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Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Collection d'Auteur Extra Brut Grand Cru 2012 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Collection d'Auteur Extra Brut Grand Cru 2012 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Collection d'Auteur Extra Brut Grand Cru 2012

Rare 94 Point Vintage Bottling of Reserve Les Mesnil Parcels!

$129
$140

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Flavor Profile: Korean pears, star jasmine, mandarin
Time on Lees: 7 years
Dosage: 3 g/L
Score: 94

Why We Love It...

2012 was an exceptional year in Champagne, with complex, harmonious wines built to last. Andre Robert has access to some of the best chardonnay in all of Champagne with their family plots throughout Les Mesnil. This “Author’s Collection” reserve Grand Cru Champagne is a worthy splurge for singularly epic bubbles.

If you were some of the lucky few to get their “Terre du Mesnil” 2013 bottling we offered a few months back, you can likely guess just how outstanding this wine is. Now in the hands of Bertrand Robert, the 4th generation, Andre Robert is a Champagne house to watch. Long-time farmers of revered Les Mesnil plots first made their own wines somewhat recently, starting their Champagne house in 1962. They’ve never made much, but in the past decade, the quality and reputation have simply skyrocketed. 

Just south of Epernay, in the limestone hills of the Côte des Blancs, lies the sloping mosaic of plots that make up the Robert family's very best parcels – including the revered Les Chétillons, alongside neighboring Les Vaucherots, Les Coullemets du Midi, and Les Finciarts. This 2012 vintage wine blends all four of these parcels, aged and fermented separately in small barrels, with selections of only the finest lots making the cut. The wine is aged on the lees for over seven years in bottle, before a dosage of three grams per liter – added in September 2020 – finishes things off. 94 points from William Kelley (during his stint at the Wine Advocate) is a remarkable score for Champagne – especially for such a small producer and such a rare cuvée as this.

The wine is richly layered and complex, with aromas of Korean pears, mandarin blossoms, star jasmine, and toasted brioche. The mouthfeel is luscious and penetrating, with bright, flinty minerality shouldering notes of lemongrass, honeyed orchard fruits, and dried floral notes. The flavors linger on the palate for up to a minute, finishing with a slight salinity and pleasing citric acidity. This is a pristine and focused Champagne that competes with more well-known offerings from houses many times the size, and at double or triple the price. Grab a couple, and you will not regret it!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Bertrand Robert
Oak: 9 months in older french barrique
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Miso-roasted black cod

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Collection d'Auteur Extra Brut Grand Cru 2012

$129
$140

Retail

8

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