Pale copper-pink color. Strawberry and musky lees on the nose, accented by subtle high notes of orange zest, fresh apricot and flowers (reminded me a bit of muscat!). On the palate, subtly sweet red fruit and musky lees flavors are complicated by an enticing earth note. Less impressive on the back half than on the nose, finishes with a slight edge and moderate length. But an intriguing and inviting sparkling wine nonetheless.
Bele Casel is a small, artisanal winery which makes its Prosecco with fruit grown in the subdistricts of Santo Stefano and Sacol, largely considered the best source of Prosecco in the Valdobbiadene region. Extra dry.
87 points Fine Wine Review: “I continue to search in the U.S. for the charming, insouciant, slightly sweet, low alcohol Prosecco that I have become accustomed to in Italy. For the most part, I keep running into Champagne wannabes. For the time being, this is the closest I have come to the holy grail. This wine is offdry with both the austerity of a fine sparkling wine and the pear fruit of Prosecco, and the slightest bit of creaminess in texture. (Issue #118; 2007)”
“Light yellow-gold. Orange and pear aromas are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and honeysuckle. Silky in texture and nicely precise, with juicy orchard fruit flavors and a tangy note of Meyer lemon. Dry but in no way austere. Blends depth and energy smoothly and finishes with excellent clarity and nervy cut.”
91 points – International Wine Cellar (Stephan Tanzer)
This wine is the result of winemaker Pierluigi Lugano’s collaboration with a colleague who owns vineyards situated in the Treviso district of the Veneto. This lightly sparkling wine is particularly distinctive as Lugano insists on producing the cuvée in a bone-dry style. The Prosecco is bottled early to maintain its freshness and is released in the early months of the year following the harvest.
Tasting Notes: Incredibly refreshing with sundry hints of saline, minerals, citrus and herbs, this dry sparkler is made from Italy’s ancient Glera grape (best known as Prosecco). The traditional bottle cap closure provides joyous accessibility for outdoor patio or beach dining.
The Pierre Péters estate, situated in the heart of the “Côte des Blancs” in the village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, has been a family house for six generations and has produced Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagnes since 1919.
Champagne grower-producer, the wines come exclusively from own vineyards. The house currently operates just over 19 hectares of Chardonnay, mainly located in the communes of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.
The family has developed from generation to generation, its own selection of grapes (mass selection). They have been able to maintain and age vineyards which are now 30-years old on average. Each year in respect of the environment, they adapt the cultivation methods to obtain healthy grapes. so that The Champagne expresses more precisely the richness, subtlety and the elegance of the great “terroirs” of the Côte des Blancs.
This is the name of our special vintage which refers to a beautiful “lieu-dit”, a place found in the Grand Cru village of le Mesnil sur Oger. They own three plots of old vines (aged over 45 years), acquired in 1930. Each parcel is vinified separately and blended to produce a single vineyard vintage. All the power and the minerality of the Mesnil’s calcareous soil is expressed in this wine produced since 1971. Its reputation has surpassed estate borders and even Michael Edwards himself describes Les Chétillons as “one of the most beautiful pieces of land of Champagne.
“The Grand Brut Cuvee Les Chétillons articulates its mineral birthplace with greater precision than anywhere in Champagne outside the thundering single vineyards of Krug itself, and no vintage expresses this more exhilaratingly than 2008. Its length is in another league, navigating undeterred for minutes, propelled by an acid line that shimmers like jet exhaust.”
This is becoming very fine, and watch out; it’s entirely different from its old apples-and-butter form, more oystery and chalky and ginger and talc, with the apple-butter thing skulking in the mid-palate. It’s racy, on the tensile side. I’d be a lot happier with three more grams of rs, but you won’t agree if you prefer a vigorously dry Champagne.
Wine & Spirits – “Scents of ginger and chalk hold this wine to a long, narrow frame. The flavors are precise and floral, yielding scents of cherry blossoms and supple apple notes. It feels tight and austere, classical in its profile, a mouthwatering Champagne for salmon tartare. Best Buy”
Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “The NV Brut Cuvée Ste.-Anne is, as always, a terrific introduction to Alexandre Chartogne’s wines. Equal parts Pinot and Chardonnay, the Ste.-Anne offers lovely textural breadth and nuance. Almonds, honey, mint and dried pears open up nicely in the glass. Think of the Ste.-Anne like a village-level Burgundy from a top grower. Best of all, the Ste.-Anne is a terrific value in fine, artisan Champagne. Drink this forward, supple Champagne over the next few years.”
Wine Spectator – “An elegant aperitif, with a fine, creamy mousse and vibrant acidity enlivening the delicate flavors of black cherry, chalky mineral, creamed apple, pastry and lemon zest. . Drink now through 2019.”
99 points Wine Spectator
Wine of the Year 2014, Highly Recommended, Collectibles
Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060.
The Wine Advocate