Dosnon Recolte Brute Extra Brut - 750ml

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92pts Wine Spectator

Delicate aromas of spice and spring forest waft through ripe black currant, raspberry, lemon curd and mineral flavours in this firm and focussed Champagne. Tightly knot and balanced, with a vivacious finish.

Jancis Robinson

Salt and honey on the nose. Rich and toasty. By far the best balanced of all the Dosnon champagnes I have tasted today. Just dry enough but the flavour is still full and generous. Tastes pretty mature.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

In case you still like the oaky and buttery Chardonnay style, the white golden NV Extra Brut Récolte Brute might be particularly interesting, though it is based more on Côte de Bar Pinot Noir (70%) than Chardonnay (30%). My sample was disgorged in May 2014 with 4 grams of residual sugar per liter and since the assemblage was oak-fermented and aged it is clearly influenced by oak flavors on nose and palate. However, the fruit aromas are fully ripe and almost sweet, so the wine in fact does not need more residual sugar to keep its purity. Less oak influence, a finer carbonic acid or more melodiousness could have helped the wine to become more balanced and elegant. On the other hand, this is lamenting on a quite high level.

Winemaker Notes

The muscular yet refined Récolte Brute is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown on the Kimmeridgian soils of the Côte des Bar on the far southern border with Champagne. With a low dosage (4g/L) and at least 3 years of aging in bottle before disgorgement, it captures the power and structure of the wines of the region and shows why so many houses further north have eagerly sought fruit from the Aube to depend and enrich their blends.

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