2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe Brut Champagne

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What do you get when you go out on a limb and try Champagne from something other than a household name? You get a steal in super high-quality bubbly that will impress anyone willing to ignore the label and focus on the Champagne! This comes almost exclusively from the Grand Cru of Ay, with just a touch of Mutigny, from the highly regarded Les Charmieres parcel, thrown in for spice. The village of Ay faces south and is right on the banks of the Marne. If the vines of Verzenay bring to mind hazelnuts, the vines of Ay bring to mind chalk, and this wine's 9 grams of dosage seem to disappear and marry perfectly with its minerality. Try it now with a Dijon chicken dinner, and then put some down in the cellar for five to 15 years and watch it evolve beautifully.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2013 | Send Email
This is a fantastic wine, and is the best example of the village of Ay that we carry here at K&L. This south facing, very steep cru in the center of Marne valley is perfect for ripening Pinot Noir to full power, but also has the most pure chalk of any place in Champagne where this grape is grown. This tension between ripe Pinot Noir flavor and incisive chalkiness is the signature of Ay, and defines the 2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe Brut. Last night, Cinnamon cooked a Japanese feast of salmon, scallops, white rice and broccoli rabe tempura. I can't think of any wine on the planet that would have gone better with this meal. With plenty of sinewy black cherry Pinot fruit for the salmon and cutting Ay chalk for the rich scallop, I was in wine and food heaven. If you love Champagne, don't miss this wine!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

Staff Image By: Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2013 | Send Email
Recently, Gary was kind enough to slip me a bottle of the 2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe as I was heading to the spa at Rosewood, Sand Hill to meet some friends. So let me be the first to tell you that this champagne pairs PERFECTLY with fluffy robes, fashion magazines and girlish giggles. Really though, a wine of massive concentration and freshness, I highly recommend letting it warm up just a little to fully appreciate its complexity.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2012 | Send Email
After the Big Tent event in Hollywood customers were crowed around trying to get the last of this Champagne it was like stock traders in the pit. HA! This seemed to be the hit of the annual Champagne tasting and it is back. I loved this Champagne for its richness and elegance. Beautiful black cherry nose and flavors on the palate with an underlying spice and brioche. The finish is very long with an underlying savory note.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2012 | Send Email
Female winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe's vintage 2005 champagne is all about elegance- small, fine bubbles and pretty mousse. Hints of toast, citrus and minerally chalk. Drink it now, or give it some time. It will continue to develop personality and grace with further age in your cellar.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2012 | Send Email
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Ms. Elisabeth Goutorbe has come through, again! This great 2005 vintage Brut is a worthy successor to her wonderful 2003 vintage. A lovely blend of bing cherry fruit, hazelnuts and minerality. The finish seems to go on forever and ever. A great wine by itself or with a meal of fatty fish, lean pork or chicken. As an added bonus, it should age very well in the cellar for five plus years.

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