2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne SKU #1329480

$29.99

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Tasting Notes

This all estate grown gem from Baron Fuente is composed of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir from around Charly-sur-Marne. This drinks great right now because of the wonderfully ripe 2009 vintage in Champagne, but will also keep great in good storage over the medium term. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    2/24/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    While 2008’s strength was structure and acidity, 2009 shines with supreme drinkability and luxurious texture. Buttery notes on the nose with pure pear fruit through the palate, plus hints of lemon and leesy toastiness, this release of Baron-Fuente’s "Grand Millesime" finishes cleaner than expected for such a rich style. A welcome addition to our Direct Import Champagne collection, and a killer value as well.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    2/14/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I have grown to love the opulence and pizzaz of the 2009 vintage Champagnes, and Baron Fuente's really drives the point home. It showcases the richness of the vintage with concentrated flavors of dried apricots, ripe persimmons and exotic spice but with a balancing acidity and incredible texture and toast from the long lees aging. To find vintage Champagne of this quality under $30 is truly a miracle, don't miss out on this one!
  • Jordan Stone
    By: Jordan Stone
    2/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    You will not believe this is a low dosage champagne. It is crisp and lively with the acidity well in check. Cooked apples and stone fruit with nutty yeasty flavors. Good richness and still light with fine bubbles. great with appetizers, white pasta or soft cheese. Yes please!
  • Cliff Spinola
    By: Cliff Spinola
    2/6/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The dry, low dosage characteristics of this Champagne make it a truly lip-smacking wine that screams for food. A great way to start your meal and enjoy with a savory amuse bouche. Baron Fuente never fails to deliver quality at a great price and you can always feel confident opening a bottle of this at your next dinner party.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    2/6/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Made from 100% estate fruit from Charly Sur Marne, the 2009 "Grand Millesime" is powerful and rich. Hailing from a ripe, sunny vintage, the dosage is low, and the result is a wine that accentuates the natural quality of the fruit. The overall impression of the wine is clean and dry, but with a toasty depth and opulence.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    1/26/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2009 sings with an opulence that reminds me of a stone fruit crumble. Toasty spices, hint of nutmeg with notes of white nectarine are all balanced on the framework of lovely acidity and tight bubbles. This is such a fine bottle of Champagne to drink now and over the next few years.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    1/19/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    1/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    In contrast to the zesty 2008, this newly released 2009 is essentially lush with (browned) apple butter, yellow fruits and caramel. While lush on the palate, it does have a nice, clean finish with fine acidity, Meyer lemon and nectarines. Another vintage gem from Baron Fuente!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    1/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    First and foremost, it's always good to mention that vintage Champagnes are only produced when the harvest warrants it, which usually means you can add an extra $10 -$30 to the bottle cost. Hence, when I see vintage Champagne from a grower who actually owns and farms his own grapes selling for $29.99, my ears perk up. Getting real Champagne of any level of quality for less than $30 today is a rarity as is, let alone vintage Champagne from a grower/producer. So let's talk about the quality: the nose is lively, fresh, and enticing. Citrus notes dance along side brioche and bready notes, and everything about the aromas screams out FUN! When you taste the 2009 Baron Fuente, however, and the clean flavors give way to a nutty, almond skin finish with leesy richness and texture, you begin to wonder just how the Baron family managed to pack this much incredible quality into such an affordable and accessible package. I'm still scratching my head seven bottles later.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    1/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    A rich, beautiful Champagne! The 2009 was a ripe and therefore accessible vintage for enjoying now. Pretty pie crust, soft spiced pear and apple, and lemon zest with the lightest notes of chalky mineral showing as the wine warms in the glass. Lovely as your next house Champagne- or for your upcoming Oscar party!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    1/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The lovely, old school toastiness of this Grand Millesime grabbed me from the very first sniff! Baron Fuente has got a real winner from the warm 2009 harvest here, with beurre d'isigny cream and savor, but backed up with more than enough snappy refreshment to keep me coming back for more. This is an excellent aperitif, but will also go very well with gougeres or other finger foods.
    Drink from 2018 to 2029

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