A. Margaine Demi Sec Traditionelle NV
90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir | Alc: 12% – Rich and Creamy
Villers Marmery, Champagne, France
A. Margaine Demi Sec Traditionelle NV, hardly a fussilade-o-sucrose here, but rather a delicate sweetness. You should sneak in a bottle next time you go for dim-sum. I will! You feel flowers spring up on your palate. Lots of canteloupe, and paradoxically it seems even more refreshing than the dry N.V. I mean, the fizz is delicious. Foie terrines yes we all know, but I rather envision this for unagi, for pan-Asian preps involving mango and other exotic fruits, for salads with lots of fruit and salt, maybe cantelope and lardons — even slaw. The finish coats the palate with wisteria and grape-hyacinth.
This is the same cuvée as the Brut N.V. only with 32 g.l. RS, rather like a Nahe Spätlese; wisteria and plum-blossom; head-turningly pretty and fine-boned; in many ways this is a perfect fusion-cuisine wine, but hardly a mainstream Champagne experience. Can I persuade you to reach for this, just once, when you’re thinking German?
“This is an utterly sensual wine that flows with the essence of perfumed white peaches, flowers, mint, pears and spices. So many Demi-Secs are forgettable, but not this one. Margaine has crafted a wine of extraordinary personality and elegance.
I was blown away by Arnaud Margaine’s wines. These are Champagnes of extraordinary purity and sheer elegance. Margaine farms 6.5 hectares, 90% planted to Chardonnay, the rest Pinot Noir.” 90 Pts – The Wine Advocate
“Light gold. A pungent bouquet displays scents of honey, poached pear, peach nectar and blonde tobacco. Sappy and gently sweet citrus and pit fruit flavors are given lift by gentle acidity and pick up marzipan and floral qualities with air. The pit fruit and floral notes linger on a long, spicy, clinging finish. This would be a great Champagne to serve alongside strong-smelling or salty cheeses.” 90 Pts – Stephen Tanzer’s IWC
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