View from the Cellar - John Gilman

The  current  release  widely  available  in  the  market  of  Philippe  Secondé’s  Champagne Barnaut “Grande Réserve” non-vintage Brut was disgorged in June of 2018 and is composed of its  customary  blend  of  two-thirds  pinot  noir  and  one-third  chardonnay.  It  was  finished  with  a dosage of six grams per liter and hails from the base year of 2014, though with its customary portion of reserve wine from the solera started by the original Monsieur Barnaut all the way back in the nineteenth century and refreshed every year since that time. The wine is excellent on the nose,  wafting  from  the  glass  in  a  refined  blend  of  apple,  white  peach,  patissière,  chalky  soil tones, gentle floral tones and a whiff of fresh-baked bread in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core, elegant mousse, bright acids and a long, classy and quite open finish. This has the generosity of Bouzy, while still staying impressively  light  on  its  feet  and  vivacious  in  personality.  It  is  a  first  class  non-vintage  Brut. 

2019-2045+. 91.