The multi-vintage Domaine Bruno Gobillard Vielles Vignes Brut scored 18 Dionysian points, cost under $45, has 12% alcohol,  and is an age-worthy Champagne made from “old vines” of Chardonnay 60%, Pinot Noir 20%, and Pinot Meunier 20%.

It was disgorged in March of 2013 after two years of sleeping on the lees and finished with just 9 grams of sugar. It’s an RM Champagne, meaning the house grew their own grapes, and made their own sparkling wine.



Toasty, refreshing, dry with tiny bubbles and hints of apple make this a great reception or first-course wine that every Champagne lover would enjoy.

I should have gotten more of these and let a few of them age a few more years. I enjoy older Champagne because it develops a third-level of complexity that once you’re use to it, makes younger sparkling wines taste a little dull.   In Vino Veritas.