Bertrand-Delespierre Grower Champagne
As an RM ("Recoltant Manipulant" - the French term for Grower's Champagne), Bertrand-Delespierre makes Champagnes exclusively from its own vineyards.
2002 Bertrand Delespierre Millesime Premier Cru Brut...$59.99
"Light gold with a fine bead. Attractive peach and melon aromas are complicated by minerals, lemon zest and honey. Tangy pear and peach pit flavors are braced by nervy acidity and deepened by a gentle, smoky quality. Tightens up on the finish, which strongly repeats the lemon zest note. I like this wine's tangy cut and precision." -- Rated 90/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2004 Bertrand Delespierre Millesime Premier Cru Brut...$59.99
"The 2004 Brut Vintage impresses for its sheer energy, power and focus. Mint, flowers, pear and hazelnuts are just some of aromas and flavors that inform the vibrant finish. This is a classy effort from start to finish. The 2004 Brut is equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged June 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016." - Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
"A broad-shouldered Champagne, open-knit and accessible, with flavors of pastry, glazed apple and pear, honey, candied lemon zest and vanilla. Ends with a juicy, lightly smoky finish. Drink now through 2016. –AN" - Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator