Just got a call regarding the 2008 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne. We got a great deal on it. The average price of the 2008 is $146 and sells up to $200; Texas market ranges from $140-$180. Your price $105 per bottle. If you would like some, let me know. If you need it for this New Year's, we can help you accommodate a pick up. For those out of state, will ship early next week. If you already have a Champagne for this year, this would be perfect to cellar!! m
Original Write Up and Reviews
This just crossed desk this am. New to us. But it is Grand Cru and they seem to be doing the same as Copinet by blending vintage champagne and recently disgorging. $45 per, $39.50 on six packs (six pack price is lowest in country) Distributor got by mistake so offered us a deal. Below is what I found out. M
Roland Champion Champagne Blanc de Blancs NV is aged for minimum 30 months (the minimum for NV is 15 months). This cuvee is made from 100% Chardonnay and is produced from the free run juice only. The current release is the result of the blend of the 2005, the 2006 and the 2007 vintage.
Fresh and delicate, its fine bubbles and wide range of aromas will be perfect as an aperitif. This Champagne will also match very well with seafood and shellfish.
dosage : 8 grams per liter
ageing : 30 months on laths
Even if it doesn't say on the label, 100% of the production is RD (Recently Disgorged)
Total Production for this Cuvée : 1,500 cases (9 liter equivalent) per year
"Spiced with ground anise and ginger accents, this offers notes of poached pear, lemon meringue pie, hazelnut and stony mineral. Very elegant and well-meshed throughout, with a silky finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,500 cases made. –AN"
- Wine Spectator 92 pts
"This cuvée made from 100% Chardonnay offers a fresh aromatic nose of light toast, dried yellow fruit and nuances of yeast. On the palate it has a creamy mouth feel of toasted nuts and rich autolytic notes. This is a beautiful wine, rich and complex."
International Wine review 92+ pts
"Medium gold color with very attractive aromas of yeast and lemon tart. A lovely and very flavorful palate of yeast and nuts gives way to a long, long finish. This is a crowd pleaser!"
- I-Wine Review 91 pts
"Graphite, bread dough and citrus aromas segue to lemon, apple and floral notes as this remains focused and crisp. There's a nice chalky feel on the long finish. 1,800 cases made. –BS"
- Wine Spectator 90 pts
"A finely wrought wine, this is tangy and mineral drivel, layering acidity, citrus and white fruit in a complex, elegant whole"- Wine Enthusiast 90 pts
"Small grower. Autumn fruits dominate the aromas of this wine, which is blatantly more like a wine than we normally expect a champagne to be. Some may find that unexpected and even off-putting, while others will find it intriguingly delicious."
- Washington Post - EXCELLENT
"Roland Champion is a small family-owned producer, now with the fourth generation, in the village of Chouilly (”shoo-ee”), which has only Grand Cru vineyards. Made from 100 percent chardonnay grapes, this Champagne offers ethereal grace and poise and harmony; if I were fighting a duel tonight, I would ask for this Champagne as my last beverage. The nose here is about the richness of warm biscuits and hazelnuts, dried fruit and spice, like a Platonic, ineffably light fruitcake; in the mouth, however, it’s about a structure that encompasses an incredible marriage of power and elegance, like the delicacy and strength of the finest bone china. And there’s something porcelain-like about this Champagne, in its notable crisp, lively character, its transparency and its slightly chalky, shale-like mineral elements. Forget the Champagnes that come on with heavy toasty, caramel qualities; here, instead, is a wealth of subtlety and nuance touched with a racy, dynamic edge. Exceptional."
2006 Drappier Grande Sendree Brut
We are tasting this incredible Champagne as we write. Drappier cellars and
maintains incredible components which comprise their Tete du Cuvee, the Grande Sendree. This 2006 was disgorged in 2014 consequently, the complexity and nuttiness of perfectly aged Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is combined with the vibrancy and freshness of those wines just being made into Champagne. $95 is the lowest price on the market nationally and that is this offer!! If it is time for something special, this Drappier is definitely that.
All the best, Rex and Michele
his vintage of Drappier's top cuvée is showing signs of delicious maturity. With tropical fruits morphing into toast and ripe almonds, it's a wine on the cusp of greatness. For now, there is still plenty of freshness there, tight acidity and the ripe character that's typical of Champagnes from the Aube. (RV) (12/2014) 94 points Wine Enthusiast
An elegant version, with a smoky underpinning and finely knit flavors of black raspberry, candied kumquat, toasted almond and biscuit, layeredwith vivid acidity. Long and lacy on the lightly spiced finish. Disgorged February 2014. (AN) (11/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator
Deeply-coloured, light gold. Profound, mature nose dominated by dried fruits, nougat, stone fruits and gingerbread. Full-bodied, vinous palate showing more of the same aromatics, nicely combined w ith a pronounced sensation of freshness. 93 points Gilbert & Gaillard
Vivid yellow. Potent citrus pith, poached pear and floral scents are underscored by a smoky mineral quality and pick up a buttery nuance with air. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering ripe orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a deeper suggestion of buttered toast. Shows very good energy and thrust on an extremely long finish of building florality and spiciness. (JR) (12/2014) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow. Potent citrus pith, poached pear and floral scents are underscored by a smoky mineral quality and pick up a buttery nuance with air. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering ripe orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a deeper suggestion of buttered toast. Shows very good energy and thrust on an extremely long finish of building florality and spiciness. - 92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
The pithy lemon, grapefruit and grilled hazelnut here is handsomely savory, leading to a palate of crisp apple, pear and peach fruits. Finishes soft and easy. (7/2015) 90 points James Suckling
obert Moncuit Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Les Mesnil- Sur - Oger
What is Grand Cru?
"Out of the 320 grape-growing villages in Champagne just 17 are rated as being of 100% quality; they are classified as Grand Cru. On the next level are 41 villages given a rating of between 90-99% and classified as Premier Cru; below that are all the other villages which have been given a rating of between 80-89% without any particular name being applied to this category".
We have been introduced to a reasonably priced Champagne Grand Cru from the area of Les Mesnil. " Reasonably priced" is worth mentioning since the most famous Les Mesnil, Krug, sells for an average $905.00 per bottle nationally. The Robert Moncuit is an intriguing combination of expressive fruit, showing layers and depth, combined with the freshness of wild flowers and tight bubbles. Pear Flavors are the focus on the front palate. The finish is lemon zest, toast and a hint of smoke with crisp minerality. We tried it with both sharp and heavy cream cheese, also roasted pork loin. All paired beautifully. 91 points Tanzer, 91 points Parker, the written reviews are below. Very little of the Robert Moncuit comes to the U.S., it was entirely sold within the region until the year 2000.
$69.95 per, 5% off 6, 10% off cases
All of the very best , Rex and Michele
Robert Moncuit Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Les Mesnil- Sur - Oger
A family-run estate with organic vineyards, Champagne Robert Moncuit has a five generation history. Alex Moncuit started the vineyard in 1889, and in 1928 his grandson Robert created his first cuvée and Champagne Robert Moncuit was born. Robert continuedto produce this exceptional Champagne until his death in 1987. His daughter Francoise took over the estate, and her son Pierre has been winemaker since 2000. Until 2000 all the wine was sold in France. The estate has 8 hectares under vine in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger which is the same renowned village where Krug's famous 'Clos du Mesnil' vineyard designate is made, and the Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is where the Salon family first realized and then convinced the world that this area was beautifully suited for Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay.
The Moncuit family produces all 'Blanc de Blancs' Champagne, meaning 100% Chardonnay. Their vines are tended without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The fruit is hand-harvested and sorted, with each parcel vinified separately to optimize the outcome of blending. All of the wines are fermented and raised in tank, the goal being contact with the lees. The malos happen naturally, they don't filter or chapitalize. The base wine for this Brut is 2010 with about 20% reserve from 2009. Approximately 30% of the cuvée is aged in oak. This is the only wine in his range that sees any oak so as not to mask the beautiful chalkiness of the Mesnil soils. Made with 8g dosage.
International Wine Cellar
Mineral-laced aromas of pear, honey, lemon pith and white flowers. Densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors are enlivened by chalky minerality and a hint of ginger. Refreshingly bitter and precise on the finish, with the mineral note strongly repeating.
Score: 91, Josh Raynolds
eRobertParker.com #221 Oct 2015
100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru villages of Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, Robert Moncuit's NV Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs displays bright white fruit and floral aromas on the pure and chalky, very elegant nose. The delicate mousse gives way to a very mineral and persistent taste on the palate. This medium to full-bodied Brut is full of character and complexity; it is lovely, pure, and shows lots of finesse and a very good length. I tasted the newest release that based 80% on 2011 and 20% on 2010. It was disgorged in May 2014 with a dosage of six grams per liter and is an excellent Brut from chalky soils.
Champagne Robert Moncuit in Mesnil sur Oger (Côte des Blancs; the domaine exists since 1889) cultivates 25 plots adding up to eight hectares of Chardonnay, mostly 50+ year old vines on chalky soils. Moncuit works the soil but is not an organic wine producer. The vins clairs were fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for ten months, so the bottling is usually in July. Only the Reserve is partly fermented in oak (20%). The domaine has existed since 1889. Moncuits aims for fresh Champagnes that are not dominated by the fruit, but the chalky terroir of Mesnil. Indeed the wines have a great purity and finesse, but a good complexity too. Drink: 2015 - 2025
Score: 91, Stephan Reinhardt
There is a deal on N.V. Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut.
$35 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12
Though you can purchase it a few dollars cheaper inother states, thelowest price we have found in Texas is $39.00. The Feuillatte Brut is comprised of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. This shipment just arrived, the bubbles are very tight and the flavors are very fresh. 92 Spectator (review below) .
"Rich and creamy, showing the dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake, with lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors. Clean citrusy acidity integrates beautifully and provides an elegance to this refined Champagne. Drink now through 2020" Wine Spectator: 92 Points
The proof is always in the glass!