2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut Champagne

SKU #1133813 91 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and focused, this structured version offers a well-meshed range of dried apricot, almond biscotti and cassis flavors, showing a clean chalkiness to the texture. Drink now through 2026.  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

Baron Fuente is a négociant that owns almost 90 acres of vines and purchases another 90 acres "sur pied," meaning that they pick the grapes. This is an important distinction since many négociants buy "sur lattes," meaning in bottle! The Grand Millésimé is a blend of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir that spent more than five years on the lees. -Gary Westby

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2015 | Send Email
Hello, a vintage Champagne for $30 bucks? This seems to good to be true, but it is. Capturing the ripe vintage of 2006, this wine oozes aromas of baked pastry and lemon. The palate is clean, and elegant with a silky mouthfeel. You don't have to be the rich and famous to drink like one. Get a bottle, you will be pleasantly surprised.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2015 | Send Email
What a value in vintage Champagne! A lovely wine, very vinous and pure. Citrus, baked orchard fruit, chalk and richer notes of buttered toast. This wine shows the richness and texture of the warm 2006 vintage (warm is a relative term in Champagne remember!) but is perfectly balanced by Ignace Baron's very deft use of a lower dosage on this bottling of around 8g/l. A crowd pleasing wine and one that means we can all drink vintage Champagne on a Tuesday night wine budget! Nice work Gary Westby!
Top Value!

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2015 | Send Email
As many Champagne prices have been substantially increasing this last year, I was beginning to believe that it would be very difficult for our Champagne buyer, Gary Westby, to be able to find in the near future really great Champagne at respectable prices. Welll...several months ago he discovered an amazingly great production, 2008 Louis Brison, which our entire wine staff went bonkers over, with an e-mail, with all our write-ups, going out to all of you, resulting in the sale of 3,600 bottles flying out our doors in only several hours (by the way, Gary has more of this Gem coming one last time, some 6,000 bottles - but it won’t be here for another two to three months). Sooo, just when I thought that this was an anomaly, he brings in this Gem, the 2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millesime," another great vintage and a great Champagne at a ridiculously low price. Very, very fine bead in appearance with lush, toasty, nutty, doughy qualities on the nose, this incredible Champagne of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (30%), and Pinot Meunier (30%) shows an excellent complex, broad, viscous presentation across a well structured, excellent acid backbone palate impression. The finish is rich and deeply flavored, and long. Rizzo has demanded that I bring home at least a case of this Gem before it gets gobbled up by all our discerning customers. ***** 12.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
Such an elegant expression of Champagne, this wine shows the riper character of the 2006 vintage but with excellent balance. Pure, clean fruit with depth and length but fresh and clean. Not a toasty rich style just pure minerality for a superb vintage Champagne.....what? Wait I just saw the price? Holy Cow! What a steal!!!
Drink from 2015 to 2018

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
Great complexity in a vintage Champagne for $30...come on! The '06 Baron Fuente "GM" has a bouquet of apple, pear, some plum-cherry red fruit character, pie crust, dried orange peel and a yeasty note. The palate is rich and concentrated with a creamy texture and good acid line that bring you to a layered, long finish. A great value in Champagne.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
The '06 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" is both refined and expressive. With 5+ years of lees time, it characterizes a genuinely toasty profile that's seldom found in the sub-$30 price category. These bubbles show stewed apples, Bosc pear and brioche on the palate, then taper into a lengthy, warm finish.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2015 | Send Email
Such amazing value for vintage Champagne. This beautiful expression of a vintage that was beautifully sunny and warm shows off pretty notes of biscuit and perfectly ripened stone fruits on the nose. Followed a very clean and zesty palate, Citrus, orange cream and golden apple cascade over a fine and well integrated bead. Pretty amazing stuff for $30!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2015 | Send Email
Tasting this wine in Epernay with Baron Fuente's Eric de Brissis was a great experience. I loved the wine for its poised creaminess, lovely nutty flavors and clean, long finish. This is a very elegant, subtle bottle of wine that will impress the most jaded of palates. In my notebook from that day, I wrote "tastes expensive"... Then he showed me the price. Deals like this don't come every day, and I would suggest that you join me in buying a case, or maybe two!
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2021

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