Champagne Cuvee Tendresse Sec, Milan
The label is a portrait of a woman, Caroline’s great grandmother as a young wife, painted
by her happy husband, Caroline’s grandfather, who baby-sat Caroline when she
was a little girl. Caroline created the cuvée as a tribute to them both, this lovely
adorable wine, formed in the pure love of a small girl.
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One of the most pleasant surprises among my tastings, this wine is singing again. It’s the NV cuvée with 20g/l RS, which for a
“sweet” Champagne is actually unusually moderate—Feinherb, were it German. I don’t see it at all as a “dessert” Champagne
but rather as a food Champagne when your (savory) food is also a tiny bit sweet. Indeed the Champagne is quite chalky, lithe
and rippling, with a lemony edge and osmanthus. I know, I know; WTF is osmanthus? Here, write to these folks and order some; it’s pretty rad, and then you’ll have bragging rights not only to be the first kid on your block acquainted with “osmanthus” but the first person in the world to know what I think I’m talking about (www.redblossomtea.com).
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Press & Reviews
The NV Sec Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Tendresse is a beautiful example of this slightly sweet style of Champagne. The Tendresse is the same blend as the Speciale, but the higher dosage of 20 grams per liter gives the wine its breadth and volume. Lemon, white flowers and pastry wrap around the creamy, generous finish. This is another beautiful, striking wine from Milan. Disgorgement date: July 26, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
(made from a 50/50 blend of 2008 and 2009 wines; disgorged July 4, 2012): Light gold. Tropical fruits and honey on the highly fragrant nose, and in the mouth. Luscious and supple in texture, offering plum passion fruit and mango flavors and a brighter note of lemon curd. Shows good energy for the category, finishing broad and long, with lingering honey and floral qualities. - Josh Raynolds
A blend of 2007 and 2006, this is full of velvety apricot, citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It’s reminiscent of a Spätlese riesling from the Rheingau, balancing a creamy texture and rich body with zesty, racy undercurrents of acidity, and it picks up a lot of nuance and subtlety on the finish. Its 18 grams per liter of dosage is low for the category, and it’s balanced exceptionally well, feeling expressive and complete. Last tasted: 3/10