Yes, even in our humble $159 case, we can still afford a sip of Champagne now and then. This one is a real find, with notable age on it, and lots of subtle biscuit notes. You save about $5 a bottle over the Grand Marques, but give up nothing.
The NV Brut Premier is a gorgeous wine that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of wines in its price range. Apparently, it is quite possible to make great Champagne that doesn't cost a small fortune. Ripe pears, smoke, spices, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many nuances that emerge from the glass. The Brut Premier shows lovely mid-palate depth and fabulous overall balance. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has done it again. This is a fabulous Brut Premier. The Brut Premier is based on the 2007 vintage, with approximately 20% 2006 wines and 10% older reserves going back to 1996. The blend is approximately 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. About 50% of the base wines underwent malolactic fermentation. Dosage is 9-10 grams per liter. This is Lot # L034638B102206. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.
This brisk, 100% Pinot Noir sparkler is one of the best values in sparkling wine on the market. It’s meticulously made by Lucien Albrecht, one of Alsace's most respected producers, according to the traditional "champagne method." The wonderful varietal flavors of the Pinot Noir call the tune here, providing an unbeatable combination of vivacious strawberry/cranberry fruit, and creamy, easygoing charm. A perfect pairing for Thanksgiving roast turkey, glazed ham and creamy side dishes, this rosé’s exuberance also makes it a terrific sparkler to have on hand for all of your holiday entertaining.
Although relatively simple compared to Valdo and Zenato, Mionettooffers crowd-pleasing notes of fresh lime, ginger, and yellow apple. Its soft finish makes it highly suitable for sipping by itself as an aperitif. However, I also found it matched well with cut fruit and light hors d'oeuvres.
A smoky, fresh rosé, lightly chalky in texture, showing delicate flavors of crème de cassis, gumdrop, grilled plum and ground spice. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2018.