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Champagne Eric Rodez Brut Cuvee des Crayeres Grand Cru

  • WW94
  • RP90
750ML / 12% ABV
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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: The Champagne Eric Rodez Cuvée des Crayères Grand Cru is decadent and lasts on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of cream, leather, and earth. Enjoy it with lobster in a full-flavored sauce. (Tasted: November 8, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The latest rendition of Rodez's NV Ambonnay Cuvée des Crayeres wafts from the glass with an attractive bouquet of red apples, mint, anise and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and ample, with brisk acids and a youthfully frothy mousse. Open-knit but nicely defined, it's a charming, expressive wine.
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Champagne Eric Rodez

Champagne Eric Rodez

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Champagne Eric Rodez, France
Eric Rodez's standout cuvées employ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, tank and barrel fermentation, some with malolactic, and an arsenal of reserve wines to create full-bodied, complex, and decadent Champagnes. As a former enologist at Champagne Krug, he adheres to their strategy that great Champagne comes from well executed blending across a wide variety of sources and vintages to yield wines of profound depth. Eric's Champagnes are dense yet airy, delicate yet powerful, and always finely layered with long, lacy, mineral finishes that deliver Ambonnay terroir big time. With just six hectares of vines worked organically and biodynamically, his wines continue to exhibit striking personalities.
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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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