Champagne René Geoffroy "Expression" Brut Coumières Premier Cru ($29.99)
Clear pale gold, with a foamy mousse followed by a very persistent bubble fountain. Apples and a delicate whiff of rising bread dough; just a touch of cocoa. Tart and crisp, flavors follow the nose. Creamy and fresh, nicely balanced. Another "farmer fizz" from an individual grower (Récoltant-Manipulant), it's an unusual blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. US Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Manhasset, N.Y.; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (Dec 28, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Good with a diverse range of fare on a pre-New Year's buffet: French bread and Brie, avocado and grapefruit salad, spinach quiche and a vegetarian kale-and-garbanzo soup.



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