Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne

SKU #1049403

This super rare bottling is made with some of the nearly extinct, native varietals of Champagne. It is composed of 40% Meslier, 40% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. I think it is the best of the excellent Ariston portfolio, and it was my favorite Champagne from my 2009 trip. The nose has only hints of exoticism; the overall impression is of rich cream and toast, but underneath is a hint of pine and exotic white fruit from the old varieties. On the palate the Champagne makes for a double take: it is very rich and textural, but finishes with a laser beam of chalky acidity that just goes on and on. It is fantastic first-course Champagne, and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. We tried it with both foie and oysters to equal delight! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/13/2012  | Send Email
A special treat for Champagne lovers. I have tasted this the Cepages d'Antan twice in the last 6 months and it just keeps getting better.It is balanced and elegant, with just enough fruit, beautiful bubbles and a nice dry finish.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2011  | Send Email
The "Cepages d'Antan" from Ariston is a truly special Champagne. True, it is a one-of-a-kind in terms of its rare varietal makeup - 40% Meslier, 40% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc - but there's way more to it than novelty. Aromas of delicate citrus, wet hay, and blossom lift above biscuity undertones. The palate is rich and creamy, with a full mousse, which builds toward a chrystaline finish that is Chablis-like in its chalky persistence. Its power is understated and unexpected; its elegance refined. Though especially awesome with caviar, it has the profile to complement both light and rich foods ranging from delicate to intense flavors. This Champagne will inspire and delight if saved for a special occasion, and will impress any connoisseur if given as a gift this holiday season.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/10/2009  | Send Email
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Wow! I can honestly say that I have never tried a Champagne like this before! I first had it at our Champagne Tent Event in Redwood City and again last week (11/3). A very exotic blend of Pinot Blanc, Meslier and Arbane. White fruits such as pear, lychee and white nectarine. Add toasted pine nuts, some chalk and you have it. One of the most interesting Champagnes in the company. You already love the Rose, now try something very different. Versatile enough to start a meal with or to have with a main course. The Ariston family has done it again!

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France

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