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'A serious Champagne offering value at this price.'
95 Points - Bob Campbell
My Wine Guy Direct Import
Champagne Castelnau. Let that be a name to remember as this is a Champagne house on the march. And with this, their first ever stunning foray in to the Australian market, you will soon be finding a new place on the shelf for this breathtaking bottle of bubbles (no doubt brushing aside the Veuve and Moet in the process).
We first noticed Castelnau late last year, and approached them to be the exclusive importer in Australia. Their bubbles are extraordinary - combining great value, huge third-party endorsements, a female chef de cave (still a rarity in Champagne) and a refreshing approach to winemaking that makes these something of a unique proposition in the market.
This is a house on the ascent, having recently celebrated 100 years in business, they've re-branded and relaunched, with a real focus on substance over marketing. The Castelnau Brut Reserve is a lot of Champagne for the money too, sourced from the top cru's of Reims, the Chardonnay dominant blend spends six years ageing on lees (four to five times the length of most 'house' Champagne's) ,meaning you are getting some incredible developed notes of brioche, honeyed toast and lemon biscuit.
The accolades have been coming in thick and fast for this latest disgorgement of the Reserve Brut, with Bob Campbell awarding the wine 95 points, and both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast heaping plenty of praise on the wine. It's easy to understand why, as this Champagne is created exactly like a top tier vintage cuvee. Made predominantly from the 2009 vintage, and with additions of 20% reserve base, this is about as good as it gets for a non-vintage cuvee.
Poured as the Champagne of choice on British Airways, and the exclusive Champagne of the Tour de France.
To create the Brut Réserve we have put together a blend where the subtlety and complexity of the Pinots are perfectly expressed and where the character of the Chardonnay adds, as if by alchemy, balance and style. The alchemist sought to turn base metal into gold, and when you close your eyes and taste you might think that our Chef de Caves has almost succeeded !
The reserve wines in the blend add maturity and complexity, and this is enhanced by an extended ageing of at least 6 years which is quite exceptional in Champagne. This refined champagne, perfect both as an aperitif and with the finest of food has a remarkable freshness on the finish.
Assemblage - 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier + 20% Reserve Wine.
Dosage - 8 g/L
Year of tirage - 2009
Disgorgement date - 2018
First impressions arouse the curiosity of the taster as they deliver a level of aromatic complexity rarely found in a non vintage Brut. The strength of the toasty notes from the Chardonnay recedes gradually to allow the sensation of spicy overtones of thyme and bay leaf to emerge. There are hints of white tobacco and dried flowers as well. Thanks to the presence of the reserve wines in the blend you begin to find warm praline flavours and toasted, grilled notes: gingerbread, almond, hazelnut are balanced by fruit notes of peach and ripe apricots. The freshness on the palate comes from the Chardonnay in the blend and this brings elegance to the finished wine.
The spirit of a vintage champagne in the body of a non vintage one » is perhaps the best way to describe the Brut Réserve.
'A blend of 40% pinot noir, 40% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay with 20% reserve wines and around six years on the yeast lees. Quite a tactile Champagne with good weight and mouth-feel. A strong bready yeast autolysis character, smooth texture and lengthy finish. A serious Champagne offering value at this price.'
95 Points - Bob Campbell
94 Points - Sam Kim
Gold Medal - Mundus Vini
Gold Medal - Sommelier Wine Awards
International Wine & Spirits Competition - Silver (Outstanding)
'Crisp and fruity, this mature-tasting wine has a fine toasty element in the background. Ripe and full with a creamy texture and warming aftertaste, it's ready to drink.'
'Fresh and lightly toasty, this creamy Champagne offers open-knit flavors of black currant, toasted brioche and lemon parfait. An accent of smoky mineral chimes in on the subtle finish.'
'I was struck immediately by the elegance of this Chardonnay-dominated blend from Reims Champagne House Castelnau whose cellar master is Elisabeth Sarcelet. Due to the relative high proportion of chardonnay it comes on like a blanc de blancs with a very floral nose. But further complexity is revealed with herbal qualities, ginger and apricots. The palate has a fine mousse with a rich creamy texture and long finish.'
Andy Cronshaw - Manchest Evening Standard
'Très chic, this champagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toasty aromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes of peaches, apricots and dried almonds, it’s delightfully fresh and a synergy of power and elegance.'
Sam Wylie-Harris, Associated Press
'If you’re flying on British Airways and lucky enough to be handed a glass of champagne before take-off it will probably be this. A first sip reveals plenty of fruity notes and lively acidity, but there is enough yeasty flavour to withstand the pressurised cabin.'
Will Lyons - Sunday Times (UK)
'There's a great balance between the lively acidity and the flavours of red apples, peaches and apricots. What's really impressive for a non-vintage Champagne is the rounded mouthfeel and touches of bread and brown sugar.'
Peter Ranscombe - Scottish Field
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