The label for Les Closeaux by Champagne Christophe Baron

Les Closeaux

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:


2018 Les Closeaux

96 Points

Lovely aromas of dried apples and yellow cherries with bread dough, spiced orange peel, dried rosemary, chamomile and pie crust. Its medium-bodied and structured with clean and pointy acidity throughout, with a creamy mousse. It’s tense and will need some time. Beautiful chalky minerality to close. 1,599 magnums produced. 100% pinot meunier. From organically grown grapes. Disgorged April 2022. Zero dosage. Try after 2024. –James Suckling,

96 Points

This is a new wine to this portfolio, as the Les Closeaux comes from a 1.49 acre parcel located in the town of Crouttes-sur-Marne. Vines from this site were first planted all the way back in 1925. Very dense like the other wines of this lineup, this offers concentrated gooseberry, pear, flint, lemon rind and starfruit flavors alongside pastry crust and cardamom notes on the palate. Full of tension, with serious weight, this beauty is just starting to hit its stride. Initially a bit reticent, give it 20-30 minutes in the decanter if consuming now to indulge in the full range of flavors. –Owen Bargreen,

94 Points

The 2018 Brut Nature Les Closeaux (Magnum) is the most open and accessible of Christophe Baron's 2018s. It has plenty of Meunier character, but also softer edges that make it very easy to enjoy today. Dried pear, spice, mint, red cherry, and crushed rocks abound. The Closeaux could easily be mistaken for Pinot Noir given its flavor profile and overall feel. At the same time, sandy soils confer notable sensuality. It's a gorgeous wine by any measure. –Antonio Galloni, Vinous