N° 14 is the third opus from the “COLLECTION AYALA,” a set of cuvees produced in limited quantities, unveiled only as they approach their peak level of drinkability. This ephemeral cuvee is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir — including Grand Cru Aÿ red wine. Thanks to its extended ageing in the cellar and a low dosage of 5.3 grams/liter, N° 14 expertise, the ephemeral cuvée N°14 is composed of the five emblematic Grands Crus that form the backbone of the House’s blends. Caroline Latrive wanted to work the crus in equal proportions, exclusively from the 2014 vintage and for the first time in a rosé version.
Offering up complex aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, confit citrus, frangipane, walnuts, dried white flowers and subtle hints of iodine, Bollinger's 2014 Brut La Grande Année is medium to full-bodied, pillowy and vinous, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit that's underpinned by racy acids and complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a long, chalky finish, this is a charming but precise Grande Année that's more giving and demonstrative than its immediate predecessor, the 2012, but which attains a very similar level of quality in a more challenging vintage—testimony to the serious viticulture that underpins Bollinger's contemporary excellence. -- Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Winemaker Notes A deep golden robe underlined by a line of fine sparkling bubbles. A substantial, flowery (violet) nose, notes of white fruit, very ripe pear, creamy, slightly woody, mushrooms. A fine, dense structure, white fruit (peach, nectarine), gingerbread. An ample mouth and a wonderful length. Blend: 50% PInot Noir, 50% Chardonnay Critical Acclaim James Suckling A ripe and generous palate with stacks of stone fruit character (ripe apricot). I love the creaminess and fresh baguette richness on the mid-palate, the acidity easily balancing this. Long complete finish with good mineral tension.
Notes from the Winemaker The hand-made prestige cuvée of Maison Collet is a sparkling interpretation of Haute Couture. A rare assemblage of 11 Premier and Grand Crus selected in 2012. 60% Chardonnay from Grands Crus villages like Avize, Chouilly and Cramant contributes to the freshness, the tonicity and the elegance of the Esprit Couture. Vinification and ageing of the Chardonnay in champenois oak barrels allowed their aromas of brioche to develop fully. 40% Pinot Noir brings structure, softness and tenderness to the wine through iconic Grands Crus such as Aÿ, Mailly- Champagne or Verzy. Reviews and Accolades 94 Points/Wine Enthusiast This is the prestige cuvée from this co-op producer. Coming in a attractive, Art Deco-style bottle, the wine plays its elegant part. A strong toast flavor doesn't detract from the ripe green-fruit tone and bright acidity, while the palate feels rich and smooth. Drink now.
THE STORY Each village has its own style. Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (20%): acidity, purity and chalky minerality. Avize (20%): balance and structure. Oger (20%), warmth, body and generosity. Cramant: smoky minerality. Chouilly: robustness and length. And finally, Oiry: acidity and roundness. To reprise the musical analogy, each territory has its own score and, when they are all played together to create Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2014, each one can be heard in its own right. It is left to age over six long years. Not much, given the powerfulness of this wine. Its richness is equalled only by its concentration, and yet it remains light on its feet. It can even be generous…Such is the supreme elegance of a wine with ageing potential!
There is a hint of the exotic about the making of Delamotte Rosé champagne, and perhaps a little eccentricity too! It is made with the traditional bleeding technique rarely used in Champagne. Color and aromatic range are extracted from the grape skin. How? They are left to macerate in their skin before and/or during fermentation. This delivers an elegant and structured wine thanks to Grand Cru Pinot Noir growing on the south-east facing hillsides of the Montagne de Reims: Ambonnay, Bouzy and Tours-sur-Marne. In association with Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger, this rosé is a dazzling salmon pink in color, with an amazingly complex wine sparkling beneath. After bottling, Delamotte Rosé matures for around three years on the lees before disgorgement. TASTING NOTES This is a refined, somewhat smoky wine, the stuff that dreams are made of - for an afternoon or at dessert time, with perhaps a raspberry charlotte or a red fruit coulis. PAIRING The ideal accompaniments for this sophisticated wine with slightly smoky notes are raspberry charlotte, red fruit soups and sugary desserts of the kind that Marcel Proust would surely never forget.
This comprises 94% ‘Hommage’ (70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay) w. 6% Grand Cru Ay Pinot Noir vinified red & aged in Dame Jane amphorae/Demi-Johns. Aged 4yrs sur lattes. Pale pink. Pretty & floral w. white strawberry, yellow raspberry, yellow cherry & elegant brioche/patisserie. M+ aroma intensity, developing w. honeyed plum & pink grapefruit. Dry. High acid balances the RS w. soft strawberry, raspberry & cream. Yellow cherry, plum & a creamy mousse w. patisserie & a yeasty, nutty m+ finish. Delicious. --Andy B
Vinification 54 months of breeding in total calm 12 months on whole lees without subtitling in small oak barrels, then 6 months on fine lees to shave at ground temperature and delayed setting, and another 36 months to feed on its disintegrated yeasts under glass. Tasting notes and Pairing Eye: You can see the wine has texture, it’s rich. Nose: We smell complexity, very fruity: apricot, Mirabelle plum and warm pear. The freshness with the anise and menthol. Mouth: Apricot, Mirabelle plum, Pinot Noir maturity, salinity.
Bought at a befriended winemaker here in the Provence. Lovely Champagne and excellent value for money! Fresh, nice bottle ageing tones, great acidity, well-integrated dosage. Medium+ intense aromas of white peach, tangerine, pear, lemon zest, white grapefruit, blossom, toast, almond, brioche, wet stone. Dry wine, high acidity, light body, medium+ flavour intensity, medium+ length finish. 12% ABV - €25 @ Chateau Paquette
Beautiful gold colored champagne with plenty of quite fine bubbles. Scent has apple, green apple, citrus and brioche. Taste is balanced, delightful and long. You have green apple with a little baked touch to it. Also citrus, almond and almond. You can enjoy this alone and due to great structure with almost any food you like. --Ari Weckström
J. Charpentier's Champagne Brut Réserve is made from grapes from different crus of the region (Reuil, Binson-Orquigny, Châtillon sur Marne, Villers sous Châtillon, Le Breuil, Neuville sur Seine, Ludes) and contains 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir. The history of the maison begins at the turn of the 20th century. Since then the generations have succeeded and the winery is still family-run today. The fermentation of the grapes takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature and is followed by the malolactic fermentation and the assembly of the reserve wines. Champagne rests on the lees for 30-36 months. In the glass the wine is brilliant, straw yellow in color, with a fine and persistent perlage. On the nose there are aromas of fresh yellow fruit, brioche and bread crust. In the mouth the wine is creamy, full-bodied and enveloping, with a good persistence.
The Ultradition has a surprising depth considering its price point. The vineyards are farmed organically or biodynamically and combined with a focused winemaking style results in a crisp bubbly with layers of chalky minerality, winter citrus, and fresh brioche.