Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Bright gold. Ripe orchard and pit fruits on the nose and in the mouth, with notes of honey and candied fig building with air. Lush and open-knit, with good heft and a touch of finishing warmth. This rich, weighty Champagne would work well with fish or poultry in a buttery sauce, or with aged, funky cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast: Named after one of the founders of Canard-Duchêne, this Pinot Noir-dominated Champagne is packed with intensely textured fruit along with some beginnings of maturity. With its powerful final acidity, it's a food wine.