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P. Louis Martin Grand Cru Bouzy Champagne Brut NV

17 November,2017

As a Master of Wine, Steve Bennett has the global connections to source all manner of wines. Steve has brought in many of the top wines of the world into New Zealand, but his practical side sees him importing some exceptionally good value wines for a market that wants to experiment with wines other than the local fare, but within price constraints. This Steve has done very successfully. His latest offering is a grower Champagne, all the rage at present, the Paul Louis Martin from Bouzy, just in time for Christmas. P. Louis Martin has a history back to 1864, and has 10 ha of vines in Bouzy in the Montagnes de Reims. The estate is run by descendants Francine and her son Vincent. I review the wine here. For availability, Tel: 09 378-9463

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P. Louis Martin Champagne Bouzy Grand Cru Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne

18.5-/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale edged and with moderately persistent and fine bead. The bouquet is full and well-concentrated with a harmonious amalgam of yellow stonefruits and bready-yeasty, brioche-like autolysis. The aromatics are expressed with clarity, presence and with subtle complexing interest. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has clear and positive fresh apple and stonefruit flavours intermingling with fine bready-yeasty autolysis in the background, The flavours form a good heart, the dosage adding a perceptible richness, and the mouthfeel is refreshing and balanced, with a creamy mousse and bright acidity. The wine flows along a fine-textured line leading to a sustained finish of stonefruits and yeasty autolysis. This is a well-concentrated and harmoniously balanced , refreshing Champagne showing good Pinot Noir presence and clarity with fine autolytic interest. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés. It will also match a variety of fish and white meat dishes A blend of 50% each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, fermented to 12.0% alc. 18.5-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $79.99

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