Charles Clement Champagne Cuvee Speciale Brut NVProduct #32579 (Not Available)

Charles Clement Champagne Cuvee Speciale Brut NV
Color/Type Sparkling
Country/State France
Email Wines Q3 2017 (July-sept)
Price $30 - $50
Producer Charles Clement
Region Champagne
Varietal Other
Vintage Nv

A luxury Champagne on every dimension other than price.  The 59 wine growers who make up this Aube-based co-op select their best Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir for this high-end bottling.  This year’s release is based on vintage 2008, with 40% of the blend taken from older “reserve” wines, all fermented and aged in tank (no oak).  It was blended and bottled in 2009 and then rested on the fine lees of secondary fermentation for six years before disgorgement and a light dosage.

Aube Champagnes excel in their richness, breadth and depth, and all of that is on display here.  The aromas and flavors are complex, with layers of toast, yellow stone fruit, ripe apple, and yeasty mineral forming the core and subtle accents of red berry, lemon rind, and toasted hazelnut adding complexity.  It’s beautiful in the glass, with the fine bubbles only extended aging can provide, and envelops your  palate with zesty richness before finishing fine, dry and long.  A joy to drink by itself and wildly versatile at table with everything from subtle seafood to grilled steak.  Absurdly high quality for the price.

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