Champagne Dosnon Champagne Recolte Noire
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Récolte Noire is a Blanc de Noirs made entirely from Pinot Noir with a minimum of two years aging in the bottle and with a dosage around 5g/L. While most growers would put a Blanc de Noirs at the end of a tasting of their Champagnes Davy puts it near the start as Pinot on Kimmeridgian soils is delicate, filigreed and mineral. The Récolte Noire certainly has all those characteristics along with a toastiness and elegance of fruit that resembles fresh raspberry or strawberry. Davy states that the refined fruitiness in his wines is from fermenting the base wine in used Puligny-Montrachet barrels which makes sense as he learned his trade in Burgundy.
Dosed with five grams per liter in November 2017, Dosnon's NV Recolte Noire (Black Label) is a pure, oak-fermented Pinot Noir from the Côte des Bar. White-golden in color, this is a fine, fresh and delicately fruity Champagne with just a hint of oak. Intense, fresh and lush on the palate, this is a straight, perfectly round and well-structured Blanc de Noirs with good grip and vitality on the finish. Excellent! Tasted July 2018.
Score: 92, Stephan Reinhardt, August 31, 2018
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