Christian Etienne Brut
Staff Pick

Christian Etienne Brut - 2012

Item # 48862 750mL

A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 25 year-old vines in clay and limestone soils in Meurville. Fermentation and élévage take place in used barrel, where the wines rests for one year. Pair this red-fruited, creamy, toasty Champagne with fried fingerling potatoes with tarragon aioli.

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Staff Pick Notes

I almost didn't want to write a staff pick on this wine. I wanted it to remain my hidden treasure so that I would be the only one buying it. Unfortunately, this wine is too good to hoard just to myself. Delicious vintage Champagne under $100 with 10 years of age on it does indeed seem too good to be true; however, this wine delivers with every drop. This brings everything you want from Champagne, toasty brioche, aggressive aromatics, and yet a really soft finish. A word from the winegrower: “A wine that wanders between heaven and earth, like a tightrope walker crossing our Landion valley on a golden rope” Pair with a Popeyes fried chicken sandwich.

- AA


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