Ruelle-Pertois "Cuvée de Resérve" Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1030263 91 points 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. (DS)  (11/ 2013)

90 points 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.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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 European style 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)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.