94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The Clos de l’Abbaye is an actual walled-in vineyard in Vertus, just behind the Doyards’ winery. The chardonnay vines here are all at least sixty years of age and are farmed biodynamically. The vins clairs are barrel-fermented and aged in cask, do not go through malolactic fermentation and aged for four-plus years sur latte prior to disgorgement and finished with a dosage of two grams per liter. The 2014 Clos de l’Abbaye offers up a superb bouquet of pear, fresh almond, limestone minerality, incipient notes of pastry cream, just a whisper of buttery oak and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a fine core, great mineral drive and grip, zesty acids, very refined mousse and a long, extremely refined finish that closes still with a bit of buttery oak influence. The touch of oak influence will eventually be subsumed in the other elements of the wine with further bottle age, but it is hardly obtrusive, for the intrepid who might like to enjoy a bottle of this excellent Blanc de Blancs on the early side! 2020-2050. (Sep/Oct 2020)"
93 points Wine Spectator: "[$120 list] A fragrant Champagne, bursting with lime blossom, garam masala and Meyer lemon peel aromas, which accent flavors of grilled nut, baked pear and espresso crema. The rich range of flavor is packaged in a lithe and mouthwatering frame, and the finely detailed bead carries a hint of oyster shell on the spiced finish. Drink now through 2034. (12/15/20)"
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|