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2002 Besserat de Bellefon Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Cuvee des Moisnes Brut Millesime"

Winery: Besserat de Bellefon

Vintage: 2002

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee des Moisnes Brut Millesime"

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 54% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Meunier & 15% Pinot Noir

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $70

Cases produced: 150

KWG Score: 93 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: October 7, 2014

Wine Review: This straw colored traditional-styled Champagne opens with a toasted nuts and candied fruit like bouquet with hints of brett. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and shows ample acidity. The flavor profile is toasty caramelized pear with hints of tangerine.. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite a while. The panel suggested serving this very traditional Champagne with Thai food. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The intense robe, which is golden yellow with satiny tints, gives rise to abundant fine bubbles. Very expressive nose with complex notes of very ripe fruits (pear, quince) and fruit jelly. On aeration, the range of grilled and toasted fragrances appears. Once it has warmed slightly, they give way to minty and spicy notes, including ginger, cinnamon and anise. On the palate, it is very full, powerful and rich. The natural freshness of our wines maintains the perfect balance between strength and finesse that characterizes this exceptional vintage. The finish is fruity generous and persistent. This vintage is an excellent wine for drinking with meals. It is an ideal accompaniment for seafood bouillabaisse with Thai spices or pan-fried line-caught sea bass.

Organic status: not organic

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