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Baron-Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne (375ml)

SKU #1051967 90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Baron-Fuenté’s non-vintage Brut bottling is composed of a blend of sixty percent Pinot Meunier, thirty percent Chardonnay and ten percent Pinot Noir, with all the vins clairs all fermented in stainless steel. It is a full malo wine and is aged three years sur latte, being finished with a dosage of nine grams per liter. I am not sure if this is the same release I reported on last year or a new cuvée, but the wine is showing very well. The bouquet offers up a fine constellation of white peach, apple, lovely Meunier floral tones, a touch of patissière, lovely minerality and a hint of lemon zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a good core, a fine sense of bounce, elegant mousse and lovely cut and grip on the seamless and classy finish. Fine juice, with plenty of Pinot Meunier delicacy in evidence on the palate. 90+ Inner quote mark (5/2016)


Outer quote mark Light gold. Fresh melon, orange and peach on the fruity nose and in the mouth. Supple and broad on the palate, showing a hint of warmth on the back half. In an easygoing style, finishig with gentle cut and good length. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a ripe wine with attractive acidity and layers of apple and creamed-pear fruitiness. Still fresh and tangy, the wine has a lively mousse to balance the gentle, soft aftertaste. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A firm bead and lively acidity structure this broad bubbly, with tightly knit flavors of white raspberry, candied lemon zest, pickled ginger and salted almond. (AN) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

K&L Notes

This is a delicious little half bottle! Baron Fuente is a negociant 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 negociants buy "sur lattes" - meaning in bottle! This delicious Champagne is composed of 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 60% Pinot Meunier and had been aged three years on the lees. It is fermented at relatively cold temperatures in stainless steel with 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine has a very light, white gold color for the blend, predominantly black grapes, and a very pretty, tight bead. On the nose it is flowery and exotic, with a doughy richness to anchor down the wildflower elements. On the palate the wine is well balanced, light, and finishes very cleanly. This Champagne is a spectacular aperitif.

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By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2018 | Send Email
Pretty apple and tart peach with ginger, almond skin and some saline.Broad on the palate with a light feel. 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay & 60% Munier. 100% Malolactic fermentation. A pretty Champagne at a reasonable price. Perhaps a second bottle?

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
This is such a delightful little version of one of our most sought-after Champagnes, with light aromas of goldenrod, Golden Delicious apple and chalky minerals. The blend is 60 percent Meunier, which accounts for the distinctly delicate, clean and spicy quality of the fruit. With 2.5 years in the lees, there's just enough aging on the lees to create a perfect balance.

By: Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Need a half bottle of Champagne for pre-gaming or just don't have anyone to share a full size bottle with? Here you go! Everything to love about Champagne is in this bottle, at an unbeatable price. Aromatic, toasty and refreshing, this is a great way to start any evening!

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Often with smaller Champagne bottles, they are aged one year less on the lees than the 750s since a smaller bottle will age with oxygen a little faster. But since Baron Fuente ages their 750s for twice as long as required, this half bottle is aged 6 months longer than some other Champagne houses. With that oxygen aging, you will get the characteristics you would find in an older bottle of champagne much quicker- a great way to see how your bottle may take form! The Grand Reserve has a rich toasted nose with scents of brioche and broad inviting earthiness. Mostly Meunier brings a soft elegance and deep fruit character by adding depth and complexity to the wine. A bit of crushed red apple fruit and skins with fresh sweet citrus carry the warm palate from start to finish.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Consistently my favorite go-to bubble for it's freshness, deft touch and biscuity aromas, the Fuente has always punched well above its fighting weight. Much like Golidlocks, I put Fuente in my "Just Right" category. It hits all the marks of balanced fruit, doughy yeast and crunchy acidity to give me everything I want in Champagne and in this half bottle format makes it too easy to knock one of these "puppies" back as a single serving on a near-daily basis.

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