, Jan 2017, 92
A pretty and beautifully layered nose speaks of toasty, yeasty and brioche-suffused aromas that are liberally cut with citrus, green apple and floral hints. There is both excellent richness and volume to the delicious and full-bodied, as well as full-flavored, flavors that possess excellent complexity on the notably dry but not at all austere finale. This is a big Champagne in the sense that it's full-on and delivers outstanding length but if your taste does not run to linear, lean and ultra-crisp examples, then this would be a really good alternative for you to consider. I quite like this but if refinement and delicacy are what you want, there are better choices.
, Dec 2014, 92
Concentrated palate, well balanced fruit and acidity. Expressive flavor, good finish.
, Apr 2012, 15.42
Mild nose of stone fruit and yellow apple. Minerally palate and pleasant lemony acidity. It has a soft mousse and light, fresh fruit. Long, crisp and clean length. Drink 2012-2013. Alc: 12%. (15.42 points)
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2013, 91
(43% pinot meunier, 32% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay; 65% of the fruit was from 2010 and the rest from 2009 and 2008; disgorged in July, 2013 after 30 months on its lees): Pale onion skin color. Aromas of fresh pear, lemongrass and lime zest, with a hint of jasmine. Juicy and penetrating, with tangy citrus and orchard fruit and flavors underscored by a note of chalky minerality. Finishes clean and racy, with lingering floral and gingery spice qualities.
, Apr 2019, 16
The origins of this single estate, and the vineyards still, are in the western Marne, mainly in Cumières where 11 ha (27 acres) of the 14 ha (35 acres) owned are found, with some vines in Damery, Hautvillers and Fleury-la-Rivière. Tight for space, the domaine moved its winery facility to Aÿ in 2006. The planted proportions are 24% Chardonnay, 34% Meunier and 42% Pinot Noir. The viticulture is near-organic, cultivating the soil, using grass in the alleys and no herbicide is used. The winery is gravity-flow and traditional Coquard presses begin the process before fermentations in a mix of tanks and wood. Malo is routinely avoided. This is 50% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay. Based on 2013 and 2014. Plot-by-plot vinification in temperature-controlled enamelled steel vats; reserve wine partly kept in oak casks. Dosage 8g/l. Pale straw. Creamy nose that is most beguiling. A little grainier-textured than the nose suggests but satisfying until a slightly metallic finish.
, Nov 2012, 92
Geoffroy’s NV Brut Premier Cru Expression is totally alive in the glass. Vibrant and delineated, the Expression bursts from glass with dried pears, flowers, almonds and Chamomile. A blend of 47% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay, the Expression is all about texture and volume from the red grapes, which give tons of richness without detracting from the wine’s essential energy, tension and pure drive. A crystalline, layered finish rounds things out beautifully. This is a great showing from a wine loaded with class. Disgorgement date: April 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
A Terry Theise Selection, imported by Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300
, Jan 2012, 90
Floral notes mix with flavors of ripe apple, peach, grapefruit zest and biscuit in this lightly chalky, firmly structured Champagne. A hint of smoke shows on the open-knit finish. Disgorged July 2011. Best after 2013. 168 cases imported.
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