KML-11

Champagne Blanc de Blancs ‘Grand Reserve 1864’, Milan

cépage 100% Chardonnay

assemblage 50% 2008, 50% 2009

info/source Oger Grand Cru from 35 year-old vines on average

malo No

élevage Used oak barrel

sur latte 84 months

 

Producer:
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Appellation:
Cote de Blancs
Variety:
Chardonnay
Color:
White
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Import Partner:
Terry Theise

Tasting Notes

Aged agrafé i.e., under a cork rather than a crown cap, which means both more oxygen-derived tertiaries and also more bottle variation. But good bottles? Whoo boy. It’s a barrel-fermented cuvée combining 2008-2009, disg. 11/2016, and such a wine is the very reason for wood-aging, and when it recovers from disgorgement it will make a soulful “antique” tasting Champagne; salty and vinous and full of personality. Treat it like a reticent old-school Chablis, serve it in a large glass, not too cold. But please, don’t decant. 99% of the time, decanting Champagne is a silly affectation —Terry Theise

POS Resources

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
94
Date:
2011-11-30

Tanzer

Score:
93
Date:
2013-12-20