Light, orange-tinged red. Redcurrant, cherry and botanical herbs on the pungent nose. Broad, palate-staining red fruit flavors are impressively focused and very dry, with spiciness building slowly on the back end. Shows very good depth and focus, with persistent notes of licorice and peppery spices lingering. This idiosyncratic Champagne would be a fantastic stand-in for a light red wine at the table.
Score: 91 points -- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 2011