Abelé claims to be the third oldest Champagne house in Reims, and makes a very stylish, sophisticated wine for the price. A big, plush, yeasty nose sends sweet notes of cracker and toast above lime and mineral; the flavors that follow are forward, round and rich. Hints of mango and papaya fruit lead into a sensuous, lightly spicy, thoroughly satisfying finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.