90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

This small owner-grower Champagne will teach you just why there's so much buzz in the market about this type of bubbles.  Between the pricing and the quality, there's a lot to talk about.  The production is very limited, but the attention to detail and finesse of this wine will impress all who try it.  Made from an unusual blend of 50% Pinot Meurnier, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, there's a soft, fresh flavor of dried cherries that comes shining through the round, full mouth of this wine.  The mousse is persistent and the wine is delicious, we all felt that it was a can't miss.  Enjoy now through 2025. - DZ Dec 2015

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Brut
  • APPELLATION
    Champagne, France
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This super well-balanced bottle of Champagne gets an astoundingly luxurious seven years of aging on the lees. It is very rare to find something so reasonably priced that is kept for so long. Composed of even parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier it is fermented in stainless steel. Baron Fuente is a negociant that owns almost 90 acres of vines and purchases another 90 acres "sur pied," meaning that they pick the grapes. This has a very high-quality sourdough toastiness arrived at honestly from the long aging on the lees. It is round and easy to drink, with flavors of hazelnuts contrasting its nice citrus zip. The perfect thing to serve for an elegant aperitif at an important dinner party

TASTING NOTES 

A golden colour with a fine complex nose which opens up to smooth dried fruit, straw like, Danish pastry and delicately floral aromas. This full and vinous wine is a delightfully lively and leaves a long finish of pleasant fruit flavours.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Since the 17th century, the BARON family owned a vineyard in Charly sur Marne, in the west of the Champagne area.

Dolorès Fuenté is the daughter of Spanish immigrants and saw the hard side of live in Spain and at her arrival in France. Gabriel Baron and Dolorès Fuenté met at the local dance hall. At the time, the profession of a winemaker was not very much recognised, so Gabriel pretended to be a postman.

In 1961, at the occasion of his marriage to Dolorès, Gabriel Baron was given 1 ha of vineyards by his father. And in 1967, as a symbol of their union, Gabriel Baron and Dolorès Fuenté founded the house Baron-Fuenté.
The first bottles were produced and sold directly from the house. Since then, the company kept on developing year after year.

In 1982, their daughter Sophie joined Gabriel and Dolorès and starts working with her parents. In 1992, their son Ignace also joined the still growing family house, which owns by then already 13 ha of vineyards in Charly-sur-Marne, at the beautiful river banks of the Marne.

Today, Champagne Baron-Fuenté is the owner of 38 ha of vineyards and the brand Baron-Fuenté is owned by the Baron family.
The house Baron-Fuenté is actually managed by Ignace and Sophie.
Ignace, assisted by his chef de cave Orlando, is in charge of the elaboration of all the champagnes.

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PERFECT PAIRINGS

L’Esprit Brut makes an elegant aperitif. The style also allies well to food especially with roasted chicken. This precious wine also goes superbly with caviar or sushi.