Grande Réserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy Champagne NV
|Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
All from Grand Cru vineyards of Bouzy, two-thirds Pinot and one third Chardonnay, full style with balance and brightness to support the rich flavour. Rapidly becoming our best selling Champagne, and now that Bob Parker has rated it alongside Bollinger gaining a wider audience. Deservedly so! L&S (Nov 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, organically farmed (cover crops, no chemicals). 35-year-old vines. 95% Bouzy. Hand-picked. 10 months in tanks on lees, six years sur lattes. Wine comes from their perpetual solera of reserve wines. Full malo. Guillaume is the 6th generation and this was the cuvée they started with in 1874 ('there is half a bubble of 1874 wine in here'). Dosage 6 g/l. 40,000 bottles. Praline nose. Round on the nose and the mid palate but the attack is direct, focused, framed by ripe lemon acidity. Liquorice, rye and caraway breadth. Lovely balance. The kind of wine you can breathe easy with – there isn't a notch of stress or tension in this glass. Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 16 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)
Here's a champagne for those who want to buy something that will give pleasure to the most discerning drinker (I liked it so much I ignored the bottle of Roederer in the fridge and served it to two professionals who walloped it down) but does not involve crossing the Channel and doing battle with H M Customs. Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com
Barnaut's Grand Cru Grande Reserve reveals generous notes of apricots, honey, roasted nuts and smoke, showing outstanding persistence and a long, refined finish. This is a fairly full-bodied style of champagne that already shows nice tertiary complexity. Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com
Edmond Barnaut was a grape-grower and wine-broker when in 1873 he married the daughter of an old Bouzy family, Apolline Godmé-Barancourt. Using his own and his wife's vineyards he created his own marque and began selling bottles the following year. Philippe and Laurette Secondé took over in 1985, and they have now been joined by their son Guillaume Secondé, the 5th generation of the Barnaut family. After 150 harvests, Guillaume's return to the domaine, gradually taking his spot as "future chef" for the 6th generation.
The Secondés make well-aged Champagnes (five years average for the Grande Réserve) which are very representative of the full-bodied style of Bouzy - the excellent Pinot Noir of the village's Grand Cru Vineyards providing the backbone (2/3) of the Grande Réserve and all of the Blanc de Noirs. As Philippe puts it 'I want to express our exceptional terroir, naturally and simply, without artifice and without giving in to fashions.'.
The domaine is certified for High Environmental Value (HVE) and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne (VDC).
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