Jacques Selosse “I’ve mentioned the name of Anselme Selosse on several occasions... partly because he’s my favorite grower and partly because he’s the most original winemaker in all of Champagne... Selosse’s wines have given Champagne a new dimension, with their unique, vinous, Chardonnay style... Despite this fame, his wines cost nothing compared to Pétrus, Romanée-Conti, or Krug Clos du Mesnil.” — Richard Juhlin, 4000 Champagnes. 59.60EUR
Jerome Prevost La Closerie, 90 points, 37 Euro's. Something for the braver tasters but excellent! Relatively new on the scene, Jerome Prévost, and his estate called Champagne La Closerie, is part of a small but growing group of tiny producers making intense, vinous-styled Champagnes. Rather than follow the traditional Champagne model of blending grapes, vintages, and vineyards to produce a "standardized" product, Prevost produce single vin
Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009 92 points | 27,900 cases made | White The best Far Niente Chardonnay in some time. This delivers very complex aromas and flavors, with subtle tiers of ripe pear, honeydew melon, fig and apricot, as well as hints of toasty, vanilla-scented oak.
91 points: Biodynamic, no-dosage, grower Champagne from way out in Aube. If that isn’t enough to intrigue, I don’t know what is. This tasting note is from the 2006 base vintage, disgorged in early-2009 (kudos for actually printing this on the label, though technically a non-vintage). Deep golden color with a fine bead. Red apple / farmy nose – imagine a brisk autumn morning in the apple orchard. Palate starts out strong with flavors of apple, baking spice, and even some pepper.