Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NVProduct #13997 (In Stock)
Color/Type Sparkling Country/State France Price $30 - $50 Producer Eric Rodez Region Champagne Varietal Other
Over the past few years, Cuvee Crayeres has graduated from a delicious introduction to Eric's wines to a complex, distinctive, very grand wine of it's own. It's still a 60/40 blend of Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with about 40% aged in barrel and 60% allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. But now it showcases the full range of Eric's blending talents, with just 38% of the wine coming from the 2010 harvest and the rest chosen from various lots of 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 wines.
More than one taster has compared Crayeres to Bollinger over the years, and while the similarity is there, Crayeres is always a bit more fresh and vigorous. Golden fruit, toast, minerality, and exotic citrus aromas and flavors keep pulling you back for another sniff and sip. Jancis Robinson's comment from the 2013 release still holds here. "Serious champagne. Rather Bollinger style. Long - almost smokes a cigar, this champagne!"
"Aromas of Poire William, white flowers and honey are lifted by a zesty mineral topnote. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering very good lift and clarity to its bitter quince and peach pit flavors. Closes on an emphatic, sharply focused mineral note, with firm grip and spicy persistence." Vinous (Reynolds) 91 Points