90 points Vinous
Light yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-laced aromas of blood orange, dried pear and anise, with a suave floral quality gaining power with air. Chewy and precise on the palate, offering bitter pear skin, redcurrant and honeysuckle flavors plus a suggestion of buttery brioche. Finishes sappy and long, leaving notes of toasty lees and orange pith behind. (JR) (1/2015)
90 points Wine Spectator
Smoky, with rich hints of lightly charred toast and nut providing a subtle base for the flavors of plum, candied lemon zest and chalk. Firm, offering a creamy texture and smoky mineral details on the finish. (AN, Web-2014)
*Good Value* Bouzy. As soon as I poured this I could smell a most agreeable light biscuit note. Certainly not bone dry, nor especially tart but beautifully balanced. Absolutely nothing to object to. (11/2012)
Based in Bouzy, this small-estate producer specializes in Pinot Noir-based Champagne. Edmond Barnaut was one of the first to base his brand outside of Reims and Epernay. He set up shop in Bouzy in 1874. Cellars were dug 15 meters underground and five generations of Barnaut descendants have maintained the quality of the house. Production is currently at about 120,000 bottles. The Grande Reserve is 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, the original blend made by Edmond Barnaut.