Castelnau, Brut, Champagne, France 2006

Best in Show

Best in Show
Decanter World Wine Awards

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub-region: Champagne
Grape(s): Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Meunier 30%, Pinot Noir 20%
Producer: Castelnau
Alc: 12.5

Castelnau, Brut, Champagne, France 2006 Castelnau, Brut, Champagne, France 2006

Praise has been lavished on the 2008 Champagne vintage in recent years, and justly -- but this beautifully aged Champagne also underscores how the 2006 vintage, here as elsewhere in France, has a terrific amount of pleasure to offer. The colour has yet to deepen towards gold, and for the time being keeps its bright straw allure; the aromas are rich, bready, enticing and refined, beginning to show the harmony of age. It's pure and structured on the palate, clearly built on fine Meunier and Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay adding grace notes and charm. The dosage is sagely discreet: cellar time as much as grams of sugar give the wine its finishing roundness and poise.

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