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Champagne Marion-Bosser from Three French Vines

12 April,2017
Champagne Marion-Bosser is the label of mother and daughter Bernadette and Melodie Marion who established their venture in 1994 and have their estate at Hautvilliers, near Epernay, the village best known for inhabitant Dom Perignon. The Marions own 4 ha of premier cru sited vines, planted to 1.7 ha of Pinot Noir, 1.8 ha of Pinot Meunier and 0.5 ha of Chardonnay. Their cellarmaster is Yannick Collet, and they produce a Premier Cru ‘Tradition’, Prenier Cru Rosé, Premier Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, these three Non Vintage blends, and a Premier Cru Millesime Vintage. www.champagnemarionbosser.fr

Champagne Marion-Bosser is imported and distributed in New Zealand by ‘Three French Vines’ a specialist Champagne specialist company operated by Andrew and Marie Lindsay who look after a number of small producers. (Click here to see my reviews of some of the wines they import.) Here, I review the Marion-Bosser Premier Cru ‘Tradition’ NV and Premier Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV wines. www.threefrenchvines.com

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Marion-Bosser ‘Tradition’ Champagne Premier Cru Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne

18/20
Bright, full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth. The bubbles are fine with persistent bead. This has a full bouquet with soft volume, showing yellow stonefuits indicative of Pinot Noir, with a layering of a complex amalgam of bready yeasty autolysis along with nutty notes and integrated aldehyde elements. This has good depth and displays a little savoury bottle development. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, up-front flavours of yellow-stonefruits along with ripe, savoury apple nuances entwined with restrained autolytic bready and yeasty elements, unfolding nuances of nuts. The mouthfeel is vigorous with positive effervescence and brisk acidity lending freshness and energy, and the palate possesses a fine, grainy phenolic line that carries the wine to a lingering finish of stonefuits, nuts and bread. This is an up-front, vigorous and fruity Champagne with yellow stonefruits, nutty and bready flavours and a lively, grainy palate. It is beginning to show a little bottle development complexity. Serve as an aperitif and match with white meat dishes over the next 2 years. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir fermented to 12.5% alc., with 10 g/L dosage, the wine aged 3 years on lees. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $55.00

Marion-Bosser Champagne Premier Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne

18.5/20
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with slight lemon hues, paler edged. The bubble is fine and persistent. The nose is rich with well-proportioned and deep aromas of white stonefruits expressed with clarity and finesse. The fruit is melded with a soft, positive layering of bready and yeasty autolysis. The nose unfolds white floral and mineral elements with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and softly concentrated with flavours of white stonefruits and white florals, entwined with subtle bready and yeasty autolytic detail. The mouthfeel is fine-featured with balanced, refreshing acidity and refined phenolic textures providing a smooth flow. The mousse is creamy, adding to the finesse, and the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finih of white stonefruits, bready notes and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated, fine, creamy textured Blanc de Blancs Champagne with white stonefruit and floral flavours and subtle bready autolysis. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and seafood over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay fermented to 12.5% alc., with 5 g/L dosage, the wine aged 3 years on lees. 18.5/20 Apr 2017 RRP $60.00
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