Saturday, February 6, 2016

André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy

André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy
Bouzy, Champagne, France

Blanc de Noir Champagne! Grand Cru Champagne! Grower Champagne! So many points of intrigue. This beauty is made by the Clouet family in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, within the Montagne de Reims. It is made entirely from Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noir -- white from black) and spends 6 years on the lees (spent yeast cells) ensuring a wonderful, yeasty richness. So, does the wine live up to expectations? Let's find out...

Review: This Clouet is a pale gold color with vivid aromas of ripe pale apples, Asian pears, mineral, and toasty brioche. The palate is dry with bright acid, a finely beaded mousse, and creamy round texture. The orchard fruit is complemented ripe strawberry, hazelnuts, minerals, and a super duper hit of autolysis (yeast, toast, pastry). The finish is long and lingering.

Food Pairing: I served with with homemade pâté de campagne and a fresh baguette.

Bottom Line: The rich texture and flavor development on this wine are just fantastic. I wish I'd bought two!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Champagne AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: 100% Pinot Noir
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Paul's Wine and Spirits
What's the damage? Super Premium

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