Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NVProduct #13994

Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV
Color/Type Sparkling
Country/State France
Price $75 - $100
Producer Eric Rodez
Region Champagne
Varietal Other

A blend of Grand Cru wines from the greatest Champagne vintages of the past 15 years, including 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998, and several others back through the mid-1990s.  Oak aging of the base wines and early 8 years aging on the lees in bottle gives this a depth and complexity to go with massive power - but also keeps it fantastically fresh and vibrant.

"Sexy floral, mineral-accented aromas of poached pear, blood orange and nectarine, with buttered toast and iodine overtones. Juicy, penetrating, pure orchard fruit and red berry flavors show impressive depth and slowly building spiciness, with no rough edges. The mineral quality comes back strong on the strikingly long finish, which features a sexy rose pastille nuance and a hint of anise."International Wine Cellar 93 points

"“Barrel-fermented from 70% Pinot and 30% Chardonnay with malo blocked, the multi-vintage Rodez NV Brut Cuvee des Grand Vintages L0912 delivers the layered mystery that I seek in the best Ambonnay wines, beginning with a nose of gentian and violet; ocean breeze, and crustacean shell reduction; not to mention intimations of the white peach, apple, grapefruit and pineapple that go on to constitute the luscious, tart-edged fruit matrix on this wine’s polished palate. There is both a shimmering mineral expression and a salivary gland-tugging saline savor in the long finish. Look for this to impress at table for at least another 2-3 years.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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