1999 Fleur de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Only a couple of countries (the U.S. being one) are lucky
enough to get this new offering from the folks of the Maison
Belle Epoque. It is a rare treat, and as a result, quite pricey. In vintage years, you will get 100 percent Chardonnay
from the Côte des Blancs—specifically from the
village of Cramant. Among the best, there is no doubt that
you will experience a sublime wine when you pop this one open.
As recently tasted, the wine is crisp and fresh with a light
gold color. You might sniff flowering lilacs, ruby grapefruits
and other citrus-based scents. Behind an even mousse, you will
discover flavors of honey, vanilla and apples. Thanks to a
great balance, the layering and complexity deliver an
outstanding wine in a few years (yes, it’s okay to age
Champagne). Osetra caviar and lobster anyone? These are the
things reserved for elegant and rare occasions.
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