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NV Besserat de Bellefon Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Cuvee des Moines Brut" (1/17)

Winery: Besserat de Bellefon

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee des Moines Brut" (1/17)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 45% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $50

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: February 6, 2017

Wine Review: Over the years that I have tasted and covered the Besserat “Cuvee des Moines Brut”, I have noticed that it has evolved and changed. This “Cuvee des Moines” opens up with a bouquet of pan fried apples and peaches, atop a nicely toasted butter bread. On the palate, the Champagne is robust with pronounced stone fruit flavors with a ginger and tangerine finish. The finish is medium to long with an acidity that is well integrated. One of the better showings this year. It would pair well with bacon wrapped scallops. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant straw color with copper highlights. Fine, persistent froth forming a noticeable ring. The nose is open, beginning with floral aromas (honeysuckle, acacia) and dried flower notes. The aromatic palette reveals more fruity fragrances such as white peach and mirabelle plum. As the wine opens up, hazelnut and praline notes appear. The initial impact is fresh and lively, and the wine is full-bodied with a very silky structure, in full harmony with the complex aromas. Definite fresh fruit notes of apricot, pineapple, and bush peach. A long and assertive finish, boding well for this elegant and distinguished wine. To be enjoyed at all times. It will be at its very best with rousted poultry, white meats, served with sauce or wild fowl.

Organic status: not organic

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