NV Henri Giraud Grand Cru ‘Aÿ Fût de Chêne’ MV Brut Rosé$258.00VN 94Vinous 94: A rich, sumptuous wine, the NV Fût de Chêne Rosé captures the essence of the Giraud house style. Rich, flamboyant and exotic, it possesses remarkable depth and textural resonance. Two years after its disgorgement, it is starting to show the first signs of aromatic development. I expect it will have a shorter maturation curve than some of the other wines in this range, but it is also exceptionally polished and expressive today. This release is 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay, with 8 percent still Pinot. Dosage is 7.5 grams per liter. Disgorged January 2015.
2006 Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’$155.00WS 94WA 94JS 94WE 94DC 95Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94: The prestigious 2006 La Grande Dame is made from 47 percent Chardonnay and 53 percent Pinot Noir, and assembles the fruit of eight grand cru villages. Very intense and complex on the nose, this is a full-bodied, round, rich and mouth-filling, but also refined prestige cuvée; it reveals a fascinating purity, precision and freshness. The finish is long and complex, and shows a spicy minerality. There are coffee beans, bread and toast aromas in the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended.
NV Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow Label’ Brut$54.00WS 90JS 92Wine Spectator 90: This is tightly knit and racy, with a spicy underpinning and a clean-cut mix of poached pear, grated ginger and pink grapefruit zest. An aperitif style, showing a crisp, lacy finish. Drink now.James Suckling 92: Some oyster shell, berry biscuits, fresh strawberries and gently toasty brioche here. Lots to like. The palate is plump and flavorsome with plenty of berries and citrus intertwined. Good depth here. Grapefruit finish.