Marguet Pere et Fils "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Champagne 1.5L
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, from Ambonnay; disgorged January, 2011): Light, bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes pear, chamomile, smoky minerals and spices, along with a touch of candied rose. Smoke-accented blood orange and orchard fruit flavors show good intensity and pick up a buttery quality with air. Closes with very good chewy persistence and lingering florality. This shows more vivacity than last year's release.
Now in magnum! This rich and powerful Champagne has tons of Pinot Noir muscle and plenty of yeasty, toasty flavor. I find it to be one of my favorites with richer appetizers (think paté or stuffed mushrooms) or even the main course! It is very rare to see an all Grand Cru Champagne at this price, but with our direct buy (from Mr. Benoit Marguet) we are able to offer a spectacular value with this wine. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)