De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut

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Facts: De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut

🌐 Region: Reims, Champagne
🇪🇸Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir, 29% Pinot Meunier
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2000
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,5%
🍭 Sugar content: < 6 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 30,00 €
🏆 Rating: TOP

🥂 Drink of the day: 28 January 2021

See what you can find in a french supermarket from Champagne house De Castelnau. The vintage champagne (Millésime) 2000, brut.

A millésime is only created in particularly good years. The champagne houses decide whether the vintage will be a millésime. But then it starts with the rules. A millésime must contain 100% of the specified year. The year must be marked on the cork. The millésime champagne matures on the lees for at least 3 years.

The key data from De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut are my taste. The 2000 vintage was a good year for sparkling wines of all kinds. It is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut, Cork
Cork with vintage – De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut


Clear, golden yellow with green reflections. Fine bubbles that line up like a string of pearls.


De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut smells of apples and citrus fruits. In contrast delicate roasted aromas and butter.


Intense and complex. Wonderful age notes. Mouthwatering tastes of brioche and pastries. This reflects the maturity of the cuvée. Delicate notes of citrus fruits. Lively finish, with a dominance of apples.

Overall uncomplicated, refreshing with a mineral taste. Hardly any acid.


POP. A lucky purchase.

De Castelnau, Millésime, 2000, brut has everything I want from a champagne. The quality is high. It had enough time to mature. Complex and generous.

Unfortunately, a disgorgement date is missing.