4 recent champagnes

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Blake Brown
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4 recent champagnes

Post by Blake Brown » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:03 pm

Some recent champagnes:

2008 MOET & CHANDON GRAND VINTAGE BRUT ROSE- 46% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Meunier; aged for 7 years in the cellars with 6 months of post disgorgement [5 gms/l] ageing; the colour is an interesting dark hued copper red, the nose is redolent of floral notes especially of rose petals, red raspberry and red cherry with accents of clove and mint; the taste is of fresh and concentrated red fruit with a semblance of balance; this has bright acidity, great mouthfeel and a refreshing and spirited finish.

NV CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT RESERVE- this was first bottled and aged in 2009, disgorged in 2017; it is a bland of 60 crus vinified separately with a division of 33% Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier; they use 40% reserve wines with an average age of 10 years from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards taken from the best crus from the best years and aged from 5-15 years in stainless still vats.

Tasting notes: the colour has a golden hue; included in the aromatics is nice toasted brioche, almond paste and stone fruit notes with apricot and papaya most prevalent; the taste profile had vanilla laced red plums and cherries as well; it was delivered in a creamy mousse which served to enhanced and prolong the finish to grand proportions.

NV JOSE DHONDT ROSE de SAIGNEE BRUT- it had an amazing colour of red amber; the initial nose was of freshly trimmed rose petals, clove and fruit forwardness of maraschino cherry, strawberry and red raspberry with a hit of cinnamon; the aromas and taste profile softened dramatically in a few minutes becoming less intense and also included spicy clove accented red raspberry; over time, the wine significantly mellowed and balanced out; it was full bodied with a rich assortment of flavours.

2008 LANSON GOLD LABEL VINTAGE BRUT- with more than 6 years of ageing in the cellar, this bottle was disgorged in October, 2017; it`s rich and full bodied, creamy in texture and just about right on the dosage level for me= not too sweet; the taste profile includes peach, pear, grapefruit, kiwi and lime with accents of ginger and saline; some citrus notes come in past mid palate; this has bright acidity and is good champagne, not to big and yet big enough.


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