By: Keith Wollenberg |
K&L Staff Member |
Review Date: 2/7/2014
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This is champagne that should sell for $100+. If is made entirely from Grand Cru fruit, averaging more than 45 years of vine age. It is all from Bouzy, a village known for its Pinot Noir, with south-facing vineyards (which is important in this high latitude). The nose promises red fruit and hints of brioche. It is rich and complex on the palate. But what really excites me is the acidity--2004 is a cooler vintage, with great promise for aging. If you are in Bouzy, this means that you have the ripeness and richness, but also have the focus, drive and energy that makes this truly exciting.
To get a better champagne, you will spend at least $150, and even then, this will stand up and be counted. If you can, buy some for now and some for your cellar. Later, you will be delighted you followed my advice if you do so. I know I am putting some away in my personal cellar!