2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (Previously $120)

SKU #1404303

Absolutely incredible opportunity on this creamy, supple blanc de blancs that still has great focus and precision and superior, long, mineral finish. Like all of the Thienot vintage wines, this bottling is entirely estate grown from the family's nearly seventy acres of vines. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer) From the winery: "In 1985 Alain Thiénot launched his eponymous Champagne House, driven by his experience as a courtier and close-knit relationships with Champagne growers. This was quite a challenge in a sector where the greatest names began their existence as early as the 18th century. Never willing to compromise on quality or expertise, Alain Thiénot has transformed this vision into one of his key strengths. From this point forwards, using a strategy targeting the gastronomy sector, he has successfully conquered markets in France and abroad. He has passed on this passion and vision to his children, Garance and Stanislas, who decided to join the family business in 2003. With its resolutely modern philosophy, the most recently established, privately owned and family-run Champagne House continues its expansion."

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This Champagne is composed of juice from all old vine Grand Cru grapes on property that used to belong to Krug right in the Cotes de Blanc… so you know they’re working with great land and great fruit. The nose is earthy, almost a little sandy toned, but there’s also good fresh fruit here with scents of citrus peel and Golden Delicious apples. The mouthfeel is soft and supple with a great apple/pear balance that becomes more intense in fruitiness and even borders on tropical flavors before coming to a gradual vanilla finish.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2019 | Send Email
Ripe fruit aromatics with a good amount of acid and hints of vanilla custard notes on the palate. Bright, fresh and a nice texture, this champagne would be a great way to start a fête! A great value for a high end champagne.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2019 | Send Email
A very good grower friend of mine from the Aube, far away from the Cotes de Blancs said to me once that Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is like a marionette; delicate, precise, elegant and full of hidden complexity. This Thiènot matches that description perfectly, with a soft, round, texture and an airy feel that one could never tire of. The Champagne has beautiful brioche aromas and flavors that transport me to the best bakeries in France, while the wine is balanced by subtle meyer lemon flavors and a subtle, but ultimately fresh minerality.
Drink from 2019 to 2025

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2019 | Send Email
This is a rich, creamy style of blanc de blancs with bright fruit notes of pear and apple, honeysuckle, toast and intriguing notes of spice. This is a great vintage champagne aged to perfection!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
I had the opportunity to taste this elegant Blanc de Blanc along with a slew of other Blanc de Blancs earlier this week. The Black Ball stood out for its silky texture and rich character. Plush, with lemon cream and lemon curd scents and flavors. A touch of nectarine and pastry dough adds interest to the overall character. A very nice finish that has balanced acidity (how did they do that in this high acid vintage?) and soft minerality. A very easy (and super delicious!) way to support the Black Ball charity!

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
This wine is all about the party! A flamboyant nose leads you into a luscious and soft texture filled with golden fruits drizzled with a tiny bit of honey for that touch of richness. Despite being from the 2007 vintage, the overall character of this wine is fresh and zippy, and would be perfect served during any festivity!

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
This is a special release from a special producer at a special price for a special charity! A beautiful blanc de blancs from some hi end chardonnay vines. At this price, you can splurge and buy 2. A must buy!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
The Black Ball is not only an amazing way to support a fine children's charity, it's a absolutely lovely high-end Champagne at a great price. With aromatics and flavors of brioche, light spice and laced with gentle honeysuckle, the Champagne is both complex and elegant in style with an unmistakable feeling of pedigree. And for good reason: the fruit came from one of the most famous, super high-end Champagne houses, which sold off some parcels in three Grand Cru villages at a time when they needed cash flow. The style is wonderfully different but the quality is immediately evident.
Top Value!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Alain Thienot has offered up some pretty lovely bubbles with Black Ball. Originally offered at double this price, this is an amazing Champagne at an amazing offer. Rich nose of biscuits buttered with fleur de sel and a lovely ripe tropical fruit palate. Awesome.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Hilariously easy to drink, the Black Ball is a quintessential crowd-pleaser, while still strutting premium quality. With a soft custard edge that melts away to soft citron, this is a top tier toast candidate, but also would bring out the best in shortbread cookie, or, if you're feeling especially decadent, Southern Fried Chicken.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
100% Grand Cru Chardonnay This vintage of Black Ball is nice and toasty with notes of buttercream, a hint of popcorn and lovely meringue. With the deal we will be offering on this one I can't see a reason you wouldn't need a bottle or two!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.