These two cuvées are the perfect introduction to the wonderful qualities of grower Champagne. One is bold and bursting with delicate aged aromas and flavors, while the other is light, fresh, and bright.
Adrien Redon Un R d'autrefois Extra Brut
Light lemon-y color with hints of gold, but mostly yellow. An intense nose of citrus and white flowers comes to life after a few minutes in the glass. Almond and fresh pastry flavors abound on the palate. The finish is nice and long. Overall it's tart, very clean and has beautiful, lingering acidity that provokes contemplation and enjoyment.
Jean Baillette Prudhomme Brut Réserve Premier Cru
This Brut Réserve Cuvée might be Laureen Baillette's entry-level Champagne but it certainly doesn't taste entry-level as it is blended with 50% reserve wine from the early 2000 vintages. This gives the Brut Réserve over 3 years of age on its lees and provides for wonderful complexity. It is fresh and bright with delightful effervescence and acidity, but is also has some serious depth and a beautiful lingering finish.