95/100 Punkte Falstaff November 2018 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe, feines lebendiges Mousseux. Zarte Nuancen von weißer Birne, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten und Blütenhonig, zart nach Haselnuss, attraktives Bukett. Saftig, komplex, feine Fruchtsüße, unterlegt mit finessenreicher Säurestruktur, mineralisch, ein Hauch von gelber Tropenfrucht im Abgang, sehr gute Länge, sicheres weiteres Entwicklungspotenzial.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2019 From a single parcel in Urville, the 2008 Brut Grande Sendrée is exceptional, opening in the glass with incipiently rich aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, brioche, marzipan and wheat toast that seems to be on the cusp of acquiring more nutty complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and tight-knit, with superb concentration and structural tension, built around racy acids and concluding with an attractively chalky finish. In keeping with the vintage, this is quite a tensile, reserved Grande Sendrée, but its potential is considerable. Readers should plan on forgetting the 2008 for another four or five years if they wish to catch it at the beginning of its plenitude. It's a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, one-third of which was fermented in barrel; it was disgorged after seven years sur lattes with five grams per liter dosage.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 The 2005 Le Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru Coeur de Terroir is a 40% barrel-fermented Blanc de Blancs Brut that was disgorged in April 2015, exactly nine years after the tirage (dosage of five grams). White golden color, the deep and fresh aromas on the nose indicate great purity and clear expression of fruit from a chalky terroir. This is a full-bodied, rich and complex, yet also pure, lean and impressively structured Champagne. It is full of tension, grip and mineral expression. The lemon-fresh finish is enormously long and complex, and the wine is perfectly dosaged. Highly recommended.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 Sourced from five plots in the village, the Chardonnay for the 2006 Le Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru Coeur de Terroir was entirely vinified in small oak barrels. It was kept on the lees until the bottling in April 2007 and disgorged in July 2017 as Extra Brut (with a dosage of four to five grams per liter). This wine offers a very deep, perfectly ripe, pure, fresh and elegant bouquet of great complexity, featuring ripe fruit aromas that are intertwined with iodine and concentrated citrus notes. Almost steely in the background but overall generous, the 2006 is highly elegant and complex, with a lovely oxidative touch and good structure. Pure, fresh and finessed on the palate, this is a very elegant and balanced yet tensioned grand cru with a long, aromatic, perfectly round and accessible finish. This can be cellared for at least 10 to 15 years if you like matured Champagne. There is a lot of life and vitality in this cuvée. Great finish#fresh
93100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 From chalk and silex soils, the golden-yellow colored 2006 Le Mont Aimé Premier Cru Coeur de Terroir has a very particular bouquet for the Côte des Blancs and needs a while to get rid of its rather reductive style (36% was fermented in small oak barrels). Concentrated citrus flavors evolve after a while in the glass. This could also be a ripe and flinty Chablis with bubbles. On the palate, this is a beautifully elegant, refined and rather crystalline Champagne, and its linear elegance is pretty unique. The finish is pure, salty and rather piquant but ripe. This is a fascinating wine that I perhaps slightly underrated in my review from two years ago (in Issue #225). This sample was disgorged in July 2017, about 2.5 years after the one I tasted in early 2016 for my previous review. The dosage is 3.5 grams per liter. The wine was bottled in April 2007, but the long lees aging adds a lot of elegance, finesse and charm. The finish is incredibl
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2017 The 2015 Lirac La Reine des Bois continues this estate's mastery of the appellation, combining hints of vanilla with black cherry fruit in a full-bodied, richly textured and tannic wine. The blend is 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, with up to 15% being aged in barriques. Longtime readers will be happy to know that the 2010 (still youthful) and the 2006 (nearing maturity) are drinking well. Based on that, expect this vintage to drink well through at least 2030.
93+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, October 2018 One-third each Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2016 Lirac La Reine des Bois continues this cuvée's tradition of overdelivering. Blueberry and mulberry fruit abound, dusted with cocoa and cinnamon. Full-bodied, rich and dense, it offers considerable aging potential, should you have the fortitude to resist it. It's juicy and long on the finish, where it picks up hints of licorice and baking spices. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Nov 30, 2018 Enticingly ripe, with dense raspberry and blackberry paste flavors forming the core while light anise, sweet spice and toast notes fill in around it. A licorice edge takes center stage through the finish. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now through.
93/100 Punkte Vinous Sep 2016 Medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, crushed rock, rosemary and medicinal herbs reminded me of a topnotch Chablis. Wonderfully elegant, precise and fine-grained, with intense soft citrus flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity (actually a moderate-for-the-vintage 4.0 grams per liter). Classy, seamless and utterly distinctive, with strong rocky minerality and a very long, perfumed back end. Not at all an outsized wine, this beauty finishes with terrific lift. Burrier noted that he could have served this wine first or last in the tasting (last year, he presented it first among his numerous climats), as it's from limestone soil above mother rock, with virtually no clay. The plateau around the winery is the youngest place in the area, geologically speaking, and Burrier noted that it's hard to grow anything on this windy, "austere" site.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff Helles Goldgelb mit grünen Reflexen. Sehr lebendiges Perlenspiel. In der Nase feinblättrige Aromen nach weißen Blüten, unterlegt mit Nuancen von Honigäpfeln, Ananas und Nektarine. Saftiger, frischer Säurebogen, salzige Mineralik, elegant, extraktsüßer Nachhall mit Mandelnoten und feinen Gewürzanklängen, große Länge mit pfeffrigem Touch. (25% Arbanne, 25% Petit Meslier, 25% Blanc Vrai, 25% Chardonnay).
93/100 Punkte Parker Apr 2019 The latest release of Drappier's NV Brut Blanc de Quatre Blancs Quattuor#an unusual blend of Arbanne, Petite Meslier, Blanc Vrai and Chardonnay#opens in the glass with an attractive bouquet of honeycomb, crisp yellow orchard fruit, dried white flowers, marzipan and toasted walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad and crisply fleshy, with a deep core of fruit, an elegant pinpoint mousse and tangy balancing acids, concluding with a long, nutty finish. This is a terrific rendition of this rare bottling, and it's more than a mere curio; indeed, it's well worth seeking out.
91/100 Punkte James Suckling Oct 2016 With attractive red berry fruits on the nose, this is big on the strawberry fruit charm and really fresh. The palate's soft, creamy and bathed in ripe red-fruit flavors. A really primary, pure and fresh Champagne. Drink now.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017 A graceful rosé that's lacy and airy in texture, with finely knit acidity enlivening the flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and lemon chiffon, accented by hints of smoke and spice. Drink now through 2022.