The Larmandier-Bernier 2006 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Vieille Vigne de Cramant – disgorged in late 2012 – is gorgeously scented with intimations of sea breeze and oyster liquor along with toasted rye, its palate richness consisting also of suggestions of oyster and clam liquor that make for a saliva-tugging savor, while hints of stony and crystalline elements engage in a delightfully dynamic and protracted counterpoint with fresh lemon-drizzled apple and pear.
L. Aubry Fils Brut Premier Cru is an austere, structured Champagne with a rich grain element interwoven with cherry, apple, wildflower and almond notes. This is a distinctive, expertly crafted sparkling wine that will vastly enhance a meal of albacore or oysters. Though the blend is carefully adapted from year to year.
45% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau.
An subtle nose with plenty of fine autolysis aromas of fresh bread and sweetly fragrant yeasty notes, plus some gentle spice and chalky notes. The palate unleashes beautiful wild strawberry fruit flavors, super fresh, fleshy and pure. Great balance and depth. Drink now. (94 points James Suckling)
45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier
The NV Brut Special Cuvee is fabulous. Hints of pears, pastry crust and hazelnut lead to an expansive core of fruit. There is plenty of the signature Bollinger oxidative style in this rich, enveloping Champagne. Once again the Special Cuvee is one of the best Champagnes in its price range.
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier