2003 Louise Brison Vintage Brut

SKU #1038790

This Champagne is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay from organic, estate vineyards. Mr. Brulez sells two-thirds of his grapes, and keeps the best third to make only vintage Champagne. He is the chairman of the Dijon University Alumni Association, and looks more to Burgundy than to Reims for the inspiration for his wines. This comes from one of the earliest vintages in the long history of Champagne, in fact they had not picked so early since 1852! Like elsewhere in Europe, it was a very warm year, and this Champagne is marked by the breadth and generosity of a hot harvest. It reminds me very much of the "2003 by Bollinger," a bottling that estate thought so different from any other vintage they made that they completely changed the package, making the vintage the largest print on the label! The Champagne makes a reticent impression on the nose and the opposite on the palate; a powerhouse of muscled Chardonnay and broad Pinot. The finish is very dry and flavory. I would drink this over the next five years or so. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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