Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition
Aromas of green apple and citrus mineral notes make for a delightful start to this traditional sparkler. The Brut NV offers bright, crisp acidity complimented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. Aged en Tirage for a minimum of 24 months
Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
100% Chardonnay, this is a crisp Champagne with fantastic depth of flavour and a long, biscuity finish. Light yellow with green tints. Refined, mature nose blending brioche, mineral and toast notes backed by delicate fruit. The palate shows seductively refined texture, ethereal fullness, freshness and minerality.
Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005/07
Flagship of the Mandois range, this “Cuvée” was made in the honour of Victor Mandois the founder of the Mandois Champagne House back in 1905. It is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes. Older vines, from 50 years and more are selected for this “Cuvée”. Naturally low yielding, these vines bring concentration which is also acquired by partial oak ageing. The nose is typically Chardonnay, with citrus notes, elegance and power. On the palate we find a good body with complexity, structure and the perfect balance. The length is simply amazing equalled by an incredible freshness.
Victor 2002, a 100% Chardonnay symphony to honour the old vines from Chouilly and Vertus. Vinified in oak casks, as Victor Mandois used to do more than a century ago. A Blanc de Blancs vintage with an extraordinary ageing potential.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast (2000 vintage).
“A Champagne that is very much wine. The structure and the richness are just right for a food wine, showing ripe acidity, flavors of plums and apricots, and balancing these primary fruits with a dense, complex structure that takes in yeast, maturity and a tight apple skin finish.” 12/1/2008
Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV
Fruity with fine bubbles give this classic champagne its special character, light on its feet but very expressive with notes of baked bread, lemon peel, roasted nuts. The finish is long and delicious.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Mandois seems to go for a creamy style. With its NV cuvée, this works well, the touch of richness and toast balancing attractively with the soft, mouth-filling texture. The wine shows some bottle age, giving a delicious, yeasty aftertaste.” 12/1/2008
Situated in Pierry, a village in the “Cote des Blancs” and classified as Premier Cru in Champagne, the Mandois estate vineyard is 35 hectares, and represents 70% of the fruit for production. The vineyards are spread among 12 villages, and include parcels in the Cote des Blancs, the slopes of Epernay, and the region around Sezanne. Sourced grapes come form such prestigiuos villages and terroirs as Chouilly, Vertus, Pierry, and Epernay. Mandois’ vineyard is comprised of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir.
The property was established in 1735 by Jean Mandois. The estate is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the Champagne houses
Dr. Loosen – Sekt, Mosel, Germany NV
Sparkling wine has a long, rich tradition in Germany, where it has been called “Sekt” since the late 1800s. Germans are the biggest consumers of sparkling wine in the world, and most of the Sekt they produce is sold at home.
Dr. L Sparkling Riesling is 100% pure Riesling — the crisp, fruity grape that has made German wine famous for centuries. It is made using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation is done in a pressurized tank to keep the bubbles in the wine. This method produces bright, clean sparkling wines in a more affordable way, which makes it possible to offer this charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price.
FROM THE PRESS
“Exuberant green floral perfume, melon and peach abound on this profoundly aromatic
sparkler. It’s delicate in mousse with soft, persistent bubbles and deeply penetrating flavors
of stone fruit and tangerine. Vibrant and spine-tingling, it’s a remarkably elegant sekt with a
gentle price tag.” — 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, April 2016.
Familia Schroeder – Rosa de los Vientos Rosé Nature, NV
Boutique winery producing top fizz. Vibrant pink colour with tiny persistent bubbles. Delicate ripe red fruits and complex yeasts aromas. Dry, fruity, fresh, with good body and persistent aftertaste.
The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel. Small, freshly-picked, intensely flavored Patagonian strawberries (from the foot of the Andes) are added to the wine. The result is a fruity, fresh and delicious all natural sparkling wine.The color and appearance is deep, luscious, and salmon pink with strawberry pulp floating in the wine.
Raventos i Blanc – De Nit Sparkling Rose, Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain 2012
Monastrell gives this wine its pale salmon pink hue. Subtle and pretty on the nose, aromas of red cherry, white blossom, citrus fruit and savoury autolytic notes are all suggested. Elegant, crisp and light on the palate, gentle notes of strawberry, spice, rhubarb and hazelnut come to the fore.
As of 2013, Raventos i Blanc are no longer part of the Cava DO and have started the process of creating a new, terroir driven appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia. The decision to leave the DO stemmed out of the desire to set a standard in high quality wine production where rules such as the use of only indigenous grapes, ecological viticulture, estate produced and estate bottled fruit and minimum ageing requirements apply.
Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012
The search for clarity and purity has produced this sparkling wine with a gentle citric aroma highlighted by hints of white fruits, with all the olfactory elements in perfect balance. The palate is built on both freshness and concentration: a wine that combines firmness and smoothness with creamy bubbles. A long and very clean finish.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“When Raventós i Blanc, a scion from Codorníu, left the boat in 2012, alarms really went off. They are not only one of the quality leaders in the category, they are also direct descendants of the creator of the first sparkling wine in Spain and the first president of the Cava appellation. They did not seek refuge in the Penedès appellation, but instead they want to promote the creation of a new, smaller appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia.”
Verosso Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry
A classic Prosecco from the hills around Treviso in the Veneto region of north eastern Italy. Light straw in colour with a delicate fizz. Fresh watermelon and honeydew notes with a touch of apple on the gently off-dry palate which finishes clean. Delicious!
Veuve Clicquot – “La Grande Dame” Brut, 2004
Named after the ‘Grand Lady’ as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, ‘La Grand Dame’ is the flagship and pinnacle of Veuve Clicquot’s style. Elegant, refined and delicate, Grand Dame is the utmost homage to the role she played in the formative years of the Champagne house.
94 points James Suckling
“I drank this in Antibes, France today with some friends and I was pleasantly surprised. I have been pretty underwhelmed with Le Grand Dame recently but the 2004 shows a return to the finesse and balance of the cuvée. A balanced yet dense Champagne with dried apple, pear and hints of bread dough. Very appley and lemony. Pretty strawberry undertones. Full body, bright acidity and a round texture. Refined and flavorful. A little sweeter than some tête de cuvée Champagnes but delicious. One of the more balanced vintages of La Grande Dame. Drink now.” (7/2015)
94 points Wine Enthusiast
*Cellar Selection* “This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging.” (9/2012)
94 points Wine Spectator
“Sleek, with mouthwatering acidity and an aromatic base note of chalky minerality, this features well-meshed flavors of black currant pâte de fruit, pastry, candied ginger and almond skin. The finely detailed, creamy mousse lends lasting finesse to the finish. Drink now through 2025.” (11/2013)
93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(made from fruit grown in eight different grand crus, mostly Verzenay and Avize; lot 5122815): “Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees.” (12/2013)
91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years.” (DS) (11/2013)
17/20 Jancis Robinson
“61% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay. Six years on lees. Lovely biscuit and brioche richness. Very pure. Laser-like. Quite saline and taut. Still very simple on the palate, but undeniably super quality. Not heavy, but has strength.” (7/2012)
White Castle Vineyard – Sparkling White 2014 Brut, Wales
An elegant and wonderfully floral nose with hints of elderflower and gooseberry with some nice toasty notes.
It has a nice delicate mousse with good structure and biscuity flavours indicative of yeast lees ageing.