Extra brut means that this Champagne is drier than most brut wines, while not totally dry as in brut zéro. This Extra Brut shows remarkable crispness, but also some ripeness with its apple and grapefruit flavors. It's one of those Champagnes that needs time to breathe, so open 30 minutes before you want to drink it—the bubbles won't disappear.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.