CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 6 PACK Achille Princier Champagne Grande Tradition/Reserve NV
Product Code: 10109/6
A great value Champagne from a small producer. 2 stars in French "wine bible" Guide Hachette 2014, it doesn't get any better at this price. Oz wine writer Sean Mitchell also reviewed it and said he would be buying some for himself! Here it is in a six pack for $50 per bottle instead of the usual $56.
It won 2 stars in the Guide Hachette in 2014 (one of the main French wine guides). Excuse our french translation of the Guide's notes: "Its golden colour invites you to smell citrus fruits and white stone fruit which one finds in the mouth. Nice to taste, generous, suave and balanced. This bottle will hold its own well enough as an aperitif or with a meal".
Australain wine writer Sean Mitchell wrote: "This Champagne from Achille Princier has fine bubbles, with a long persistence in the glass. Its aromatics are attractively yeasty, with notes of biscuit and vegemite, although I am sure the latter will appear in few offshore tasting notes. There's a creamy mousse on the palate, with medium length, and flavours of lemon and biscuit. Overall, this is a very impressive Champagne and one that I'll be buying. "
Ken Gargett in the Drinks Weekly oz trade magazine said "There is good concentratiion here, with mineral and beeswax notes. A mid-length style with mostly upfront flavours and a clean finish. 90 points."
Winemaker Maxime Mansardis the fifth generation of winemakers.
Terroir: This wine is produced from 66 different parcels of vines in 10 communes extending across 24 hectares in the Marne Valley near Epernay. This dividing up of the vineyards is a major plus as it allows an "assemblage" of wines. This enables the producer to achieve a balance between freshness and complexity by blending different parcels, and ensuring a consistent but unique style for Champagne Achille Princier.
Grapes: This champagne is a mixture of 3 varieties: Pinot Noir 30% , Pinot Meunier 35% and Chardonnay 35%.
The average age of the vines is more than 30 years old (the youngest are 7 years old and the oldest 84!) ;
Pinot Meunier brings an intense bouquet, a freshness on the pallet, often described as giving a "fruitiness" and a "roundness" to the wine. Pinot Noir gives aromas of red fruits and a more marked/stronger structure. Finally Chradonnay adds a freshness on the pallet, and a finesse and elegance.
Wine making: Made by traditional mé;thode champenoise. From vineyard management to picking to pressing to bottling, the grapes and resulting wines are looked after meticulously. ;Only the first pressings of the grapes are used to ensure finesse for the Champagne and the wines that are kept for future blending. Dosage 8 g/L. Malo-lactic fermenattion in stainless steel. The bottles are rested and racked in underground caves at a constant temperature.
Our tasting notes: A deep yellow/gold colour, clear and bright. In the mouth its fresh, soft and harmonious, and endowed with good length on the palette. It evolves in the mouth, its balanced, profound and subtie. Excellent.
This champagne achieved a high score in the 2014 Guide Hachette of 2 stars. " Its golden colour invites you to smell citrus fruits and white stone fruit which one finds in the mouth. Nice to taste, generous, suave and balanced. This bottle will hold its own well enough as an aperitif or with a meal"
An excellent Champagne at this price!
And it has this nice review from the winewankers:
Today is a great day for #bubbly! This is a quality little grower #champagne. Lots of subtle characters all well balanced with lasting #bubbles. Thanks to the #Aussie importers @discovervinwines for introducing us to this one! #merrychristmas #wine #winelover #wineoclock #whitewine #winewankers #conrad
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