Lahaye was on the brain because I have had a couple of recent bottles of Jardin de la Grosse Pierre, 2012 and 2014. I loved them. It's a very singular wine. Curious to see what you think.Warren Taranow wrote: ↑August 3rd, 2021, 1:58 pmNathan,Nathan V. wrote: ↑August 3rd, 2021, 1:46 pmSapience is a rare and interesting Champagne. It might also be made without sulfur. It has absolutely nothing in common with any grand marques, Peters or Vilmart. If I had to compare it to something else, it's the Marguet that reminds me most of a Lahaye wine. If you've got the scratch, it's worth trying to see if it's your thing instead of another bottle of something you already know, IMO. I also prefer it with a meal.Warren Taranow wrote: ↑August 3rd, 2021, 1:15 pm
I hear you, John. I was buying 2009 Cristal for close to the $200 mark. Maybe it's an unfair comparison, but it's hard to compete with that wine.
Lately, so many of my favorites have skyrocketed in price. Egly-Ouriet, Vilmart Emotion and Coeur, Pierre Peters Chetillons and Montjolys, Deutz Amour, Taittinger Comtes. Pretty soon, $200 will seem like a bargain. I'd get a night job, but then I won't have time to drink champagne!
I tend to drink mostly Extra Brut and Brut Nature Champagne and very few grand marques*, so take that into account. Warren drinks more broadly, so going with his rec might be better.
* I buy some Cristal and like Krug and Taitinger Comtes but don't buy them because the bottles are too annoying to deal with.
I've yet to try Lahaye, but have some 2015 Brut Nature Le Jardin de la Grosse Pierre pending.
I didn't mean to suggest Marguet was similar in style to Vilmart or Cristal, just that I try to compare my level of enjoyment and intrigue amongst those wines.
I also agree with you about annoyingly large bottles. The Sapience is also in that category.
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you said they were similar.
And a big yes to the annoying bottle. I only buy a few and have to keep them in the boxes to store. Both Lahaye and Collin have nice normal bottles. I'd buy even more Vilmart if it came in normal bottles.