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.
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.