Ariston Aspasie "Brut Prestige" Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1001793

Champagne always tastes better out of magnum. This is pure vintage 2002, but it is not labeled as such. Paul-Vincent Ariston says that his 25 year-old vines reflect the vintage, but the Prestige, made from vines averaging 60 years, reflect his terroir. He feels that putting a vintage date on this wine would be an insult to his best vineyard plots. This vineyard was destroyed by hail in 2002, so this is the last we'll ever see of the old vines. It is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Meunier. This was one of the best bottles from my 2010 trip, and we drank two just to make sure! It has fantastic Brouillet black cherry power, and finishes very dry and super long. It is a powerhouse in the style of a vintage Bollinger, but with even more soul! Like almost all Champagne, this wine has relatively low alcohol, 12%. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/18/2013  | Send Email
This is your last chance for the old vines- they were destroyed in hail in 2003.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
One of my favorites among our direct import Champagnes. The ONLY way to enjoy this wine more is to drink it out of magnum. Rich, ripe fruit, classic "toasty" brioche character. I took a bottle this weekend to a large party with many wonderful bottles of wine open for the sampling. My only regret is that I didn't bring TWO magnums; this was one of the first bottles emptied.

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Other White Wines

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France

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