Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: **** $$$ Roux de Beauces Champagne Grande Reserve, France, Non-Vintage

By way of background, opening thoughts: Champagne often starts with a hefty price tag.  Here is a somewhat more modestly-priced offering from the Barclay's Wine online collection, which provided the review sample.

Original tasting and review : This is Roux de Beauces Champagne Grande Reserve, France, Non-Vintage, finished at 12.% alcohol.

In the glass: Almost clear with a light vanilla cast, with nice even trails of bubbles.

On the nose: Poured cool, shows light, sweet yeast with hints of lemon and mixed citrus.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and light-hearted.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full and almost luscious on the mid-palate, offering off-dry flavors of graham cracker biscuits. Finishes quite long, with just the lightest whisps of bright acidity poking up from time to time to whisk the flavors along.  More mixed citrus elements come to bear as the finish unfolds.

In summary: Overall, this rates an impressive four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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