Caroline Henry

Location: Champillon, G

Wine Professional, Certified Sommelier, Wine Writer and Educator living, breathing and writing about wine and specializing in Champagne :-)

Outstanding Terroir Champagnes by members of Trait-d'Union

Excellent Terroir wines of cult status

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Champagne Selosse Lieux-Dits le Mesnil Sur Orger les Carelles (NV)
Comments: This wine reminded me of a sparkling Palamino - it has a lot of umami, some oxidized notes and a crisp saline finish. Then one is hit by the different layers - some toasted hazelnuts, a little dried almost stewed apricot, some semi dried figs, and candied lemon peel. An amazing experience in Extra Brut!!
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2 Larmandier Bernier-Coteaux Champenois Vertus Red (2005)
Comments: Crisp, fresh, layered and very morish. This wine has a wonderful minerality reminding me of Tuna sahimi especially in the finish. The bubbles are small, the nose has a lot of white flowers, accasia, some meyer lemon and candied lime notes, a little crisp green apple and the amazing umami finish - which leaves you salivating for the next sip!!
Average price: $82.67 from 4 stores
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3 R. Coulon Champagne "Esprit de Vrigny" (NV)
Comments: Fresh, crisp,lots of fruity notes - think very ripe red apple, apricot, a little wild strawberry, as well as a some mineral notes on the nose. On the palate this wine is amazingly round and balanced and very pure. Again one notes the awesome mineralty, some stewed apple and apricot flavours, and a a nutty finish (hazelnut,pecan and toasted walnut).
Previously available for $45.68
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4 Champagne Jacquesson Dizy Terres Rouges Rose de Saignee (2007)
Comments: This Champagne is truly amazing!!!! It is a red wine with bubbles. The colour stuns, as does the nose of fresh berries (strawberry, raspberry and even a little red current). On the palate this is definitely a wine - totally reminiscent of Pinot Noir, with even a little forest floor and coriander seed in the long finish
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5 Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny (NV)
Average price: $69.99 from 2 stores
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6 Champagne -Prevost Jerome Extra Brut la Closerie les Beguines (NV)
Previously available for $60.88
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