Charles Ellner "Premier Cru" Brut Champagne

SKU #1235548 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Coming from premier cru vineyards, this lively wine is beautifully ripe with a balanced dosage lying under the white and yellow fruitiness. The fruit gives the wine a rich character, full and creamy in the mouth and ready to drink.  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 There's a yeasty note to this Champagne, with lightly honeyed flavors of pear, bread dough and red berries, all focused by fresh, citrusy acidity. It's quite firm and lively, but well-balanced, with lingering notes of graham cracker and smoke on the finish.  (12/2010)

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
Very serious Champagne for the under $40 category. With a full 6 years on the lees, there is a depth and complexity here that we often have to pay much more for in the world of Champagne. This extended aging time lends a soft and supple touch to the palate, it effortlessly delivers notes Cara Cara orangeand Bosc pear, fresh baked bread lingers on the finish. This is a great new direct import project for us, and the quality in all the wines has been just amazing when you look at how affordable they are!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
This is really a classic offering from the exceptional little negociant whose own vines produce some of champagnes finest offerings. Creamy rich nose with biscuits and a surprisingly strong showing from the Pinot. Bright red fruit aromatics translate on the palate and the wide mouth feel is balanced by great structure and hint of the pinot savoriness at the end. Another stupendous one from Ellner that sparkles as brightly in the glass as it does on the label.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Don't let the purple glitter label and killer price fool you: this is serious, elegant Champagne. 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, all of which is estate fruit, the Charles Ellner Premier Cru really showcases the strength of terroir. There is a freshness here, with notes of bright cherry and a brioche quality. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the Ellner lineup, but this clean, complex beauty may be it.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2016 | Send Email
Ask someone to describe me, and you'll get a myriad of responses: "Witty", "Generous" "A snappy dresser". Most importantly, however, I'm widely known as a movie freak. And so, I found myself about to taste Charles Ellner's 1er Cru Champagne, which he has simply named "PREMIER CRU". What was my first thought? WHY HAS THEIR NOT BEEN A MOVIE with this title? It's so evocative. So dramatic and up front with its intention. After tasting, I realized my answer. No movie, no matter how good, could possibly live up to the craftsmanship that is expressed here in this amazing Champagne. It tells a story, and as such, has a wonderful three-act-structure: Vibrant cherry and blackberry on the nose; A rich and creamy texture that you wouldn't expect from a Chard based wine; And finally... A third-act climax of pear, toast, and just the right amount of acidity! No, there is no movie called PREMIER CRU (until I write it), but we can rest assured that the name has found a fitting home on this AMAZING WINE!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
I love richness and fruit in Champagne and because of that Charles Ellner is a new producer that I am definitely keeping my eyes on. Typically I prefer more Pinot Noir in my champagne to give it that quality, but I was super impressed by this bottling when I tasted it. Although two thirds of it is Chardonnay there is lots of stone fruit and pear notes with a warm golden nose. A little hint of toast and a crisp finish round this bottle out and make it so easy to drink and it is under $40 which is just awesome.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
This Champagne comes entirely from the 1er cru vineyards of Dizy, Rilly-la-Montagne, Sermieres and Champillon. It is composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir with over six years of ageing on the lees. The current batch is based on 2006. This has the personality of a Champagne with much more Pinot Noir than the composition suggests. I love the black cherry on toast aromas and the incredible hazelnut depth on the palate. This is very concentrated, serious Champagne.

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France

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