- Item #: i_374880Bottle Size: 750MLANTONIO GALONI 93 POINTS-"The 2015 Les Couarres (Pinot Noir), is ample, creamy and wonderfully expressive. The natural breadth of Pinot comes through beautifully. Vinification in oak brings out striking vinous intensity in the red plum, spice, leather and crushed flower flavors. Although the 2015 has plenty of depth to age, it is incredibly appealing now. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: June, 2020."
The vineyards of Merfy, seven kilometers north of Reims, lie on the southern slopes of the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the Montagne de Reims. These slopes were planted shortly after the arrival of the Romans and monks of the neighboring Abbey of Saint-Thierry expanded the vineyards in the 7th century. Today, Chartogne-Taillet remains the only grower-producer in the village and under Alexandre Chartogne’s guidance, the wines of Chartogne-Taillet are some of the most sought-after Champagnes being produced. Lovers of grower champagne are familiar with Chartogne-Taillet’s Les Barres, the single parcel, un-grafted Meunier wine, released first in the 2006 vintage. This was the first wine that Alexandre produced after returning home to his family domaine, from working with Anselme Selosse, his mentor.
- Item #: i_375202Bottle Size: 750mlOeil de Perdrix, or “eye of the partridge,” is an all but forgotten style in Champagne. Perhaps the best explanation is to call it a grey wine, as it’s made from both red and white grape varieties but is neither properly white in the glass, nor fully pink. From Doyard’s cellar, this wine emerges as an ideal match to be served with alongside a proper feast. There’s less emphasis on the fizz, and more on the actual character of the wine. It captures a delicious balance of the fruity and fresh flavors of peaches, rose-hips and candied citrus with grounding savory, herbaceous and gamey layer. Superb!
- Item #: i_325839Bottle Size: 750MLWINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS-"Chopped hazelnut, graphite and spice accents lace flavors of golden apple, biscuit and saline-tinged mineral in this finely balanced blanc de blancs. Offers a refined, lively mousse and a well-cut finish. Drink now through 2019. 250 cases made. (12/16)."
This Champagne comes from an old vines parcel (planted in 1964) of the Le Cotet vineyard which is situated on the steep slopes of Montgueux, a hill which has been called the "Montrachet of Champagne." In addition to having a desirable southeasterly aspect, Le Cotet boasts some of the deepest, oldest chalk soil in Champagne. Its soil also contains numerous outcrops of quartz that add a spicy component to its wines.
- Item #: i_378504Bottle Size: 750mlJOHN GILLMAN 92+ POINTS-"Benoît Marguet is now bottling many of his cuvées without any added SO2 and I worry a little about this, as his wines are so brilliantly crafted for long-term cellaring and I hope no potential longevity will end up being sacrificed because of this practice. Only time will tell. In any case, his Shaman 15 non-vintage Brut Nature bottling is outstanding, being composed of its customary blend of two-thirds pinot noir and one-third chardonnay. It was disgorged in March of 2019 and offers up a superb bouquet of white peach, apple, brioche, a complex base of soil, dried flowers and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a fine core, refined mousse and lovely acid bounce adding precision and lift on the long, classy finish. This is outstanding wine. 2019-2045+."
- Item #: i_321887Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS-"Disgorged in October 2019 with one gram per liter dosage, Moussé's 2015 Extra-Brut Special Club Lieu-Dit Les Fortes Terres unwinds in the glass with notions of pear, honeycomb, mirabelle and red apple. Full-bodied, elegantly muscular and enveloping, with racy acids, a beautifully refined pinpoint mousse and a long, precise finish, this concentrated but impressively vibrant, incisive wine has turned out very beautifully. Tightly coiled, this is serious but not at all austere and will reward at least a few years' patience.'