Charles Ellner "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (Previously $35)

SKU #1300386 91 points Wine Spectator

 A firm and focused version, with a creamy mousse and a chalky, mineral-driven underpinning, this offers tightly knit flavors of black cherry, biscuit and slivered almond, revealing a hint of salinity on the finish. Drink now through 2020.  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
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This champagne is great and complex on every level. The palette is toasty and loaded with acidic citrus and apple notes. The Charles Ellner NV grande reserve is exceptional to any dinner party, and it's at a great price. Definitely worth checking out, if you love bubbles.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2017 | Send Email
One of my favorite things about Charles Ellner is his use of all estate fruit in his Grand Reserve. A chardonnay heavy sparkling, about 60%, bringing notes of fresh green apple, and dry white stone to the table. The blend of pinot noir keeps it level and rounder on a palate that is carried along by an acidity that won't quit!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
The Charles Ellner Grande Reserve Brut spends a minimum of four years on the lees, imparting toasted hazlenut aromas and flavors of spiced dried apricot and golden delicious apple, almond meringue and distinct, insistent minerality. Crafted from all Estate Fruit in Epernay, these bubbles are lively and sensual on the palate, and perfect for any celebration or occasion.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
Although Charles Ellner is technically a negociant the wines we carry from the line are all from their estate fruit rather than purchase fruit. Despite this we are able to offer their all estate wines at fantastic prices thanks to DI. Charles Ellner wines all have wonderful rich fruit in them and this Grande Reserve is no exception to this rule. Toasty lemon with rich creamy fruit and enough acid to keep this wine fresh and moving. This is a fun, indulgent little bottle that will please anyone wanting an excuse to celebrate everyday.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
This is a rare example of a Champagne that can appeal to any person and style of Champagne drinker. This bottling is made from all estate fruit, with a slightly higher percentage of Chardonnay (60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir) and spends four years sur lees. All of these elements together, from the higher acidity of the Chardonnay, to the richness and heavier mouthfeel of the lees aging add up to create an extremely well-balanced Champagne. Charles Ellner is a great producer that should be on everyone's radar, whether new to Champagne, or an old pro.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
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You don't have to give up extreme quality to have a reasonably priced Champagne, Gary's finds over the years have proven that to me, the Ellner Grand Reserve is yet another example. All Estate fruit and 4+ years on the lees give you an idea of what they're willing to do to put such quality in this bottle. It's a great and classic Champagne, lightly oaked with a wonderful ripe green apple fruit and an easy palate feel. A definite crowd pleaser here, this bottle is very flexible for drinking as an aperitif or perhaps with a grilled halibut steak
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2017 | Send Email
On my recent visit to Charles Ellner, I particularly loved the Grande Reserve, a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from all estate-grown fruit. This non-vintage cuvée is based on 2009 with over a third from older reserves, and has that great balance of power and freshness that really excites me in Champagne. The green apple flavors of a blocked malo bottling were balanced by great brioche flavors—it it had it all!

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