This top wine from Pannier is beautifully crafted and balanced, a credit to the cooperative. It has intense flavors of grapefruit, livened with lemon zest and fresh, crisp acidity. But there is also a weight to it, and a layer of acidity that suggests good aging potential.
This certainly has maturity, giving it toasty flavors and a touch of oxidation. But it balances that with ripe yellow fruit, ripe acidity and a firm texture. It’s rich and complex, balancing ripe fruit and more a rounded finish. Don’t age it, though—enjoy it with food now.
A young vintage wine, this is very crisp and citrusy. It has a strongly tannic texture, and is bright with a sharp edge of acidity. There’s a forward steely, mineral character and a dryness that offers promise for several years’ aging.
Fragrant and deeply colored, I like the intensity of the flavors, which include dried herb, orange peel, citrus and pear. It’s an interesting, somewhat offbeat wine—a more complex, more rustic and evolved style.
A blend of the two Pinots used in Champagne—Noir and Meunier—this rich yet soft wine from a lesser vintage is rounded, smooth and ripe. It is well balanced, crisp, rich and full of attractive red-currant and orange zest fruitiness.
Opening with a toasty, sourdough-like leesy nose, the focus here moves to apple, pear and melon flavors on the palate. The texture is full, but also soft, and the bead is not as lively as some Champagnes.