The 2001 Cuvee Grand Cellier d'Or is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from vines averaging 40 years of age. The wine spent ten months in small medium-toast French oak barrels, ranging from 4-6 years old. This is a gorgeous wine loaded with precision and poise in its sweet fruit. Delicate notes of smoke and minerals are woven throughout, adding further complexity as this medium-bodied wine opens up in the glass. Readers will have a hard time finding a better Champagne than this in the challenging 2001 harvest. (AG)
Yellow-gold with a frothy mousse. Fresh Meyer lemon, sweet butter, smoky minerals and jasmine on the powerfully scented nose. Bright and precise but also deep, offering sweet orange, licorice and chamomile flavors along with a subtle undercurrent of baking spices. Impressively smooth in texture, with good sappy cling on the long, smoky finish. No way I'd have guessed that this came from the usually forgettable 2001 vintage. (JR)
Shows very appealing aromas of vanilla, spices and coconut, with lemon, floral and apple flavors. High-pitched and elegant, with a firm, underlying structure and harmony. Finishes long, with an oak spice aftertaste. (BS)
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