View from the Cellar - John Gilman

Champagne Barnaut “Quintessence du Pinot Noir” Blanc de Noirs Brut NV  (Bouzy) 

The current release of Philippe Secondé’s “Quintessence du Pinot Noir” non-vintage Brut was finished with a  dosage of six grams per liter. It was disgorged in December of 2017. The wine is excellent on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet revealing scents of apple, white peach, fresh-baked bread, lovely soil tones, a hint of caraway seed and a gently smoky topnote. 

On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core, good soil signature, elegant mousse and a long, vibrant and classy finish. This is really lovely at the table. 

2019-2035. 91.      


Champagne Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Brut NV  (Bouzy)  Released in 2014  (Bouzy) 

This particular bottle of Philippe Secondé’s non-vintage Blanc de Noirs Brut is the same cuvée as the above, though it did not include the Quintessence du Pinot Noir sobriquet on the label back in this era. The bottle had been in a friend’s cellar for five years since release and was drinking very well with the additional bottle age, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of peach, apple, patissière, a fine base of soil, gentle smokiness and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full and very elegant in profile with the additional cellaring, with a lovely core, refined mousse and a long, complex and wide open finish that closes with lovely bounce and grip. This is now fully into its apogee and is drinking with style and grace.

2019-2040. 91.