2007 Aubry "Le Nombre d'Or Sable" Brut
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Brut Le Nombre d'Or Campaniae Veteres Vites captures the Aubry style at its very best. White flowers, citrus, crushed rocks and fresh mint are supported by clean, piercing veins of acidity in this vibrant, chiseled Champagne. I especially like the energy and pure focus of the 2007. A wine of true pedigree and personality, the 2007 should drink nicely for a number of years. Today, it is exceptionally beautiful, but it could use another year in bottle. The 2007 is 30% Chardonnay, 30% Petit Meslier, 20% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. Disgorgement date: June 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from 30% chardonnay, 30% petit meslier, 20% arbanne and 20% pinot blanc, with a very low dosage of 2 g/l; disgorged June, 2012): Light yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of orchard fruits, tangerine, chamomile and anise, along with a suggestion of ginger and a mounting floral element. Firm and dry in the mouth, with chewy pear skin and citrus flavors giving way to deeper peach and nectarine on the back half. Shows a suave blend of richness and energy, finishing very long, with lingering spiciness and minerality.
Attractively mature, this has a toast flavor that combines delicately with citrus and pineapple notes. Tight, crisp and textured, it is delicious and fragrant. This includes old Champagne varieties, including the unusual Arbanne and Petit Meslier.
Praise from Wine Advocate: "Aubry crafts some of the most exciting and distinctive wines in Champagne. This small, family-run estate is one of the few properties in the region to use Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau – traditional grapes seldom seen today. There is a purity to the fruit at Aubry that is striking. The wines typically see very low dosage of just 2-3 grams. The truth is these wines don’t need much. Readers should do whatever they can to taste these unique, compelling Champagnes." (11/2012)