I know this Cuvée since I know Champagne. Generous and convivial, the Carte d’Or from Paul Lebrun never deceived me. This traditional Champagne “brut”, exclusively made from Chardonnay grapes, finds its balance between the natural freshness of the fruit and a relatively round and smooth dosage.
My first impression, when holding the nose above the glass, is of ripe red fruit, mainly red currant. I think I could recognize the surprising, typical perfume of this wine amongst dozens of wines. After a short time, the wine opens up, showing its entire character: mainly lemon and freshly cut grass, but there also is a little hazelnut and brioche.
Round, medium-bodied and almost creamy on the palate, I particularly appreciate the perfectly integrated bubbles! I think you never should search for bubbles in a sparkling wine, nor have the wine pushed against your teeth, while drinking a glass of CO2. The wine-bubble ration should be perfectly balanced! Lively but not green, this Champagne stimulates your appetite and thus perfectly suits to an extended aperitif. But you should also give it a try on a fine desert, a rhubarb crumble or a tarte tatin.