One of our top sellers back in the day, we were able to source some ex-Domaine bottles of the 2002 Cuvee Nobel brut that was disgorged last year after 17 years on the lees. A blend of 70% Chardonnay sourced from Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, and Oger With 30% Pinot Noir from Verzenay. This is a rich Champagne but maintains the acidity to keep it in balance with spices on the nose and touch of brioche, floral notes, and stone fruit. The palate is decadent but focused and has a vibrant energy to it even at this stage, and it seems to be that this Champagne has a considerable life span. The 2002s from Lanson are some of the best Champagnes they have ever made. To find an ex-domaine bottle of Champagne aging on the lees for 17 years for under the hundred dollar mark is very rare, and this new disgorgement should be fresher than some of the other releases. It is an excellent choice for those looking for Champagne from one of the most outstanding vintages of all time without paying hundreds.
Wine Enthusiast (Roger Voss) 95 points! "The great 2002 vintage has produced some remarkable wines and this falls into that category. Still so fresh, with swathes of mineral texture and tight acidity, it is still developing. Hints of toast point to a future where the wine will be rounder and with even more complexity. For now, the crisp apple, pear and softer yellow fruits dominate."
Stephan Reinhardt 93 points! "The 2002 Noble Cuvée Millésime Brut is a deep and complex blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Full-bodied and vinous, this is is a highly elegant and balanced mix of mineral freshness and pure fruit; it has tension and finesse."