2016 Joyeux Noel
Grongnet Cuvée Blanc de Noirs
The appearance is classically blond and straw colored, while the smell is very attractive with raspberry, chestnut, and fresh baked baguette all coming to the front. The taste is balanced between freshness and vinosity and reveals flavors of bread, baked apples, and a hint of limestone. The finish is long, persistent, and graceful.
Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Cuvée Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru
This has an incredibly unique color as it matches a very red raspberry. This color comes from four days of maceration, where the Pinot Noir grapes ferment with their red skins before the juice is bled off (saignée), and fermentation continues without the skins. The Champagne is light, with nice structure and a fine acidity to balance the fruit. This is indeed fruit forward, but not in the least bit sweet.