Andre Clouet 1911 Grand Cru Reserve Champagne
Andre Clouet isn't a household name among the Champagne houses, but they've been around since 1741 and their wines readily outperform more famous Champagnes that sell for twice the price. 'Un Jour de 1911' gets its name from when the family found 80-year-old Champagne bottles hidden away, inspiring them to create an opulent style to honor the Belle Epoque (France's Golden Age). This is a rich, toasty style for those of us who love autolytic bubbly, sourced from grapes harvested in the 1990s for incredible complexity. Powerful, racy citrus meets flavors of toast, brioche, lemon zest, and golden apple on the palate. Bright acidity and a fine mousse lead into a breathtakingly long finish. It is easily one of the best Champagnes we've ever tasted.