Demoiselle "Téte de Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml) (Elsewhere $14)

SKU #1120429 92 points Wine Spectator

 A focused Champagne, offering tightly wound flavors of toast, honeyed apple, lemon peel, white pepper and ginger. Smoky, with sophisticated polish and a fresh, lightly floral finish. Drink now through 2021.  (12/ 2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The style of this creamy wine seems to have become drier, giving a steely tight character to go with the apple and citrus flavors. The result is attractive, very fresh, ready to drink.  (12/ 2011)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Yellow-gold. A fruity, aromatic bouquet evokes ripe pear, melon and tangerine, with vanilla and floral notes adding complexity. Plush honeydew and orchard fruit flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and show a subtle spiciness. Notes of vanilla and floral honey linger on a long, juicy finish.  (12/ 2010)

K&L Notes

This is an incredible 1/2 off deal on very tasty 1/4 bottles of Champagne! The Demoiselle Tete du Cuvee Brut Champagne is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir and goes through primary fermentation in 100% stainless steel. It completes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and is then bottled and aged for three years on the lees. The Champagne is quite golden in color, with a touch of green from the high Chardonnay content and has a decadent, generous nose that the Pinot dominates. Flavors of buttered toast, apples and even a bit of chanterelle mushroom unfold on the complex palate. This is very vinous, potent Champagne with quite a bit of length. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Cindy Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/14/2013  | Send Email
Where form meets function. Real Champagne, travel sized. Baked apples and toast on the nose, medium bodied, with a long round finish. At $5.99 a pop, I plan to stash one of these babies everywhere. Glovebox, First Aid kit, Emergency Gift Closet...the possibilities are endless.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/8/2013  | Send Email
"Rollin' dirty." Most of us do it from time to time. You know, that bag of Cheetos, the fast food lunch. You may take a look at the 187ml format, the non-traditional Champagne closure on this bottle, and feel as though you are "rollin' dirty." However, what is inside this bottle is real Champagne. The Demoiselle has no snob appeal. We are not extolling the sourcing of grand cru vineyards here. Top grand marque or RM Champagne this is not. It is, though, a solid deal. And, depending on the circumstances under which you enjoy this little Demoiselle, you may in fact find yourself rollin' dirty.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/5/2013  | Send Email
This is the best tasting split (1/4 sized bottle) that I have ever had. This size is tricky to find top quality in, because the wine is decanted from larger bottles (that have been bottle fermented) rather than doing the process in the split. Cinnamon and I tasted two side by side, and this rich, toasty and still very fresh Champagne will make lots of friends, especially at this unbelievable price! Crack one anytime!
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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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.