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Louis Barthélémy Brut Améthyste Champagne NV

There are so many interesting Champagnes available these days beyond the big houses, and this Champagne from Louis Barthélémy in Epernay is one of them.  Their non-vintage Améthyste cuvée is a red grape dominant blend of 50% pinot noir and 30% pinot meunier, with 20% chardonnay making up the balance.  It is very classically profiled, with aromatics that remind of toast, lemon and brioche.  The palate is appealingly and resolutely dry, with a creamy mousse and nervy acidity framing its flavours of lemon and stone.  This is a lovely balanced Champagne.

Rating: Good, Abv: 12%, Price: $62, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.bordeauxandbeyond.com/, Website: http://louis-barthelemy.com, Tasted: 2015

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