Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Issue 238 (Aug 18)
Grower Champagne – The Best Is Yet To Come.
Vieille Vigne du Levant 2009 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut.
The golden-yellow colored 2009 Vieilles Vignes du Levant Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra is sourced from up to 90-year-old vines in the Bourron du Levant lieu-dit in Cramant. It offers a deep, intense, powerful and complex nose that reminds me of great wines from Burgundy or Jura. Rich, intense and endlessly juicy but also highly finessed and thus seemingly weightless, this is a very complex, persistently mineral and structured Cramant with great tension, finesse and generosity. It sounds like a paradox, but this is the old-vines Cramant from the Larmandier family.
Les Chemins d’Avize 2011 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut.
The 2011 Les Chemins d’Avize Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut is from a southeast-facing vineyard and offers a deep, fresh, very elegant and flinty bouquet with pure mineral and floral aromas along with citrus, herbs and perfectly ripe, concentrated fruit notes. On the palate, this is a highly finessed and expressive Champagne from Avize. The wine has perfectly ripe, lush and concentrated fruit, and its finish is terribly long and intense but also clear, precise, fresh and very well structured. This is a great Champagne from Avize.Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Issue 238 (Aug 18)