Wednesday, December 17, 2008


The Grade: Amazing. The Mojo: Back to Terry Thiese, importer extraordinaire, this grower Champagne producer he represents here in the states turns out some amazing sparklers. The L. Aubry Ivoire et Ebene 2002 ($58.98 limited) is simply extraordinary. Made from 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, this stunning Champagne is light-to-medium bodied, with a frothy mousse of stone fruit and cream. Notes of pears, white peaches, roasted herbs and fresh tea are present in both aromas and flavors. You can almost smell and taste freshly picked peaches, biting into one and sensing the juices burst forth. There is a creamy element leading into the long-lasting finish. This bubbly would be an ideal choice for the holidays, showing how much of a genius Terry Thiese is for bringing this to the U.S. market, as well as making you look like a phenom to all your guests this holiday season.

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