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Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1997

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • WS91
  • WE91
  • CG91
0% ABV
  • WS91
  • W&S90
  • WS90
  • RP90
  • WE90
  • WS95
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  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

The Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvée is a work of love for Feuillatte winemakers, as they have selected the best from the vintage. Only truly exceptional years qualify to produce it. A blend of 50% Chardonnay for elegance and finesse and 50% Pinot Noir for body and power. A pale yellow hue with fine delicate bubbles, its complex aromas are dominated by notes of pastry and caramel lifted by subtle touches of fennel, star anise and lemon peel. This smooth and balanced Champagne is beautifully packaged in a matte gold container and black velvet wrap.

"Mixed aromas of toasted grains, caramel and beer. Sweet and doughy with vanilla, malt and tart citrus. Lengthy finish with a mix of brioche, citrus and baked apple."
-Wine News

Critical Acclaim

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
A blast of fresh cherry and violet aromas, this is like a Pinot Noir with bubbles. Clove and cinnamon are added to the mix, all presented in a full-bodied, open-textured manner. Fun to drink. Drink now through 2008. 450 cases imported.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
The prestige cuvee from Nicolas Feuillatte is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, reveling in its richness, and toast character, ripe flavors with almonds and pears together with soft acidity. This is generous, soft and ready to drink.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Reaching its best at this point, the Palmes D'Or Brut has acquired an aged patina of baked cookies and toasted brioche which give it great richness but also underscore the slight narrowness of its vestigial fruit. Its bubbles are pinpointy small and have the volume of a younger wine, but the wine's flavor profile reflects the developing maturity of the nose. Yeasty complexities further enhance the wine, and it should hold well for several years yet.
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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Champagne, France
1997 Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee
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 Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the outskirts of Epernay.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes are the exclusive issue of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards and all cuvees are distinguished by the rich full expression of Champagne's unique terroirs.

Champagne

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France 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 chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and 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 one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

RWC303863_1997 Item# 87587

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