Champagne Cuvee de Reserve Brut, Milan
Cote de Blancs
Tasting NotesThis is done in old barriques they buy from Meursault; a blend of ‘03-‘02; as you know I need an oaky wine to overcome my innate resistance, as this one does. The woodsiness here almost registers as a Meunier-pumpernickel, and there’s a strangely intriguing alliance of ‘03’s wet-hay ripeness with 2002’s birchy silvery green mineral profile; it’s not as tight and seamless as last year’s, and the front palate is as luxurious as foie gras, but the oak retreats from sip to sip, and this will make superb drinking with 3-5 years laying-down. It, not you.
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Press & Reviews
Well-knit and aromatic, this smoky Champagne shows Gala apple, dried apricot, truffle and bread dough notes. Bright acidity is balanced by the subtle mousse. Drink now through 2017. 28 cases imported. –AN
(disgorged July 4, 2012): Light yellow. Tangerine, pear and melon on the highly perfumed, smoke-accented nose. A zesty lemon pith nuance adds vivacity and carries onto the palate, adding bite to fleshy orchard fruit, honey and vanilla flavors. The smooth, velvety finish shows very good energy and power, leaving a honeydew note behind. - Josh Raynolds
There is an interesting hint of quinine water to the otherwise yeasty and notably citrus-infused nose. The delicious, round and noticeably refined flavors carry the same yeasty character as telegraphed by the nose, all wrapped in a solidly complex and persistent finish. This is really quite good and while some may find the quinine component a bit far afield, overall I was impressed.