Pommery "Brut Apanage" Champagne (Previously $50.)

SKU #1055326 91 points Wine Spectator

 Dry and toasty, this has good cut and a light chalkiness structuring flavors of green pear, cassis, toasted brioche and a hint of almond cream. Offers a lasting, juicy finish of smoky mineral and dried fruit. Drink now through 2018.  (11/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir and 20% pinot meunier; L12432038): Bright yellow-gold. Aromas and flavors of lemon, pear, fig and honeysuckle, with a hint of toasty lees. Dry, juicy and focused, with nicely integrated acidity adding bite to a nervy finish. Clean and straightforward Champagne that would match well with delicate seafood preparations.  (12/ 2012)

Wine & Spirits

 Golden maturity shows in the color of the wine and its autumnal scents of pumpkin, spice and apples. Acidity keeps the flavors from broadening out, holding them with a buzz of chalk dust. Serve this with roast game hens.  (12/ 2010)

Wine Enthusiast

 Pommery’s nonvintage is very much in the light, feathery house style. It is a wine that floats in the mouth, aided by a fine mousse. The finish is soft, with delicate acidity.  (7/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This Champagne was made by Pommery specifically for pairing with food. It is aged six months longer than the Brut Royal, for a total of 42 months on the lees. The dosage is lower, and the selection far more strict: only half of the forty villages that go into the Royal make the cut for the Apanage. I would suggest pairing this with a rich fish dish, or even a chicken entrée with a cream sauce. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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