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TORNAY 02 BT
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$39.98
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TORNAY 02 BRUT MILLESIME

We introduced Bernard Tornay’s nifty multi-vintage Carte d’Or Champagne last fall. That Champagne made a great introduction the luxuriant Tornay style and was an excellent value at just thirty-six dollars. Remarkably for a few more dollars more, we are now able to offer Tornay’s stellar 2002 Millesime which is considerably grander, more profound Champagne. It’s a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay. Initially fermented in stainless steel with full malolatic, this cuvée was bottled in early 2003 and was patiently aged sur lattes for eight years in the family’s cellar. The result is sumptuous Champagne whose brassy-yellow hue works nicely as a backdrop to show off its fine strands of gentle bubbles. The well-developed bouquet displays nuances that run the gamut from baked apples and white chocolate to brioche and brown spices. Its broad, silky palate presents ripe golden apple, Bartlett pear and sage honey flavors juxtaposed over a taut undercarriage of chalk-flecked acidity. Here, then, is a full-framed, but well-poised Champagne that offers a wealth to ponder and savor and one that gets our vote for the best Champagne value from the esteemed 2002 vintage. Drink now and over the next several years.
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