TOM CATNNAVAN - UK
GRANDE RÉSERVE, BRUT NATURE, 91/100
It has a bold lemon yellow colour and small bubbles that dissipate quite quickly. On the nose, a big, bold rush of sour apple and nettle fruit with plenty of citrus too. On the palate this wine is racy and crisp, the mousse like little pin pricks on the tongue rather than anything creamier, and the fruit as clean as a whistle, the crunchy green apple and lemon pith character streaking through to the finish. A decisive and confident wine - July 2009
DIANE CLAIRE, BRUT NATURE, 91/100
The colour is quite deep and the bubbles small and gentle. The nose has a flood of crisp, lemony fruit, but there's a big core of bruised apple and a touch of honey or toffee too in a quite complex picture. The palate is racy, steely and very «proper» Champagne, with a fairly uncompromising backbone of acidity and a crisp, fresh mousse that races across the tongue. There's more of that sour green apple bite, and a little hint of orange zest, before that decisive lemony acidity pushes through. A beautifully balanced, concentrated wine - July 2009.