Andre Clouet Grand Reserva Brut Champagne

This was the third Sparkling wine from the Colourful Wines Summer Sparklers wine tasting at Tomevinos, after we first tried a Cava that I had tasted before. Please click here for the the Cava tasting notes: Art De La Luna Cava Brut Rosado.

I really wanted the Cava to be my favourite of the sparkling wines tried, because after all I live in Spain and generally do prefer Cava to Champagne. I did like this Cava but have to admit that the Champagne won hands down for flavour. The reason I tend to prefer Cava is because most Champagnes served at big events are the cheaper end of the range and not the best. A good Champagne, as far as I’m concerned, should have a nutty or toasty flavour to it.

Thankfully Jimena at knows her stuff and chose a Champagne that delivered on the flavours I like. Now I just need an excuse to celebrate so I can buy the stuff.

The Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Brut Champagne, from the town of Bouzy, has spent 48 months on its lees in autolysis. don’t It is made from 100% Pinot noir which is a red wine grape, so the wine has no contact with the grape skins to keep it white. White wine made from red wine grapes is known as Blond Noir.

This bottle made a serious popping sound on opening. It definitely has more bubbles than the others. Light lemon yellow in appearance with a medium intensity scent of cream and butter, with just a hint of fruit.

A lovely smooth drink. Dry with excellent fizz, medium body and a good finish. It didn’t come across as a strong flavour more a dry refreshing wine. The flavour hit me more as texture (not sure why) citrus and cream, with white fruit appearing as you drank more of it. It’s a well blended balanced wine.

I really enjoyed this Champagne.

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Name: Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne
Colour: White
Year: 2016
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Winery: Andre Clouet
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Quality Classification: Appellation d’Origine Protégée, Gran Cru
Alcohol: 12%
Price: 28,90€

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