was a tad 'friendlier' and easier; very good minus

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#405 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 26th, 2019, 6:27 pm

Should probably just stick to Comtes then.

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#406 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Had a 2014 Cedric Bouchard BdB La Boloree tonight as part of my birthday celebration. What an incredibly good wine, even this young! Need to find some more to stow away.
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#407 Post by alan weinberg » January 26th, 2019, 7:26 pm

Yao C wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 6:19 pm
1988 Krug for a quiet birthday dinner with my husband at Benu in SF. A serious wine that unfolds a kaleidoscope of scent: toast, apple, lime, smoke, touch of mushroom, honey, nutty oxidation; the whole array grounded by intense concentration, a powerful acidic drive, and great length; it's all very masculine and impressive, playing brilliantly off the parade of appetizers at Benu; by all objective measure this has to be considered great and yet for me the emotional resonance is not quite there; I wish it was a tad 'friendlier' and easier; very good minus

(my scale = bad, decent , good , very good, excellent)

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#408 Post by Warren Taranow » January 26th, 2019, 9:30 pm

NV Mouzon Leroux L'Atavique (2012 base).
This has dethroned Coutier BdB as the best sub-$40 champagne I’ve ever had. Low dosage, barrel aged; wonderful depth and structure.
This was really good, and I’d be happy paying twice the price. Definitely a case purchase in the future.
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#409 Post by Yao C » January 27th, 2019, 10:06 am

And now, champagne #2 out of 3 in this weekend's lineup

MV Jacques Selosse Cuvée Exquise (Sec) disgorged 04/27/2017; nose needs some coaxing but comes through with the spice I've come to expect from Selosse, as well as citrus, apple and butterscotch; there is an expansive hit of sugar on the midpalate nicely kept in check by the underlying acidity and extract, which prevents the wine from tipping over into blowsiness; it all comes together in a graceful, elegant finish; I had brought this for a friend with a sweet tooth, and didn't expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did; good plus plus

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#410 Post by cjsavino » January 27th, 2019, 11:00 am

Does Schramsberg BdB count, cause we had it last night
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#411 Post by Frank Murray III » January 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Warren, I’m re-upping. champagne.gif
Kyle, Vilmart 2012 Grand Cellier d' Or is at a killer price right now at Hi-Time, via the Berserker day deal. If you don't own any, order it. For $72, this is well worth the coin. Great bottle of Vilmart, and while it is not the Cd'C bottling, it is damn near in quality for me.

https://www.hitimewine.net/catalogsearc ... +g+cellier

P.S.......the Jacquesson 740 with the discount is just $48. That too is a killer price, along with the Remi Leroy EB for $35 with the discount.
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard SC

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#412 Post by Josh Grossman » January 27th, 2019, 12:45 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm
ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Warren, I’m re-upping. champagne.gif
Kyle, Vilmart 2012 Grand Cellier d' Or is at a killer price right now at Hi-Time, via the Berserker day deal. If you don't own any, order it. For $72, this is well worth the coin. Great bottle of Vilmart, and while it is not the Cd'C bottling, it is damn near in quality for me.

https://www.hitimewine.net/catalogsearc ... +g+cellier

P.S.......the Jacquesson 740 with the discount is just $48. That too is a killer price, along with the Remi Leroy EB for $35 with the discount.
What is the discount code?

Edit: TODDRULES is the code

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#413 Post by Cris Whetstone » January 27th, 2019, 9:04 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm
ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Warren, I’m re-upping. champagne.gif
Kyle, Vilmart 2012 Grand Cellier d' Or is at a killer price right now at Hi-Time, via the Berserker day deal. If you don't own any, order it. For $72, this is well worth the coin. Great bottle of Vilmart, and while it is not the Cd'C bottling, it is damn near in quality for me.

https://www.hitimewine.net/catalogsearc ... +g+cellier

P.S.......the Jacquesson 740 with the discount is just $48. That too is a killer price, along with the Remi Leroy EB for $35 with the discount.
Missed the Jacquesson but grabbed some more P Bara Rose and 08 Gimonnet Paradoxe on discount. Plus a few other non-Champers.
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#414 Post by Warren Taranow » January 27th, 2019, 10:10 pm

  • 2000 Lanson Champagne Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne (1/27/2019)
    I've always liked this wine a lot, and this might have been the best bottle I've opened. Very rich, round, yet precise. Beautiful pear and other orchard fruit, plus a nice white floral component, and citrus/lemon curd flavor and cut. Scant oxidative and yeasty notes make it even more interesting.
    I've read other TN's describing it as "good but not great." I used to hear the same about the '95 Heidsieck BdM which I also love. I bought cases of each, with no regrets.
  • NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut Rosé - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) Pure fruited and mineral laden wine, strawberry and orange dominating. Crisp and clean, a pleasure to drink. This is tremendous for the price.
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#415 Post by alan weinberg » January 27th, 2019, 10:20 pm

Warren Taranow wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 10:10 pm
  • NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut Rosé - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) Pure fruited and mineral laden wine, strawberry and orange dominating. Crisp and clean, a pleasure to drink. This is tremendous for the price.
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#416 Post by Scott Jameson » January 28th, 2019, 8:06 am

Warren Taranow wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 10:10 pm
  • NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut Rosé - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) Pure fruited and mineral laden wine, strawberry and orange dominating. Crisp and clean, a pleasure to drink. This is tremendous for the price.
Was this a recent acquisition ? Some of the notes on CT indicate a few years in the cellar would be beneficial.

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#417 Post by Dave McCloskey » January 28th, 2019, 1:49 pm

2006 Taittinger Comtes... sublime! I must have picked up the good bottles.

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#418 Post by Warren Taranow » January 28th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Scott Jameson wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 8:06 am
Warren Taranow wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 10:10 pm
  • NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut Rosé - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) Pure fruited and mineral laden wine, strawberry and orange dominating. Crisp and clean, a pleasure to drink. This is tremendous for the price.
Was this a recent acquisition ? Some of the notes on CT indicate a few years in the cellar would be beneficial.
2018. Like any good NV, it might get better with some bottle age, but no harm in opening them now, especially if you have a few.

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#419 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 28th, 2019, 5:55 pm

Krug 164 last night from 375, in a fantastic place.

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#420 Post by Frank Murray III » February 1st, 2019, 5:45 pm

We had a Bouchard Val Vilaine the other night that was terrific.
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#421 Post by David Henry » February 2nd, 2019, 6:20 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
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We had a Bouchard Val Vilaine the other night that was terrific.
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I drank one of my bottles of the 2016 Val Vilaine over the Holidays. I have consumed many bottles of several different vintages of the Val Vilaine and this vintage drank the best of any vintage shortly after release. For $60.00/bottle, it is hard to beat.

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#422 Post by Warren Taranow » February 2nd, 2019, 9:00 am

  • NV André Clouet Champagne (2/1/2019)
    I bought three of these, as they were bundled with my targeted three Clos des Goisses on auction. I've always considered Clouet a nice reasonably priced Champagne, but two I have opened have been exceptional. These are old bottles, based on the condition and oxidation of the foil. They were imported by The Rare Wine Company. I'm guessing they're from the nineties since RWC opened in '89, but the bottles look even older.
    That's the story of the bottles, now on to the wine. These are luscious! Full bodied, orchard fruit (no bruising!), warm baguette, and a hint of subtle hazelnut. I love them; what a nice surprise from the perceived laggard of the lot. (93 pts.)
I'll have to contact RWC or Brad Baker and see if I can get more information. I'll post photographs of my one remaining bottle.

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#423 Post by Russ Williams » February 2nd, 2019, 7:08 pm

David Henry wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:20 am
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February 1st, 2019, 5:45 pm
We had a Bouchard Val Vilaine the other night that was terrific.
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I drank one of my bottles of the 2016 Val Vilaine over the Holidays. I have consumed many bottles of several different vintages of the Val Vilaine and this vintage drank the best of any vintage shortly after release. For $60.00/bottle, it is hard to beat.
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#424 Post by ky1em!ttskus » February 10th, 2019, 4:46 pm

'12 Nathalie Falmet Le Val Cornet

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#425 Post by Warren Taranow » February 10th, 2019, 8:11 pm

The first of my own small stash of 2009 Cristal. I had had a glass last summer in Sonoma and liked it then.
No foul opening these young. The nose is incredibly expressive and dense, and the palate crisp and fresh. Complexity abounds, with biscuits, orange cream, Meyer lemon and more. Endless finish. This is hard not to love. Good enough to post in two threads tonight.
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#426 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 11th, 2019, 2:14 pm

Gvwm has a decent deal on 164 mags for anyone interested.

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#427 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm

This weekend with friends: Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne - not sure of vintage or other details but I have had it 3 times in the last month and it is becoming a favorite. Have 2 bottles awaiting me at my Champagne enabler.

Dom 2006 - delicious.

Champagne Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1996. Odd nose (banana?) but lovely palate. Better on the second day.

Champagne Deutz 2000 - in its prime, I think. I loved this.

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose - dry but with lovely fruit. Great spoils of the Superbowl war! Reminder to the donor not to bet against the Patriots!
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#428 Post by Warren Taranow » February 11th, 2019, 2:37 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Gvwm has a decent deal on 164 mags for anyone interested.
Thanks, Michael!
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#429 Post by EHeffner » February 13th, 2019, 2:49 pm

My local shop just got in DP 08 at $169.99. Is this the standard price?
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#430 Post by Warren Taranow » February 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm

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My local shop just got in DP 08 at $169.99. Is this the standard price?
Yes, that's the going rate, maybe even the low side. You may be able to find one for a little less, but you're more likely to find bottles for more $$$. Buy locally.

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#431 Post by ykwon » February 14th, 2019, 7:01 am

Got an offer today for the Krug Rose NV 375ML at $132/per for a six pack. Not sure of the base. Never had the Rose. No shipping just tax. Any thoughts on the pricing?
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#432 Post by Frank Murray III » February 14th, 2019, 9:10 pm

  • 2012 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (2/14/2019)
    Disgorged 09/2017, and no dosage as is the house style. 72% PN, 28% Chard. Both contribute here. There is a creamy note to this bottle that comes through with the green apple. Raspberry, lemon and a finishing lick of saline that gives the wine a clean finish. This bottle is about energy and intensity, mixing of the red fruit and the apple flavors beautifully.
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#433 Post by Kirk.Grant » February 15th, 2019, 3:44 am

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Had a 2014 Cedric Bouchard BdB La Boloree tonight as part of my birthday celebration. What an incredibly good wine, even this young! Need to find some more to stow away.
Happy Birthday Brian!
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#434 Post by Kirk.Grant » February 15th, 2019, 3:44 am

EHeffner wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 2:49 pm
My local shop just got in DP 08 at $169.99. Is this the standard price?
That's last years prices in this area of the country...I'd snap up what you can.
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#435 Post by Kirk.Grant » February 15th, 2019, 3:47 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm
  • NV Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Nature - France, Champagne (1/26/2019)
    Last of 4 bottles. Disgorged 03/2016, 100% PM with no dosage. This is energy in a glass, and I don't think this style is for everyone. The zero dosage is more evident here for me, as the wine has a bracing quality, which is the energy of the lemon, orange and grapefruit that cuts through it. Alongside the energy is a yeasty and chalky note, with a core of red fruit. When this warms, the lemony quality richens, which has a unique honeyed quality. I knew when I opened this bottle that it would have the kind of electric quality that I wanted with dinner. What I didn't remember is now unique this wine tastes and how much I continue to enjoy it. Next time I can get to Champagne, I have to arrange a visit to these guys and learn more about them.
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Frank, have you had the Egly-Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny"? Also 100% PM, and for me the standard I judge all other 100% PM's by. Worth snagging a bottle as it's got less production than the Grand Cru and Vintage to my understanding.
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#436 Post by Dennis Atick » February 15th, 2019, 3:49 am

Chartogne Taillet Cuvee St. Anne is becoming my house bubbly. Fantastic stuff for sub $40. Love it.
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#437 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2019, 7:34 am

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February 15th, 2019, 3:47 am
Frank Murray III wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm
  • NV Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Nature - France, Champagne (1/26/2019)
    Last of 4 bottles. Disgorged 03/2016, 100% PM with no dosage. This is energy in a glass, and I don't think this style is for everyone. The zero dosage is more evident here for me, as the wine has a bracing quality, which is the energy of the lemon, orange and grapefruit that cuts through it. Alongside the energy is a yeasty and chalky note, with a core of red fruit. When this warms, the lemony quality richens, which has a unique honeyed quality. I knew when I opened this bottle that it would have the kind of electric quality that I wanted with dinner. What I didn't remember is now unique this wine tastes and how much I continue to enjoy it. Next time I can get to Champagne, I have to arrange a visit to these guys and learn more about them.
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Frank, have you had the Egly-Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny"? Also 100% PM, and for me the standard I judge all other 100% PM's by. Worth snagging a bottle as it's got less production than the Grand Cru and Vintage to my understanding.
Kirk, no, not yet. Have darnk some EO wines but have not bought them in a while. That bottling is available locally (saw it recently I believe) so if I run into it again, will buy.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard SC

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2012 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#438 Post by Steve Nordhoff » February 15th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Savart 2012 Dame de Couer - This is now called LE MONT DES CHRÉTIENS

All chardonnay from Ecueil, 3g dosage. Just 1300 bottles and this one went down way too young. Several Savarts lately have all been excellent, but this was really young and super tight. Coiled up, I might have guessed Le Mesnil sur Oger. Lemony, big acid but lots of fruit, just needs time.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#439 Post by David Cooper » February 16th, 2019, 8:31 am

Lelarge Pugeot Extra Brut Rose NV. A new one for me. Evidently a long history within one family. Not sure if it was as contract growers or as a RM.

Very funky yeasty nose with some strawberry and cherry. The flavours were cheesy red fruit and the finish was very dry. We drank it without food which was a mistake. The acidity became a bit painful by the end of a glass. Still worth trying.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#440 Post by ky1em!ttskus » February 16th, 2019, 8:58 am

Cracked another ‘17 disgorgement Vilmart GC last night. Then, I emailed Greg asking for more.

Too young but so damn good.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#441 Post by Charlie Carnes » February 16th, 2019, 10:30 am

Bunch of super wines lately:
Camille Saves Rosé... pretty, pert, light full red, hints of dusty clay road/mineral, voluminous in the mouth. The Bouzy Bomb!
Jerome Blin Pluchotte Extra Brut Rosé... Full, red berry, ripping acidity-which I love, stony mineral. Excellent, for sure.
Egly-Ouriet Brut Rosé... Lovely, fine, salmon color, bright and beautiful in the mouth, hints of red fruit/strawberry, dust/clay mineral. One of my favorite rosés for sure.
Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Cote de Val Valaine Blanc de Noirs... Pure, mineral, crisp, heady, voluminous, dry white fruit, dried fruit skins. Excellent BdN!
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#442 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Good TNs, Charlie. Thank you.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard SC

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#443 Post by Frank Murray III » February 23rd, 2019, 7:02 pm

  • 2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Resonance Extra Brut - France, Champagne (2/23/2019)
    Disgorged 02/18, 100% Pinot Noir and no dosage. Strawberry, raspberry, red apple, lime, a dried green herb and then saline and lightly savory finish. What I appreciate about the MC wines is the texture. In the context of no dosage, these wines are texturally delicious and there is weight here, too. Terrific.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard SC

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#444 Post by Charlie Carnes » February 24th, 2019, 6:26 pm

A few more:
N. V. Krug 163eme... Dark and metallic, obviously flawed and undrinkable. I have had multiple off bottles from this case.
N. V. Marie Courtin Resonance Extra Brut...Crisp and clean, this is zippy and fresh, and steely, in a good, almost Riesling way, with white fleshed stone fruit and a nice inviting finish.
1992 Dom Perignon... This was very good. It is showing a hint of age as it seemed to be slightly shaded and the bubbles have let off just a tad. This was rich, and full, with a neat nuttiness intermixed with flint. What a nice combination of flavors! I loved it really.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#445 Post by alan weinberg » February 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm

Duval-Leroy 1996. Needs more time. Still a bit aggressive. Pretty citrus fruited wine, very lemony. Lots of lift due to acidity.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#446 Post by Dennis Atick » February 24th, 2019, 7:03 pm

Tonight: Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Cote de Val Villaine v13/d15 is killing. Killing! Outstanding. For ~$60. Hard to beat.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#447 Post by Warren Taranow » February 24th, 2019, 10:57 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Duval-Leroy 1996. Needs more time. Still a bit aggressive. Pretty citrus fruited wine, very lemony. Lots of lift due to acidity.
Alan,

I'm down to my last bottle. CT says I paid $31. I haven't seen that bottle in a while, and it might be "missing and presumed drunk," but maybe it will show up sometime unexpectedly.

Cheers,

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#448 Post by Charlie Carnes » February 25th, 2019, 4:47 am

Warren Taranow wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 10:57 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Duval-Leroy 1996. Needs more time. Still a bit aggressive. Pretty citrus fruited wine, very lemony. Lots of lift due to acidity.
Alan,
I haven't seen that bottle in a while, and it might be "missing and presumed drunk,"

Cheers,

Warren
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#449 Post by Jayson Cohen » February 25th, 2019, 5:56 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Tonight: Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Cote de Val Villaine v13/d15 is killing. Killing! Outstanding. For ~$60. Hard to beat.
I loved this release. By a hair over the 2016 disgorgement.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#450 Post by Jay Miller » February 25th, 2019, 9:01 am

Opened a 2012 Benoit Lahaye La Violaine last week. Magnificent Champagne, I prefer it a bit to the 2009 and a lot to the 2011. I'd say on a par with the 2008 which is high praise.
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