Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NVProduct #13994 (In Stock)
Color/Type Sparkling Country/State France Price $75 - $100 Producer Eric Rodez Region Champagne Varietal Other
"Grand Vintages" is Eric's celebration of Champagne's greatest harvests, and this release includes wine from vintages 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, and 1999. The 70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay base wines were aged in barrel with no malo. The blended wine spent 8 years on the lees and was finished with 2 g/l dosage.
With that background, you'd expect richness, complexity, and fantastic length - all of which are here in spades - but the delicacy of texture and transparency of the palate are surprising delights. Lots of toast and smoke aromas and flavors frame a mélange of rich orchard, stone, and citrus fruit and give way to cut flowers, truffle, and minerality on the long finish. Simply stunning, and very Krug-like for about $145 less.
"Exceptional complexity. Very rich and layered. Flowers and swallowable and very different form the norm. Transparent." Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 Points
"An intriguingly perfumed nose evokes poached pear, orange zest, sweet butter and honey, along with a smoky quality and a chalky mineral overtone. Chewy, very deep citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complicated by suggestions of toasted brioche, white truffle and candied fig. Finishes very long and smoky, with resonating floral and mineral qualities." Vinous (Reynolds) 93 Points