"Lightly toasty on the nose, with grilled nut and smoke notes underscoring poached pear and pastry cream flavors. Rapierlike acidity keeps this fresh and focused, cleaning the creamy finish. Drink now." 90 Points, Wine Spectator
The strength of this golden-yellow wine is immediately pleasing to the nose while its complexity explodes on the palate. The initial notes of fruit are followed by more discreet aromas of brioche and vanilla when the wine is allowed to age in the bottle. Brut Carte Jaune offers a perfect balance of finesse and forcefulness.
Ripe, mature, easy Champagne, maintaining the Clicquot style of bottle maturity, with toast, sweet pastry and a rich, full-in-the-mouth character of white fruits. The finish is relatively soft.
Lightly toasty on the nose, with grilled nut and smoke notes underscoring poached pear and pastry cream flavors. Rapierlike acidity keeps this fresh and focused, cleaning the creamy finish. Drink now.
Josh Raynolds Vinous Media: 90 Points
Light gold. Musky orchard fruits and dried fig on the mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering smoky pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of honey. Finishes on a gently spicy note, with very good cling and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Things have definitely begun to turn around for this bottling, which had been lagging behind the winery's vintage offerings for some time.
The NV Brut offers up attractive notes of smoke, tar, rich ripe pears and flowers in a medium to full-bodied style. There is a good measure of persistence, although the wine could use a little more polish on the finish. This is Lot 14009913, disgorged between December, 2007 and January, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.