Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Elegant and mouthwatering, this shows fine balance and texture, supporting a subtle range of peach, blanched almond, biscuit, mineral and light spice. Drink now through 2020.
Baron Fuente is a negociant that owns almost 90 acres of vines and purchases another 90 acres "sur pied," meaning that they pick the grapes. This is an important distinction since many negociants buy "sur lattes" meaning in bottle! This delicious Champagne is composed of 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 60% Meunier and had been aged three years on the lees. It is fermented at relatively cold temperatures in stainless steel with 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine has a very light, white gold color for the blend, which is predominantly black grapes, and a very pretty, tight bead. On the nose it is flowery and exotic, with a doughy richness to anchor down the wildflower elements. On the palate the wine is well balanced, light and finishes very cleanly. This Champagne is a spectacular aperitif. The current batch is 60% 2005, 30% 2004 and 10% 2003 and dosed at 10 grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)