Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne

SKU #1038756 92 points Wine Spectator

 Creamy in texture, with mouthwatering acidity enlivening rich notes of bread dough, black currant, lemon curd, pastry cream and blanched almonds. Shows fine balance and length. (AN)  (12/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 As with other Champagnes in the producer's range, this blends three vintages, giving it extra richness and depth of fruit flavor. Its toasty edge suggests it has also been aged in bottle. Attractive and ripe, it's ready to drink. (RV)  (6/2017)

90 points James Suckling

 A tangy and fruity Champagne with lemon and pie-crust character, as well as cooked-apple notes. Medium body. Bright and fruity.  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

This super well-balanced bottle of Champagne gets an astoundingly luxurious seven years of aging on the lees. It is very rare to find something so reasonably priced that is aged for so long. Composed of even parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, it is fermented in stainless steel. 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. The Esprit has a very high-quality sourdough toastiness arrived at honestly from the long aging on the lees. It is round and easy to drink, with flavors of hazelnuts contrasting its nice citrus zip. The perfect thing to serve as an elegant aperitif at an important dinner party! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2019 | Send Email
I’m prepared to argue that no other house, chateau, domaine, or estate offers the same quality-to-value ratio that Baron Fuenté offers our customers, and the “Esprit” is exhibit A. How many boutique products that take nearly 8 years to make cost less than $40? Not to mention it is made entirely from the top quality, estate-owned, riverside vines of the western Marne Valley. Lemon meringue, cream, butterscotch and a touch of hazelnut on the nose. On the palate, a rich texture that leads to a long, zippy finish with beautiful minerality.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2019 | Send Email
Seven years on lees does magical things to champagne. The bead is incredibly fine with a mousse that tickles the palate. Of course this wine also offers lovely brioche-y and red apples, with a lingering flavor of apple skin, reminding you to go back for another sip.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2019 | Send Email
Another absolutely smashing value from Baron Fuente- the undisputed king of the K&L direct import program. This champagne sees a full seven years on the lees- he honest and true way to obtain that ultra-classy texture most champagne drinkers associate with a very high price tag. The nose is wonderfully toasty, and reminds me of baked apple pastry in whole wheat pie crust. There is a soft beaded minerality to the finish, clean and creamy crushed rock balance out that rich fruit and dough beautifully.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2019 | Send Email
This stuff is bomb. I like to tell people I'm drinking more champagne recently, but I'm really just drinking more Baron-Fuente, and this offering, age seven full years on the lees, is my favorite of the bunch. A rich and incredibly creamy texture that carries almond danish notes over lemon meringue and dusty minerality that begs you to keep drinking it. Valentine's Day is almost here, and if you already splurged on the other trappings here's a relatively affordable option that can hang with the best of them.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2017 | Send Email
I recently took a bottle of this home, not having tasted it in a couple of years, and I was struck by just how good this offering from our only Direct Import negociant truly is. The long aging on the lees give this wine a natural toastiness while maintaining plenty of bright acid. Notes of baked apple, creme brulee, and lemon zest make this a wine that pairs with food especially well in the fall. An absolutely lovely bottle from our friends at Baron-Fuente.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
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A prime illustration of what can be achieved in a Champagne with long aging on the lees, in this case seven full years, all to elaborate and define the essence of brioche, hazelnuts and toast that are characteristic of such extended contact. Even more remarkable is the generously modest price for this patient waiting game, a sparkler that expresses ‘’esprit to the core’, with resplendent notes of crisp lemon, bosc pear, cherry and chiffon cream, a sophisticated Champagne created for any and all occasions that involve fine food, the spirit of celebration, friendship and joy.

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2015 | Send Email
We just tasted through the line of wines from Baron Fuente, and I must say, they a s good as I can ever remember. The Grand Reserve is a no-brainer for the money as is '06 vintage for $30! But, I really was impressed with the "Esprit" with 7 years on the lees for $35. Made from a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Esprit offers a light smoky, toasty note with nutty accents on a rich frame with honey, pear and lemon zest. Wonderful acidity and minerals complement on the palate with grace and fine persistence.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely gorgeous. Brioch, Tropical fruit, more yeast! Cherries and then cherries! Lemon cream. Mountains of acid and cherries and cream. What a steal.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2015 | Send Email
Aged 7 years on the lees for under $35? Bring on the celebration! Yeasty nose with hints of caramel and plenty of autolytic characteristics (brioche!), plus chocolate and some dark cherry. While this is starting to sound more like a pastry than a beautiful bottle of wine, rest assured that these descriptors just mean this elegant Champagne is delicious.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
For those Champagne fans who are forever chasing the toasty rich style of Champagne, but lamenting the prices that those styles command, this wine is for you. The Esprit from Baron Fuente spends a very impressive 8 years on the lees, developing all of the brioche-y goodness you can ask for, for a ridiculously inexpensive price tag. Toasty with sourdough toast and almond right out of the glass, the palate evolves into baked phyllo and toasted walnuts. Long and full at the back, with Almond Roca and a freshness of white peppermint that lifts the finish just perfectly.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2015 | Send Email
The Baron Fuente Esprit gets an amazing five years of ageing on the lees. Not many Champagne houses make a non-vintage wine like this, with such a suave texture from long aging, and none at such a low price. This is elegant Champagne for sure; not at all austere, yet in no way sweet, a balanced and fine aperitif. If you want to find out what expensive tasting Champagne is all about, this is a great bottle to try... And it isn't expensive!
Top Value!

By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2012 | Send Email
Wow, 7 years on the lees!! You really get the rich, deep complexity from that extended sur lie aging in this bubbly. Delicious!

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2011 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite direct import Champagnes because it is seamless from start to finish. Very elegant but brilliantly intense as well. Using all stainless steel and spending 7 years on the lees gives the wine its smooth and creamy texture with that nutty brioche and layers of complexity. Triple cream on the nose with pommace fruit on the mid palate and a crisp finish.

By: Gary Lai | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2010 | Send Email
Absolutely, delightfully delicious! Medium weight with earthy mushroom, nutty tones. Clean and bright, with a little vanilla flavor finish.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5