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NV Charles Ellner Brut Cuvee de Reserve
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - December 2013

(60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir; LC1063205XEL236):  Pale yellow.  Nectarine, orange and white flowers on the bright, mineral-tinged nose.  Light-bodied and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of melon.  Shows a silky quality on the finish, which repeats the orange note and lingers with good persistence.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The Top NV Brut I have tasted this year in it's category
12/03/2007
by Thomas McGarry
When many other well known and Nationally named Champagne house are treadding on their names and forgetting about quality, this is a beacon of light through the fog of advertising. Crisp, clean, precise and classy, with fruit coming from primarily Grand Cru vineyards. Take this to your next gathering and you will definitely be invited back.
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01/26/2007
by foopsi
Wanted to try some 'grower' Champagne and this was one recommended in the genre. Quite different from the big-house NV Champagnes we've had over the years, the bottle we opened over the holidays for a brunch party was very fresh, lively and crisp, with a pronounced citrusy aroma and flavor profile. A fine, though not especially persistent mousse. If you prefer the yeasty styles, this may not be for you, but it went well with the light fare we had, and it's an interesting change of pace. We'll enjoy trying other Ellner bottlings...

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