93pts Wine Spectator
Baked raspberry and melon notes are ripe and fragrant on the nose and palate, joining accents of toast, spun honey and ground coffee in this balanced Champagne. Tightly meshed, with mouthwatering acidity, this lingers on the spiced finish. (AN)
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Special Club Grand Cru Brut is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from Aÿ. The wine has a deep, fine and mineral bouquet of ripe and concentrated fruits (pineapples and citrus) intermixed with chalky notes. Pure, fresh and intense on the palate, this is a full-bodied, fresh and elegant Champagne with remarkable finesse, mineral grip and power. The finish is long and complex, but the wine is still young.
Goutorbe's 2006 Brut Special Club Millesime is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Resonant and ample on the palate, the 2006 speaks with a voice of conviction. Graphite, smoke and slate undertones add mineral inflections to the rich, textured fruit. Disgorged: November 2017.
This is entirely the exceptional 2006 vintage and built from 100% Grand Cru fruit from the village of Ay. Emile Goutorbe was a vineyard manager at the illustrious Perrier Jouet, and this informs the house style. This is a killer bottle drinking perfectly right now --- it’s packed with classy citrus and baked pie aromas, with terrific texture and spice and length. Beautiful bubbly to have around for the holidays.