Delamotte Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
The nose here is super chalky, showing dried white flowers, sweetly fragrant yeast elements, lemon rind and a little pepper - very pure. The palate has a refined core of quite dry lemon citrus flavor; crunchy, crisp and even, pure and uncluttered. Drink now.
Light yellow. Mineral-tinged peach, melon and pear aromas display excellent clarity, picking up a subtle floral quality with aeration. Supple and seamless on the palate, offering vivid honeydew and pit fruit flavors accented by a vibrant lemon zest quality. Finishes very long, silky and precise, with an echo of juicy melon and strong mineral lift. (JR)
A streak of smoky mineral underscores the pretty floral, ripe apple and pastry notes of this fresh, open-knit Champagne. A hint of toasted hazelnut rides the fine bead through to the finish. Drink now through 2018.
A fairly classic look at Blanc de Blancs and a wine that leads with minerally, mildly yeasty aromas that no more than distantly hint at a touch of lemony fruit, this sleek, very crisply balanced effort follows suit once on the palate with a gentle, but insistent mousse. It is delicate yet deep and does not want for character, and it hits all of the right marks of the genre.
Grand Cru Chardonnay from le Mesnil, Oger, Avize. 48 months on yeast. Signature of the house. Base is 2006. Quite a bit of age on the nose. Racy and quite delicate on the palate. Well made -- just the right quality of fizz. Quite long. 17/20 points.
This is 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, rich, with a surprisingly delicate quality, round yet mineral. It features a rose-like nose with citrus and ginger, and in the mouth hints of biscuit and bread crust. Fantastic with rich, creamy seafood dishes especially.