2006 Thienot "Cuvée Garance" Brut Blanc de Rouges Champagne

SKU #1128577 93 points Wine Spectator

 Flavors of crème de cassis, red licorice, toasted hazelnut, honey, apricot and smoky mineral are finely knit,focused by vibrant acidity and a lively bead. Accessible now, but this has the structure for cellaring. Drink now through 2026.  (11/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold with a hint of peach skin. Pungent aromas of blood orange, rose and buttered toast, with a hint of star anise in the background. At once lively and deep, offering fresh citrus fruit and red berry flavors and a bitter rhubarb nuance. Closes clean and long, with resonating spice and floral notes.  (12/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A rare Champagne made only from red grapes, this dry wine is marked by an intense acidity that needs time to soften. At the moment, lemon flavor dominates, but with time, the crispness of fruit should round out. It’s a wine that should age for many years. Drink from 2015.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This bottling is named after Garance Thienot, who handles the communications and marketing for the family firm. They have chosen to call this Champagne "blanc de rouges" instead of "blanc de noirs" because of the effort that they put into keeping the wine feminine. This is 100% Pinot Noir and a large proportion of the fruit comes from the grand cru Ay that the family purchased from Krug as well as from Garance's own personal vines in the village of Tauxieres, on the border with Bouzy. This is one of the most intriguing, delicate examples of pure Pinot Champagne that I have tasted, and the quality of the fruit reminded me very much of Volnay even if the wine was straw golden in color. This very elegant, lifted wine won't make you doubt it's all Pinot Noir composition and the long chalky finish will leave you wanting more. Like all of the Thienot vintage wines, this bottling is entirely estate grown from the families nearly seventy acres of vines. This was one of the discoveries of my 2013 trip! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/15/2013  | Send Email
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This 100% Pinot Noir offering from Thienot is just amazing with duck, as I found out at Ame restaurant recently. It has a fascinating nose of pomegranate, apricot and peach. A graceful palate of dark, red fruits, toasted nuts and (yes!) minerality. Initially lush, with a tightly wound finish. Pretty much everything here to satisfy any Champagne lover!

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/6/2013  | Send Email
This comes from 100% Pinot Noir, all Grand and Premier Cru rated vineyards in Ay, and it tastes like it. But it manages to be soft and feminine and attractive in character, rather than big and rich. It reminds me of a Chambolle, if it were made into a sparkling white. Lovely chalky minerality, and a long finish make this terrifically attractive.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/27/2013  | Send Email
Even a guy as lucky as me doesn't get the chance to drink a bottle of Champagne at dinner with the woman it was named after very often! Last night Garance Thienot hosted a spectacular dinner at the Plumed Horse in Saratoga, and poured her 2006 Thienot Cuvee Garance Blanc De Rouges. This is an exceptional all Pinot Champagne that has the full flavor that one would expect, but a level of elegance uncommon in even the lightest of blanc de blancs. This wine was spectacular with the Diamond T Quail with brioche and dried apricots and I can't wait to try it again with some pate!
Drink from 2013 to 2026

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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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.