Champagne, ‘Cuvee de Rene Geoffroy’
Cepages: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Assembalage: 100% 1995
Vineyard/Source: 100% Cumières
Elevage: 8 months in cask
Vallee de la Marne
This Millennium cuvée is very pretty, with a silk-screened label by an Alsatian painter named Babinger. It’s an old-vines cuvée from a fine parcel facing due south, mid-slope. 70/30, Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. It was in small casks for eight months, which had been used once for sixteen months, in Meursault. They stirred the lees. The nose starts out a little metallic, but the palate is quite vinous; the fragrances resolve into seaside-air, yeasty-mealy hedgeflower; the palate has the 1995 spiciness, is intense and sumptuous.
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Press & Reviews
The 1995 Cuvee de Rene Geoffroy (magnum) is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay aged in barrel and bottled with 5 grams of dosage. This medium-bodied, delicate wine reveals caramel, earthiness, tar, smoke and candied cherries, showing lovely complexity if not quite the sheer personality and pedigree of the finest wines. As one might expect, the aromas and flavors are already somewhat advanced and this wine is best enjoyed over the next few years. This bottle was disgorged in October 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2013.
(70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay, all from old vines; disgorged July, 2009) True gold. Very ripe, exotic aromas of peach pit, mango, honeycomb and marzipan, with a light marc quality and a touch of smokiness. Opulent, rich and powerful, showing an exotic aspect to its orchard and pit fruit nectar and honey flavors. This impressively fat and deep wine finishes broad, chewy and very long. I'd serve this wild, distinctive Champagne with a rich poultry or mushroom dish, or with creamy, pungent cheeses. (Terry Theise Estate Selections, imported by Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY)