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NV Besserat Cuvee des Moines Brut Blanc de Blancs 12.5%


A bit sulfury on the nose, but as that blows off, this shows aromas of peach, melon, lots of toast and a little cheesiness. Very soft in the mouth with a fine mousse, bright acids and a dry feel. This is really lovely and superbly drinkable, with a refreshing quality on the lightly chalky, decidedly lemony and lemon pithy finish.  This presents a lovely delicacy, not particularly complex but with admirable purity. 91pts


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  • Greg-
    For those of us who do not live in NYC, how about rating the Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Mumms Mouton Rouge and a few other personal favorites? In reading your column, I did not find some of my common choices even mentioned. I like to learn, but if you don't give me a solid reference frame, I am disappointed. I'm fine with your Bollinger, Taittinger, Laurent Perrier ratings. Perhaps, I expect too much and these are enough for a good comparison. Happy New Year.

    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

  • Dear friends & family,

    Another great article, on some outstanding price quality Champagnes, for your New Year celebration !


    Dec 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM

  • Snooth User: spicycurry
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    No grower Champagnes?

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

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