A very, very rare Pinot Noir and considered by many as the best Coteaux Champenois produced in Champagne. In fact, this is a worthy comparison to many of the greatest Burgundies. This wine is made in miniscule quantities and comes from a parcel of very old Pinot Noir vines, mid-slope, in the Grand Cru of Ambonnay. A total of 200 cases are produced and it is only made in the finest years. This is a remarkable wine and as good as French Pinot Noir gets outside of Burgundy.
Egly’s extended aged Grand Cru is simply sensational and is a beautifully crafted blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, coming from the 1998 vintage. 72 months on the lees has produced a wine of immense complexity and power however, this is an extraordinarily elegant Champagne. Egly’s tell-tale Pinot notes soar from the glass after a little aeration with mineral notes framing the endless finish. Magnificent!
VP stands for 'vieillissement prolongée' (extended ageing).
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 48 months)
e from Francis Ouriet, who offers up a remarkably taut, focused cuvée (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) with great energy and minerality in its precise, crystalline fruit. Iconic and deservedly so. The wine Brut Tradition Grand Cru spent 48 months on the lees and was disgorged in July 2015.
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 72 months)
In short, this is simply the greatest Blanc de Noir (100% Pinot Noir) which money can buy. Produced from an ancient vineyard planted in 1946 and spends an incredible 72 months on its lees, which adds considerable complexity to what is already something quite extraordinary. This is truly a treat and stirs the depths of your soul (if you are one of the lucky few).
Skillfully blended by the team at first-growth Château Haut-Brion Clarendelle is a family of blended wines made from traditional Bordeaux grape varietals. Beautiful pale yellow colour. Very concentrated, round, rich, and wonderfully vivacious on the palate, with mineral overtones.
97 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Robert Parker
There are 1,020 cases of the 2012 Chardonnay Chloe (14.2% natural alcohol) which is sourced from the Ritchie Vineyard and represents the oldest vines, having been planted in 1972. It sees about 45% new French oak but you would never know that based on the sensational richness, texture and flavor profiles where the oak plays a minor role. Copious notes of white peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle, brioche and subtle hazelnuts jump from the glass of this beauty. Good acidity buttresses the wine’s broad, powerful mouthfeel, providing freshness as well as delineation. It should drink well for a decade or more.
Deep purple/ruby color. Ripe blackberry fruit, cola, exotic spice, eucalyptus. Elegant entry; full body, with black currant fruit, dried herbs, firm acid; red fruit and sweet oak in a lingering finish.
96 Points - James Halliday
A 60/40% blend barrel-fermented and matured in French oak (50% new) for 3 months. At the top end of Margaret River white Bordeaux blends, it has a compelling palate of finesse and richness of flavour, all the components seamlessly fused, with grapefruit, peach and fig caressed by high quality oak.
Domaine Méo Camuzet Hautes Côte de Nuits Blanc St Philibert 2011 Few of us can afford the great wines of Meo-Camuzet who, and deservedly so, is one of the undisputed superstars of Burgundy. The perfectly drinking 2011 Hautes Côte de Nuits Blanc St Philibert is simply a delight – Beautifully ripe, flowers, white stone fruits and pears are all layered into the silky, polished finish. Drink now.