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ROBERT, A 05 BDB
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$39.98
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ANDRE ROBERT 05 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS

It was exactly a year ago that we introduced Andre Robert Champagnes to our readers with a feature on their spiffy Cuvée de Reserve. That Champagne was a fine value and sold briskly at forty dollars. Remarkably, we are now able to offer the estate’s Grand Cru vintage bottling for the same modest price. We know the dollar has strengthened a bit, but we were slack-jawed, like a broken Pez dispenser, when the importer told us the cost. Are you sure you are quoting us for a 12-bottle case, we asked? It’s almost too good to be true, but is. This limited production cuvée is made exclusively from the family’s older Chardonnay vines (none less than 30 years old) in the famed village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Like the Robert Cuvée de Reserve, this millesime presents a pleasing nose of white flowers, salt water taffy and wet stones. Again, in the front palate there is a shared opulence as both Chardonnay Champagnes offer up flavors of ripe white peaches and apple sauce underscored with notes of citrus, butter and brioche. The difference is that 2005’s flavors are more focused, pure and enduring. This Champagne also displays a more pronounced minerality in the finish and has the breed and balance that puts it in another realm.

The Robert family has been in the Champagne growing business for well over a century, but it wasn’t until 1961 that André Robert established the family’s own estate brand and production cellars. In 1997, André’s son Bertrand took over management of the operation. Today he farms some 27 acres split into dozens of tiny garden-sized parcels. Bertrand practices Viticulture Raisonnée, a protocol that emphasizes natural measures to control pests and rot with chemical treatments used only as a last resort. As with other top grower-producers, the quality of Bertrand’s Champagnes is a natural outgrowth of family pride combined with generations of local knowledge.
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