Thienot Brut Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Lemon curd, quince, white flowers, honey and vanilla on the fragrant nose. Taut, refreshingly bitter citrus pith and toasty lees flavors give way to richer melon and peach with air, with honeysuckle and ginger notes adding complexity. A pungent, waxy note carries through the smoky expansive finish.
Wine & Spirits
There’s precision to the minerality of this wine, a serious streak of limestone under bright, candied fruit. It’s a full, generous style, ready for poached prawns.
Alain Thiénot’s non vintage is ripe, rich and full-bodied—a departure from typical house style. It has signifcant weight on the palate with yellow- and citrus-fruit flavors, and a soft, generous feel. The finish is crisp, exhibiting acidity laced with lime.
Almond paste and yeast notes mix with flavors of cut apple, smoke, honey, sea salt and biscuit in this lightly creamy, mouthwatering version, with moderate length. (Web-2013)
This Champagne was the surprise of the 2013 Oscars--the small upstart house that kicked out Moet! Drink with the stars! It is composed of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier. The light gold color and big brioche, cream and baked apple nose gives way to a wine that is packed with power and complexity on the palate. This full-bodied Champagne has a luscious finish that is very impressive. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)