Grande Réserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy NV
|Grapes||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 (Mar 2005)
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This bottle of the NV Brut Grand Cru Grande Réserve was disgorged in November 2017 with six grams per liter dosage. It's showing well, exhibiting scents of waxy red apples, pastry cream, tangerine and a subtle touch of smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied and fleshy but incisive, with brisk acids, good mid-palate depth, a good mousse and a precise finish. This is a classy, Pinot Noir-dominant non-vintage cuvée that will reward aging on cork. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(May 2019)
As the name would suggest, it’s clear from the nose that there is a relatively high proportion of reserve stocks in the blend as the nose is clearly mature, offering notes of baked apple, citrus and plenty of aged yeast-inflected nuances. I like the complexity of the rich, muscular and full-bodied flavors that possess the same fine complexity as the nose before terminating in a moderately dry, clean and lightly citrus-inflected finish. This is lovely and while it’s not a particularly elegant example, it’s hard to beat the complexity for the price point. Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
The NV Brut Grande Réserve Héritage Familial Grand Cru is soft, open-knit and inviting, all qualities that make it hugely rewarding to drink now. Pear, baked apple, brioche and spice overtones give the wine its racy, inviting personality. Rich and vinous on the palate, yet refreshing, this mid-weight Champagne has a lot to offer. Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jul 2017)
When Edmond Barnaut married in 1874, he created this marque with his own and his wife's vineyards. Since 1985 the fifth generation has been in charge with Philippe Secondé making 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. The domaine is certified for High Environmental Value (HVE) and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne (VDC).
With every man and his wife on the lookout for Champagne 'deals', it is sad that so many people overlook the best 'deals' of all - high quality, grower-made Champagnes, packed with character, and at prices significantly below any of the best prices you might find for Grande Marque Champagnes.
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