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ROBERT, A BDB
Item: #352326
Bottle Size: 750ml
$34.98
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ANDRE ROBERT BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS

When we tasted this new (to us) Champagne we were smitten with its deft juxtaposition of dense Chardonnay fruit, bracing acidity and big-time minerality. Mostly composed of juice from the well structured 2007 vintage, this Blanc de Blancs is rounded with reserve wines from the “softer” 2006 and 2005 vintages. It is hard not to be delighted by this bubbly’s fresh mix of white flower, acacia, and orchard fruit aromas. In the mouth this Champagne is vividly juicy and filled to the brim with ripe apple, white peach and nectarine flavors that are imbued with pervasive inflections of wet stones and seashells. The finish, which fades only with greatest reluctance, tantalizes with subtle glimmers of allspice, ginger and brioche.

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. His vines average between 25-30 years of age with the lion’s share being Chardonnay planted in the Le Mesnil cru. Bertrand practices Viticulture Raisonnée, a protocol that emphasizes natural measures to control pests and rot with chemical treatments used only as a last resort. So once again, as we have seen with other top growerproducers, the quality of this Champagne is a natural outgrowth of family pride combined with generations of local knowledge along with a deep reverence for the land.
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