Brimoncourt, Régence Brut NV Champagne
80% of the blend is Chardonnay from the south of Côte des Blancs, which is supposed to yield more floral wines cf the ‘mineral’ style of Chardonnay from the north, as is to be found in Brimoncourt’s Blanc de Blancs. This is the signature blend of this ambitous, well-backed house. Tiny bead. Very light nose. Flirtatious texture and not a tace of astringency nor excess acidity. Brisk and appetizing. Easy to like with real lift.
Brimoncourt, Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne
Champagne house based in Aÿ with notably smart packaging. Very tight, steady tiny bead. Light but taut nose. The back label promises this is peu dosé (lightly dosed with sugar) but actually it tastes pretty ripe and full to me before tightening up like a lemon mousse on the finish. Ambitious.
Brimoncourt, Rosé Brut NV Champagne
35% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 25% of Pinot Meunier. Surprisingly deep orangey-pink - like the skins of Victoria plums. Intense red fruits on the nose, remarkably fruit for a rosé champagne, red fruits and a touch of candied orange peel and still fragrantly fresh, even slightly dusty/mineral. Deep and almost chewy with so much fruit but not without very good freshness and quite a tight, noticeable structure. Serious food wine, I think. Powerful, serious, long.
Brimoncourt, Extra Brut Grand Cru NV Champagne
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay from Aÿ, Bouzy Ambonnay, Cramant, Mesnil and Oger. Dosage is just 2 g/l. Very nervy, bright nose with good balance
considering the low dosage. Not austere at all, though it’s a tad chewy. Pretty flirtatious and I must assume some age compensates for the low
dosage - though it tastes extremely fresh. Maybe just
particularly ripe grapes? Very appetizing.