’The citrus-colored NV Grande Réserve Brut—a blend of Chardonnay (45%), Pinot Noir (45%) and Pinot Meunier (10%)—shows an intense, ripe and aromatic yet vinous bouquet with white and delicate red fruit, floral, brioche and nutty expressions. Full-bodied, dry and very fresh, this is a firm, complex, finessed, fruity, round and stimulating cuvée with a good, tight and slightly salty finish. An excellent aperitif and wine for starters.
"The bouquet is outstanding (as always), with the influence of plenty of reserve wines in the blend very much in evidence in its mélange of apple, peach, brioche, a beautifully complex base of soil tones, a gentle vein of nuttiness and a nicely smoky top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and absolutely rock solid at the core, with very refined mousse, excellent focus and balance, crisp acids, but just a touch short on the classy finish.