Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne

SKU #1035576

This Champagne is another 100% estate-grown direct gem. It is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier, a composition that matches the estate's vineyard make up almost exactly. The wine is composed of 85% 2007 and 15% a blend of 2006, 2005 and 2004. It is dosed very lightly at only 9 grams per liter. The Pinot comes through on the nose with very pretty candied cherry interlaced with fresh baked bread. On the palate it has a lot of body, firm, dry black cherry fruit, and tons of savory, masculine Pinot Noir flavors. It has a good finish with a line of chalky minerality that is uncommon in Pinot Noir-based Champagnes. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Price: $34.99

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2013  | Send Email
This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
Intense, yet exquisitely balanced, the Cuvee Eclatante has a subtle minerality on the nose, the classic bright apple fruit in the mouth and an elegant, seamless hazelnut finish.

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/26/2012  | Send Email
I love this Champagne. It has the most explosive bead when it hits the palate, tongue tickling goodness.%100 estate grown fruit. %70 Pinot Noir, %25 Chardonnay and %5 Pinot Meunier.Really stunning and a very reasonable price for this quality.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/17/2012  | Send Email
From the daughter of Henroit Goutorbe, Elisabeth is making something so elegant and superb for a far better price! 70% Pinot noir, and 25% Chardonnay, with 5% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne is rich and moussy, with a full of honey and caramelized fruit on the nose and finish. delicate yet plush, and a steal in my book!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2012  | Send Email
This is a new Champagne for me that thanks to our buyer Gary Westby, I had the chance to taste and love it. With a fascinating nose of caramel toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising wiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs-Elisees. A great wine for a very elegant apperitif.

By: Gary Lai |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/24/2010  | Send Email
Great tasting Champagne with good pinot noir flavor. Very well balanced on the palate with nice body. A little toasty with a taste of rhubarb undertone. Yes I like it!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/11/2009  | Send Email
This is Champagne of masterful balance, and certainly defies its reasonable price with its elegance. Cinnamon and I shared this with her mother Margaret the night before last, and while it has the black cherry of Ay, it is not as powerful or obvious as most of the wines from that village. It ended up coming very close to our three person fridge to recycling bin record!
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2012

By: Cindy Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/10/2009  | Send Email
Medium body, gobs of dark red cherry Pinot fruit. Satisfying and delicious alone - or paired with something on the earthy, savory side.

 By: JCD |  Review Date: 12/30/2011 
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I consider this one of the most underrated Champagnes in the store despite all the raves. It has that perfect chalky real Champagne flavor that many crave. It's my "house" champagne and nobody who has ever tasted it didn't think it was the best they have ever had. Not getting any red fruit flavors at all though. Not sure what that is all about. Not looking for that in a Champagne. Baffled.

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Other White Wines

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12