Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 2002
Vintage from Champagne, France
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Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This champagne has a pronounced clear and bright golden yellow appearance. Delicate bubbles give way into a majestic sustained mousse. First aromas of white pear, peach, walnut and dried apricot fruit give way to secondary more intense aromas of pepper, ginger and red fruits. On the palate the blend is clean and direct with delicate bubbles that reveal a magnificent mineral quality to the blend. It has excellent structure and an incredibly long finish with unforgettable elegance.
This is perfect as an aperitif with seafood tapas, or to serve with a main course such as Spider crab tagliarini and baby tomatoes or seabass a la plancha.
"Refined and focused, this sleek version offers ripe flavors of poached apple, ground anise, almond financier, cassis and candied lemon zest, carried by the fine, silky finish to a lightly smoky finish."
"Bright gold. Smoky pear, nectarine and dried fig scents are lifted by lemon curd and white flowers. Toasty and broad on entry, then brighter and more tangy in the mid-palate, offering sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of buttery brioche. Closes with building smokiness, a touch of anise and very good persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"Soft and rounded with ripe apple and pear flavors, this wine expresses the richness of the vintage. Hints of toast and cookie are changing the fruit character, making this a wine that’s ready to drink while still fresh, yet starting to show good aging as well."
"Long on the toasty imperatives of lengthy time en tirage and a wine that is, at this point, wholly unconcerned with fruit, this deep and very complex sparkler counts a wonderfully creamy mousse among its considerable virtues. It is, however, a touch stiff in balance, and, if never stinting in richness, it wants for a little more refinement and finesse to win inclusion with those at the very head of the class."
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Nicolas Feuillatte created Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 1976 as an exclusive Reserve Champagne that today remains the guardian of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's quality and style. In 1986, Nicolas Feuillatte created a partnership with the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne, the largest association of growers in Champagne, situated in the heart of the vineyards, near the small...
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Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne...
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Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection.
Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne,
so they do not produce a wine every year and have no
What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...
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