“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.
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.”
Delicately fruity and delightfully refreshing, Sofia Blanc de Blancs is a rare blend of Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat. The crisp flavors of apples and pears are made brighter by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. Elegant in character, this wine is lightly textured and vibrant through the finish.
This nearly garnet Rose, like all our non-vintage sparkling wines, is aged 24 months en tirage. It has a lovely, bright floral bouquet with hints of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. On the palate, it is rich and fruity in a dry, Brut style. The flavor of berries continues on the palate, revealing more strawberry, raspberry, cherry. This sparkler is lots of fun and very festive, but production is limited to 5000 cases per year, so don’t miss out!
($49; L630357149) Bright yellow-gold with a slow bead. Deep, musky pear, peach skin and yellow plum on the nose. Sappy and full, offering gently sweet pit fruit and pear flavors that pick up a smoky note with air. Comes across as drier than the last couple of releases under this label, with a touch of finishing bitterness and a lingering note of spicecake.
(100% pinot noir; L23PY106250): Bright orange-pink. Powerful aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, fresh flowers and Asian spices, with a toasty element in the background. Intense red fruit flavors are braced by tangy acidity and pick up notes of anise and toasty lees with air. Bright and racy on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence.
A very elegant Champagne that has a fine mousse, with a lovely, fine and biscuity character on the nose and palate which lasts through to the finish. Made from Pinot Noir this wine has a mature biscuity nose and a full clean palate with hints of ripe apple.
Marc Hebrart and his wife started making Champagne in 1963, adding to the land little by little due to the high price of land in Champagne. In 1983, their son Jean-Paul started his own small production. In 1997 the family created E.A.R.L. Champagne Hebrart by merging the two enterprises together, making Jean-Paul the director of the company.
The signature are there, and there’s a stealthy richness on the mid-palate; with five minutes in the glass it really exhales. A sumptuous yet articulate wine.
Wine & Spirits – “As Michael Engelmann of The Modern in NYC said, “If you know about wine, or don’t know, this would make you happy. Maybe it’s more on the winelover’s side.” Maybe that’s because it’s refreshing: spicy, open and gently brisk. It seems like the perfect oyster wine as it tastes of the sea in the soil. A touch of pink grapefruit, a hint of green spice, an essence of pinot noir.”
Wine Spectator – “This mouthwatering and balanced bubbly is refined in texture, offering lively blackberry, candied lemon zest, blanched almond and fleur de sel notes, with a creamy, spiced finish.”