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Nov 19, 2007 04:55 AM

TN: Champagne Canard-Duchêne Grand Cuvée Charles VII Brut Rosé

n.v. Champagne Canard-Duchêne Grand Cuvée Charles VII Brut Rosé (Champagne, France): Initially produced from approximately 50 percent Pinot Noir, 10 percent Pinot Meunier, and 40 percent Chardonnay -- to which is then added 15 percent Pinot Noir as a vin rouge (and I'm too tired to re-calculate the percentages), this is a much deeper rosé than my traditional favorite, Billecart-Salmon -- still, no doubting its rosé nature (that is, it no way looks red); a fine mousse and tiny bead; the bouquet is quite forward, with floral notes coupled with cherries, apples, mineral notes and some light brioche; on the palate, it's a true Brut, with very layered flavors and complexity, yet quite elegant and stylish; the finish is crisp and lingering. Very fine indeed, and a nice surprise to see this again after -- I think -- some 20 years since I had the last bottle.


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  1. nice note. who is the importer and what is the approximate price point? thx

    4 Replies
    1. re: ibstatguy

      I don't recall the importer, but the Canard-Duchêne Charles VII is around $40-45 retail.

      1. re: zin1953

        I believe Henry Wine Group is distributing Canard-Duchene and may even be importing it as well. They are giving it a huge push and the regular NV Brut is being blown out at Costco among other places for $28 a bottle or so.

        1. re: domaine547

          Yes, the Henry Wine Group IS the distributor in California, but I'm not sure they're the importer. While they distribute Canard-Duchêne in California and also in Oregon, they do NOT represent this Champagne house in Maryland, Virginia or the District.

          1. re: zin1953

            I only mentioned they might be the importer because they tried to sell to me with D.I. pricing. But it's possible they were mis-using the term.