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.

 

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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.