1992 Methode Champenoise Extra Brut
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Better than Bollinger?!
Today’s En Tirage 1992 Methode Champenoise Extra Brut is in incredibly rare and incredibly delicious wine of the kind we don’t often see - in fact, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Today’s wine was recently disgorged, which means that the wine rested on its lees (the yeast cells, grape seeds, pulp, stems, skins, and tartrates that separate from the juice during aging) for 22 years before the wine was disgorged (lees removed and then topped and sealed). Along the way, the wine has gathered complexity, richness and depth. This incredible richness is paired with a light and refreshing mouthfeel, resulting in a truly elevated and elegant drinking experience.
Please enjoy this short video from Master of Wine Michael Broadbent (who is considered by some to be the world’s preeminent wine authority) reviewing today’s wine. In the video, he compares today’s wine to a Bollinger R.D., which is one of the finest Champagnes produced in France. Cheers!
Please note that today’s recently disgorged wine is best enjoyed soon, but if you lay your bottles down in a cool, dark place, it’ll be wonderful for the next few years. In fact, open up a bottle each year, just to see how the wine is progressing.
Beautiful sunny gold, with faint tiny bubbles trailing up the center of the glass.
Incredibly delicious and complex aromas leap from the glass, with a kiss of green apple and white peach framed by fantastic terroir notes of honeycomb, river rock minerality, buttery brioche, vanilla bean, a hint of truffle oil, and mushroomy earth.
Cellaring has worked wonders on this wine, allowing the delicious concentrated flavors to blend seamlessly together into one well integrated package. Baked green apple, hazelnut, caramel, sweet vanilla bean and buttery brioche highlight the deep, yet light and refreshing, flavor profile.
With a truly fantastic blend of concentrated flavors paired with a light and refreshing mouthfeel, the finish is highlighted by an out-of-this-world creaminess that will have you reaching for more.
Poached eggs, served with Parmesan and smoked salmon toast.
What the Winery Says
- Don Baumhefner
- 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Meunier
- Production Method
- French Methode Champenoise