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Non Vintage - Jean Velut Brut Traditon

Item No. 76811

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92 Pts John Gilman - View from the Cellar

Retail Price $42.99

$34.97 per btl

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From the Critics:

  • "The flint-laced, chalky terroirs of Montgeuex are very much in evidence in Denis Velut’s non-vintage bottling as well. The new release of Brut Tradition from Monsieur Velut is comprised of a blend of eighty-five percent chardonnay and fifteen percent pinot noir and it is outstanding, offering up a superb nose of pear, white peach, brioche, lemon zest, gently musky floral tones and a complex base of flinty soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully complex, with a fine core, small, but not overly fine mousse, crisp acids and outstanding length and grip on the very classy finish. Last year, I downgraded this bottling a touch because its bubbles were a touch more coarse than the very top non-vintage Bruts that I tasted, but I think that was a mistake, as this wine has such a lovely level of complexity and depth that I have no trouble living with slightly more aggressive mousse found here. Fine juice. 2013-2025+." (09/13) - 92 Pts John Gilman - View from the Cellar
  • "Jean Velut is only the second grower whose wines I've tasted from Montgueux - a tiny, Chardonnay-dominated bastion just outside the city of Troyes, roughly halfway between the Sézanne and the Côte des Bars - even though I championed this terroir more than a decade ago as an importer, with the ascendance of Emmanuel Lassaigne (under my account of whose wines in this report, you can read further details about Montgueux). It delights me to announce after this first encounter that Lassaigne now has serious competition from at least one neighbor, meaning that, like his, Velut's wines will stretch your imagination concerning what can come of that ubiquitous grape Chardonnay as well from Champagne. Velut bottles several cuvées - as well as a red wine - that I did not experience on this occasion and shall look forward to tasting as part of a visit next year. Velut's NV Brut Tradition L1041 - incorporating 20% Pinot - delivers a fascinating evocation of ripe, juicy green zebra tomatoes tinged with fresh lime and cilantro - a metaphorically cooling and laid-back vinous impression if ever there was one, not to mention a consummately refreshing one. The palate feels positively creamy, yet the wine's citric brightness is almost electrifying. The finish reveals equally fascinating, unusual, and delicious characteristics: crunchy, nutty water chestnut, raw almond, piquant lime peel, and the bite and musky aftertaste of rose radish. I was tempted to dock this wine a point to reflect how disconcertingly unfamiliar it's liable to seem to many tasters; but hopefully my description has helped warn or encourage readers according to their proclivities! Based on analogy with the wines of Velut's neighbor Lassaigne, I would not be surprised if this excellent value in Champagne (I noted some terrific discount prices from on-line merchants) proved delightful - and changed in equally fascinating and delicious ways - over the next 3-4 years." (12/13) - 91 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • "Light yellow. Ripe orchard fruits and toasted nuts on the fragrant nose. Fleshy but precise, offering lively pear and Meyer lemon flavors and a hint of marzipan. Finishes smooth and long, with musky herb and honey notes." (12/12) - 90 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar

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  • Closure Type

    Cork
  • Collectable

    No
  • Kosher

    No
  • Sparkling

    Yes
  • Dessert

    No
  • Taste

    apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry, and mushroom
  • Nose

    apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, barnyard, cherry, plum, game, and tomato

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