2004 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut Champagne

SKU #1076306 92 points Wine Spectator

 There's a sense of finesse to this lively and expressive Champagne, which offers ripe fruit flavors of poached pear, pineapple and almond financier, with hints of grated ginger and coconut. Leaves a lightly chalky impression on the finish. Drink now through 2024.  (11/2012)

90 points James Suckling

 I like the tangerine. Very citrusy and delicious with sliced apples. Bright fruit and fine texture at the finish.

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. Smoky aromas of yellow plum, pear and honeysuckle, with complicating notes of sweet butter and lemon zest. A fleshy, energetic midweight that offers deep orchard fruit flavors along with nervier citrus and mineral qualities. Finishes with very good cut, length and a slow-building mineral element.  (12/2002)

K&L Notes

45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir. The bouquet smells of citrus fruits, pear, peach, and with a touch of mint and acacia honey. It is very fresh yet rich in the mouth, and reveals a sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the acidity. The finish gives a zest of green citrus and orange flavors.

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2013 | Send Email
I poured this champagne at two separate tastings and both times, the 2004 Baron Fuente was the undisputed favorite! Once you get over how ridiculously amazing it is for only $35, you then focus how mineral driven yet refreshingly crisp and vibrant this vintage champagne tastes on your palate.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2013 | Send Email
This is the best value in vintage Champagne in the store. Nothing else we have even comes close! I have been telling anyone who will listen that the 2004 vintage is the best of the current releases to collect because of its classic, linear nature. If you have tasted an '88 lately, I believe this vintage will develop along a similar path. The Baron Fuente Grand Millesime has all of the features that make 2004 such a great harvest in Champagne: clean, bright fruit, excellent transparency, bracing acid and a ton of minerality. This wine does not have the fat of the 2002's or 2006's, but offers great refreshment now as well as incredible potential for the future. Did I mention it is $34.99?
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2024

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2013 | Send Email
Keep this in mind when thinking about this bottle, this was the wine that K&L gave all of us employees for New Years; it had better be good if you’re going to give it to a bunch of wine geeks! On a more serious note, this is really wonderful, directly imported Champagne that we are lucky enough to offer at a great price for a vintage bottle. I am in love with the ‘04 vintage, it was a very good, steady, and normal growing season, which is to be cherished when you are growing wines at such a Northern clime. From the glass there are notes of peaches and pears, a touch of citrus, in the mouth those rich fruit flavors follow through but are balanced by crisp mineral and zest notes. The pleasing completeness of this wine is what makes this so lovely, really quite seamless from start to finish. I have had two more since my initial bottle, the last one with my family and they adored it as well.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2013 | Send Email
As one customer said "What truck did this fall off of?" The quality of this Champagne far exceeds its price. The nose alone is worth picking it up.... lovely citrus peel, pear and a slight bright herbaciousness. The palate has a nice sweetness of ripe pineapple but the vivid acidity cleans it up on the finish which is very dry. Love this Champagne!

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