Chateau de BLIGNY “Clos de Bligny” 6 Cepages, Champagne, NV ($94.99)
An estate-bottled, single-clos blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Arbane, Pinot Meunier, Petit Meslier, and Pinot Blanc (six of the seven varieties legal in Champagne) from the Bligny estate’s clos (walled vineyard) in Champagne’s Cote des Bar aged 3 years on the yeasts and dosed at a very dry 5 grams per liter. Pale-gold-straw in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and very light phenolics. Richer riper more complex and developed style of Champagne with more earthy vinous character. Fine mix of citrus and tree fruit with mineral and toast. complex, textured, and dimensional. Excels both as wine and as sparkling wine. Stunningly good if unknown effort from a newish estate. BearScore: 95. Seriously good, check it out.