Achille Princier Champagne Grande Reserve NV
Product Code: 10109
"BEST VALUE" following a trade tasting with a line up of over 170 champagnes and sparkling wines. Drinks Trade Magazine Nov/Dec 17 issue.
4.5 STARS - Winestate Magazine Oct/Nov 2019 issue.
1 STAR in the French "wine bible" Guide Hachette 2017 (to be selected is a major achievement)
A superb champagne at a great price from Achille Princier.
Guide Hachette review "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".
Australian 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 Mansard is 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.
An excellent Champagne at this price!
Single bottles, multiple bottles or complete boxes (6 bottles) may be ordered.
A nice review from the winewankers!
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