Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne
Lightly floral and fresh, this offers pretty notes of ripe Gala apple and glazed apricot, layered with subtle hints of almond paste, piecrust, honey and ground spice. Shows fine balance and a lively mousse, leading to a lingering finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
If never as far reaching and complex as those bottlings allowed extra time on the years, Feuilllatte's basic Brut is a complete and carefully crafted Champagne of fine balance and brightness. Its lightly yeasty elements are nicely matched by a trim bit of citrusy fruit, and both its energetic mousse and its keen sense of focus are sustained to the end. And, its very reasonable price earns it an extra tip of the hat.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow. Lemon zest, white pepper and a touch of mint on the nose. Dry and spicy, with a slightly rigid quality to its bitter citrus pith and quince flavors. On the tart side, with the white pepper note repeating on the nervy finish. (JR)
This non-vintage is a stylish wine, well balanced with its acidity, and concentrated with grapefruit and apple flavors. While light on the palate, it’s very fruity—a style that is best drunk now without further bottle age.