Champagne Brut, Aubry
|Cépages: 55% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir,
5% Arbanne, Petit Meslier ad Fromenteau
|Assemblage: 50% 2015 with 50% perpetual reserve dating
back to 1998
|Vineyard/Village: Jouy-lès-Reims 1er Cru and Villedommange 1er Cru|
|Elevage: Stainless steel|
|En Tirage Aging: 24+ months|
Montagne de Reims
Tasting NotesWell don’t you smell good! Deg 1/2016, it’s identical to the NV Brut, with more dosage but not a ton more—30g/l—and it’s completely successful. C’mon somms; this needs to go on your tasting-menu pairings, between the sorghum ale and the amphora sake! – Terry Theise
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Press & Reviews
This contains just one-quarter each Chardonnay and Pinot; 45% Meunier; and a mixture of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris). Nearly half of it is reserve wine, and more than half of that from a solera going back to 1998. If that sounds like a recipe for delivering complexity, you’re right and won’t be disappointed! Bittersweet perfume suggestive of gentian and iris mingles with intimations of fresh lime and sea breeze that in turn manifest themselves on a seductively silken palate in both juicy, vivacious exuberance and mouthwatering saliva-inducement. A scallop-like sweetly saline and mineral amalgam takes hold in a vibrant finish that leaves me caught between the urge to linger and the urge to take the next sip. This exceptional value by appellation standards is almost sure to prove worth following for several years, even if, sadly, few wine enthusiasts are likely to put that prediction to the test.
A firm Champagne, with notes of green apple, white cherry, smoky mineral and candied lemon zest. Vivacious, showing hints of toast and wax on the finish. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2015. –AN
(45% pinot meunier, 25% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay, with the rest arbanne, petit meslier and fromenteau; disgorged in April, 2013): Bright straw. Pungent aromas of Meyer lemon, pear and fig, with a gingery accent adding lift. Sappy, penetrating citrus fruit and floral flavors are given a refreshingly bitter character by notes of pear skin and peach pit, with a waxy note coming up on the back half. A smoky nuance lingers on the finish, which shows very good clarity and length. Fifty-five percent of this blend is from 2010 and the rest is reserve wines, mostly from a solera that was begun in 1998.