When you factor in the quality that this vintage Champagne delivers and how well it's drinking, the value it offers is really impressive. Blanc des Millénaires is sourced from the Côte des Blancs' best sites - the Grand Crus of Avize, Mesnil, Oger and Cramant and the 1er Cru Vertus. From there, it spends over 15 years in gallo-roman chalk cellars dating from the 2nd century. To say that Charles Heidsieck goes above and beyond with Blanc des Millénaires is an understatement.
Few, if any producers, have supplied me with as many stunning bottles of White Burgundy as Ramonet.For decades, Ramonet, along with Coche-Dury and Leflaive, has represented the absolute pinnacle of White Burgundy.
The headliner for both of these is their chalky cut followed up by citrus zest and emphatic saline tang. Zehnkommanull kicks the fineness and concentration level up, but the extra complexity is delivered with a whisper-like subtlety.
Many of the wines on offer today are things that I never get to offer - wines like Rousseau, Roumier Cras, Fourrier CSJ, d'Angerville Ducs mags.
The Dönnhoff 2013 represents blazing acidity married to high extracts and modest, old-school ripeness levels. The wines reach a brilliant equilibrium.
This is only Vallin's second year in production, and the improvement from year one to two is impressive—especially given how much we liked it the first time around. That first year, this was eye-opening, an example of a game changing new guard in California. Now that they're more established, this is just really fantastic wine.
In 2011, Chave's St. Joseph has reached a whole new level. We've been fans of St. Joseph for many years, but the 2011 is special.
D'Angerville's 2011 has been one of my favorites since I tasted them a year ago. The more I taste them the more I'm convinced that they are some of the greatest success stories of the vintage.
The range of mags on offer today encompasses Fevre's overachieving 1er Cru Vaulorent to Dauvissat's Grand Cru Les Clos and points between.
Dutraive's Fleurie Grand’Cour VV is Fleurie with muscle. Think Fleurie by way of Gevrey. Fleurie is known for being feminine and floral, and there's florality for sure. To that, though, add a dose of brawn. Overall, Grand’Cour VV introduces a new range of textures and flavors for the appellation.