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.
Vividly pink, like crushed strawberry, this exuberant wine is—as its name suggests—on the dry end of the spectrum. The acidity is dominant, but it is balanced and there are vivid red currant flavors, and a texture of tight fruit skins.
One of the best vintages since the great 2002, this is a sophisticated, fruit- and yeast-driven wine. It has a delicate touch, with its white fruit flavors well integrated into the toasty and tangy texture. It will age for many more years.