Wine Region: Champagne, France
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
This Champagne is revealed in a charming pale yellow dress with topaz nuances. Time has brought its patina to reveal the complexity. Hawthorn mingles with acacia honey, beeswax and almond paste. At aeration this champagne resumes its murmurings, the quince paste responds to the raspberry jelly and exchange
with bergamot and lukewarm pastries. The mouth is tonic, present and tease the taste buds. The bubble is caressing and balances the jam
strawberry and ripe blood orange. This harmony is followed by a delicate minerality and lovely bitterns where tangerine notes are revealed.
Wine Spectator 94 pts - Very minerally on the nose, with brine and smoke accents leading to flavors of cassis, mandarin orange peel and dried white cherry on the buoyant, creamy mousse. Bright and harmonious, with a rich, lasting finish of toast, chopped hazelnut and spice. Disgorged May 2015. Drink now through 2028.
Wine Enthusiast 94 pts - This ripe wine offers great balance between the rich, structured Pinot Noir and the mineral Chardonnay. From a very fine vintage, it reveals intense flavors, layers of ripe apple and a taut texture that promises further aging. The wine can be drunk now, but it will be so much better from 2018.
James Suckling 93 pts - A step up on the previous release (2006), this has good punchy, assertive and focused style to it with ripe lemons and peach fruits, some blueberry pastry, plenty of autolysis and honey. The palate's smooth and dense, has impressive phenolic shape and drive, and balances neatly through the finish.
About the Winery
The Grande Sendree Cuvee takes its name from a parcel of land covered by cinders after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. A spelling error having slipped through in a new version of the land register, it is with an "s" that this cuvee is designated today. A reproduction of an 18th century bottle found in the Urville cellars is used and the Grande Sendree undergoes remuage entirely by hand.
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