Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne

SKU #1038756 92 points Wine Spectator

 Creamy in texture, with mouthwatering acidity enlivening rich notes of bread dough, black currant, lemon curd, pastry cream and blanched almonds. Shows fine balance and length. Drink now through 2020.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This super well-balanced bottle of Champagne gets an astoundingly luxurious seven years of aging on the lees. It is very rare to find something so reasonably priced that is kept for so long. Composed of even parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier it is fermented in stainless steel. 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. The Esprit has a very high quality sourdough toastiness arrived at honestly from the long aging on the lees. It is round and easy to drink, with flavors of hazelnuts contrasting its nice citrus zip. The perfect thing to serve for an elegant aperitif at an important dinner party! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Price: $39.99

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2012  | Send Email
Wow, 7 years on the lees!! You really get the rich, deep complexity from that extended sur lie aging in this bubbly. Delicious!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/9/2011  | Send Email
This is one of my favorite direct import Champagnes because it is seamless from start to finish. Very elegant but brilliantly intense as well. Using all stainless steel and spending 7 years on the lees gives the wine its smooth and creamy texture with that nutty brioche and layers of complexity. Triple cream on the nose with pommace fruit on the mid palate and a crisp finish.

By: Gary Lai |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2010  | Send Email
Absolutely, delightfully delicious! Medium weight with earthy mushroom, nutty tones. Clean and bright, with a little vanilla flavor finish.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2010  | Send Email
I love this Champagne. The time spent on the lees is clearly reflected in the weight and roundness that lend to the buttery and yeasty toasted brioche quality. Wonderful wine to kick off the night.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/13/2009  | Send Email
Eric de Brisis from Champagne Baron Fuente just visited us (3/11/09) here at K&L, and we had a great time with him. We did tastings in both the San Francisco and Redwood City stores and had a lot of good customers come and taste. The star of the tasting was this Esprit. Not many Champagne houses make a non-vintage wine like this, with such a suave texture from long aging, and none at such a low price. This is elegant Champagne for sure; not at all austere, yet in no way sweet, a balanced and fine aperitif.
Top Value!

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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 (%): 12.5