Wine Advocate 88 points - The NV Brut is an attractive, entry-level wine laced with ripe pears, hazelnuts, spices and dried flowers. An understated, floral finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This mid-weight, accessible, beautifully balanced Champagne is best suited for drinking over the next two to three years. I especially like the way NV Brut opens up with time in the glass. This is Lot 1097B. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. ”
Wine Spectator 93 points - A big, full-bodied bubbly, featuring graphite, toast, lemon and nut aromas and flavors. Balanced, with an assertive finish. Will improve with a few months of cellaring. Drink now through 2009. 35,000 cases made. –BS
Ranked #41 in Wine Spectator's 2006 Top 100 list.
Duval-Leroy: small/medium-size producer, extraordinary quality (and value) from the non vintage to the tete de cuvee (premium) level. The basic rule in buying any wine - and especially Champagne - is to avoid the big brands because with them you're paying top dollar for the marketing, not for what's in the bottle.
|Serving temperature between 8° C and 10° C. Ideal as an aperitif wine, it also provides a subtle accompaniment to white meats.
|E. Pira & Figli is a very important name in the history of Barolo. The Pira family,
whose members have been vignerons for generations, started producing and
bottling wine at the end of the 19th century. When the Pira lineage ended tragically
with the death of Luigi Pira, the estate was sold to the Boschis family of Giacomo
Borgogno & Figli. Chiara Boschis took over the reins in 1990 with a clear vision of
what she wanted to accomplish - to marry the extraordinary power of Barolo with
approachability, enticing elegance, and lush, intense aromas. She vinifies
exclusively from proprietary vineyards, located in the very best crus of Barolo: Cannubi, San Lorenzo and Via
Nuova, comprising a total of 6 acres. Annual production is a miniscule 2,000 cases. This is truly a rare gem of an