Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - This displays classic champagne notes of mushroom, baked pear, and hints of toasted hazelnut before taking a turn for the exotic in the form of clove, banana, and yellow plum, and hints of bouillon. Supple rather than incisive, it’s generous but graceful on the palate. (Dec 15 2014)
Vinous 92 points - Sleek acidity trims the sails of this otherwise rich and expansive Champagne, keeping it finely balanced and racy throughout. Flavors of roasted hazelnut, crushed blackberry, ripe apricot, honey and ginger biscuit glide on the silky palate to a saline-tinged finish. Drink now through 2029. -AN
(features a relatively low dosage of five grams per liter): Light yellow. Pungent aromas of poached pear, tangerine and toasty lees, with a stony nuance adding vivacity. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an emerging hint of smokiness. Finishes sappy and very long, with excellent clarity and a whiplash of chalky minerals. Disgorged in September, 2013. LAH5Z.