Ruelle-Pertois "Cuvée de Resérve" Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Ruelle-Pertois NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvee de Reserve L21 leads with a delightful nose of peony, apple blossom, lime, grapefruit, and apricot, which presage the character of a juicy, brightly citric, yet at the same time subtly creamily textured palate. A faint bite and muskiness of rose radish combines with light chew of apple skin and piquancy of lemon rind for invigoration, while a salinity that was enhanced a day after opening serves to milk the salivary glands in a sustained finish. Interestingly, I found this cuvee texturally more interesting and more transparent to flavor subtleties than the corresponding and in principle superior, grand cru-rated 2006 vintage Blanc de Blancs. But that wine was more concentrated and energetic. (By process of elimination, this cuvee incorporates fruit from their vines in premier cru-rated Oiry, while the aforementioned 2006 must originate entirely in Chouilly.) Enjoy this excellent value in Champagne over the next couple of years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light gold. Vibrant lemon and green apple scents are complemented by deeper hints of toasty lees and hazelnut. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of sweet butter. Shows good lift and energy on the finish, which features subtle mineral and lemon curd qualities.
This excellent all-Chardonnay Champagne is 70% Grand Cru vineyards and 30% Premier Cru vineyards. It has a super-creamy nose and even reminds me a little bit of Plugra, the fancy French butter that I love! In the mouth it has a spectacular texture, with an impossibly fine bead of tiny bubbles. A very, very tasty, dry, refreshing Blanc de Blancs! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)