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Doussot Brut Cuvee
Ernestine 2009
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A Fantastic 2009 Vintage Champagne from Veuve Doussot! This is an elegant, creamy cuvee with notes of orange oil, apple skin, marzipan, toasted biscuit, raspberry, rosewater and smoke. There's a lot of nuance. And in the finish, you get a crisp, dry sensation that makes it perfect for pairing with a plate of fresh fruit and rich, buttery cheeses. It's A Beauty!
92 Points - International Wine Report!
"...a fabulous nose of marzipan, honey, citrus, toasted almond, cannoli cream and orange peel. It's very balanced with winderful acidity and tension, ending with a delicious dry finish."
90 Points - WTSO Members!

Original: $110.00
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  92 - International Wine Report!
91 - Stephen Tanzer!
UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Champagne Blend
GRAPE: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
REGION: Champagne
Veuve Doussot Cuvée Ernestine Champagne 2009
By International Wine Report
VEUVE DOUSSOT Champagne Cuvée 'Ernestine' Millesime 2009
Points: 92
Report Date: October 2013 
Drinking Window: 2014-2018
Estimated Value: $110
Vintage: 2009
Producer: Veuve Doussot
Country: France 
Region: Champagne 
Appellation: Champagne 
Importer: Serge Dorè Selection
The 2009 Cuvée Ernestine has a fabulous nose of marzipan, honey, citrus, toasted almond, cannoli cream and orange peel. It's very balanced with wonderful acidity and tension, ending with a delicious dry finish. (Best 2014-2020) - October, 2013 (MD)
By Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2009 Veuve Doussot Cuvee Ernestine Brut
Winery: Veuve Doussot
Style: Sparkling
Varietal: Champagne Blend
Region: Champagne
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 13
(A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay; L05 13): Bright yellow. Pungent aromas of blood orange, floral oils and toasty lees, with a smoky nuance in the background. Juicy, penetrating redcurrant and bitter orange pith flavors show very good depth and pick up a spicy note with air. Fleshy but focused Champagne with strong closing cut and lingering toastiness. 91 Points
By Wine Enthusiast
Veuve Doussot 2009 Cuvée Ernestine Brut Sparkling (Champagne)
Points: 89
Designation: Cuvée Ernestine Brut
Varietal: Champagne Blend, Sparkling
Appellation: Champagne, France
Winery: Veuve Doussot
Alcohol: 12.50%
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Sparkling
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
In Magazine: 12/1/2013
By Roger Voss
This is a rich, full-bodied Champagne showing hints of bottle age but mostly crisp, fresh apple and apricot flavors. It’s a ripe, fruity wine, from the southern vineyards in the Aube, but with a apple-skin astringency and brisk texture. Drink now-2019. (12/1/2013) -89
By Burghound
Veuve Doussot 2009 Brut - Cuvée Ernestine Villages
Note: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, average vine age 25 years, SRP $105, 10 g/l
Producer Note: The Veuve Doussot brand was created in the early 1970s by Georges Joly and his sons, and is now run by Georges' grandson Stéphane Joly. The vineyard and cellar are located in the heart of the Côte des Bar. (Serge Dore Selections Ltd.,, Chappaqua, NY).
Tasting Note: A distinctly yeasty nose also displays hints of citrus, raspberry and soft floral hints. This too possesses an intense citrus character with a very generous mousse adding a sense of volume to the slightly lean and moderately dry finish. This is quite linear which is somewhat unusual for the 2009 vintage.
Score: 89
Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
Drink: 2016+
Issue: 53
By Serge Dore Selections
Veuve Doussot Champagne Brut Cuvee Ernestine 2009
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Cuvee Ernestine Brut is the fruit of one fantastic harvest in 2009, when the vines offered grapes of such fine quality that Veuve Doussot declared it a vintage. Powerful and persistent, this cuvee is an ideal blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Its robust structure comes from the 25 year-old Pinot Noir vines planted in Kimmeridgean clay soils. Located on 17.3 acres in the Cote des Bar region of southern Champagne, these soils, rich in clay and limestone, are perfectly suited to Pinot Noir, translating into a freshness and minerality in the final wine, with clear, crisp fruit and a great backbone of structure to hold it all together. The addition of Chardonnay brings the whole into focus, offering a crispness and balance characteristic of this great 2009 vintage. Aged 36 months in the Veuve Doussot cellars. Pairs wonderfully with shellfish, fish, and as an aperitif. A wonderful nose reveals bursts of white flowers and stone fruit, coming together on the palate as pear, apricot and a drip of honey. Supple yet full-mouthed, it holds strong all the way through the long finish. This is quality Champagne indeed…The Joly family have been winegrowers in the heart of Champagne for over a century, and Stephane Joly continues this passionate tradition. 
The COTE DES BAR marks the transition between the plains of Champagne and the rolling slopes of Burgundy. From the Côte des Blancs, it is some 2hrs south of Epernay. The largest city near the Côte des Bar and that of the Aube department in which it lies is Troyes, once abundant with textile factories but now perhaps most known for its high quality andouillette, an aromatic sausage made from pig’s intestines. Just south of the Côte des Bar, one finds the small village of Chaource, from which the creamy, buttery and delicious cow’s milk cheese takes its name. Less than an hour southwest lies the northern tip of Burgundy and the town of Chablis. The soil in the Côte des Bar is closer to that of Chablis - Kimmeridgian marl topped by Portlandian limestone - than it is to the vineyards near Epernay and Reims, which is composed mostly by Cretaceous chalk. Unlike in Chablis, however, producers in the Aube specialize in Pinot Noir. Humid Atlantic influences coming from the west and continental influences with higher temperatures are two factors that help Pinot Noir ripen extremely well in the area. In fact, Pinot accounts for almost 90% of vines planted in the region and strongly influences the character of its Champagne. Nevertheless, the Côte des Bar has diversified terroirs. Specific soil types, local climate conditions, slope and orientation are extremely varied, producing separate microclimates. Each vigneron needs to be fully attentive to his own terroir in order to make the most of it.
From THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 12, 2011
“The spotlight is unexpectedly shining on the Aube, and its primary growing area, the Côte des Bar. Now the region is coming to be known for its independent vignerons, whose distinctive, highly sought wines have caught the attention of Champagne lovers the world over.”
“The focus terroir in the Aube reflects a larger discussion throughout the entire region, in which small producers making distinctive, terroir-specific Champagnes from grapes they farm themselves have seized initiative from the big houses. These small grower-producers … now lay claim to an outsize portion of the fascination among Champagne lovers.”
“Many Aube producers are taking their cues from Burgundy, with its emphasis on farming and on being able to trace terroir through the wines. …these Champagnes suggest soil on the boots and dirt under the fingernails.”
Additional Details
Alcohol: 12.50%
Annual Production: 1000 cases
Vineyard Size: 17.3 acres
Location: Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Planting Density: 8260 vines/hectare
Yield: 70hl/ha
Average age of Vines: 25 years
Soils: Kimmeridgean on calcareous clay soils
Type of Press: traditional vertical press (Coquard)
Imported by Serge Dore Selections
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