Charles de Cazanove 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir): Bright yellow-gold. Ripe orchard and pit fruits on the pungent, subtly spicy nose and on the palate. Broad and open-knit, with good heft but a slight warmth on the back end. Closes sappy and smooth, repeating the spicy note.
An attractive, rich Champagne with a good balance between its ripe apple and citrus flavors as well as some intense textured fruit skins and minerality...
This Champagne is composed of half Pinot Noir and half Chardonnay from Premier Cru or better vineyards. Most of the wines come from Grauves (south of Epernay) Chamery (on the Petit Montagne) and Tauxières-Mutry (Mountain of Reims). The wine is kept for just under three years on the lees and offers a great value for the money. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)