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Champagne Cuvee Tendresse Sec, Milan

cépage 100% Chardonnay

assemblage 50% 2013, 50% 2014

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

malo Yes

élevage Enamel tank

sur latte 36 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

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. It is, as always, the basic NV with 20g/l RS, and it’s a wonderfully attractive example of the forgotten genre. Many “sweet” Champagnes are yucky and sugary, but this is essentially Feinherb, and it’s not a dessert-Champagne, it’s a food-wine and would make a wicked effective pour in nearly any pairing menu.. —Terry Theise

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
90
Date:
2012-12-03
Review:
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.

Tanzer

Score:
90
Date:
2012-12-14
Review:
(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

Champagne Guide

Score:
*
Date:
2010-11-01
Review:
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