Thanks to Anna's discerning eye, we've gathered to explore a captivating array of Champagnes from prestigious houses, a testament to the depth and diversity this region offers. Our initial journey of six stellar bottles took a delightful turn, expanding to eight, reminding us that in the world of Champagne, surprises often come in pairs.
De Sousa Cuvée des Caudalies Grand Cru Millésime Extra Brut 2010
This wine secured the 🏅 6th place in our wine tasting lineup.
Greeted by an expressive bouquet that unfolds yellow fruits, lemon, and brioche initially, morphing over time to divulge grapefruit, ginger, baking spices, gingerbread, mushrooms, and Jerez nuances. The palate tells a story that's vinous and sophisticated, with a freshness that plays around a rounded, delicious core. While the aftertaste is long, it bows out sooner than desired, not quite clinging to persistence. Ready to be appreciated now.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grands Crus Blanc de Blancs 2012
This wine secured the 🏅 7th place in our wine tasting lineup.
Consider us lucky, as the bottle was corked. It manifested primarily in restrained bouquet and empty palate. Fortunately, there was a second bottle to compare and it was a completely different story.
The bouquet, with a hint of reduction, unfurls white flowers, tarragon, cream soda, and brioche, laying a straightforward yet nuanced trail for the senses. The palate follows, fresh and creamy, persistent through each sip. The finish brings a saline touch mingling with white flowers and tangerine. It's a well-tailored, comprehensible wine, not diving deep into complexity but hinting at a subtle evolution towards the finish. The balance scores, as does delicacy and the slight development manifesting in the finish.
Henri Giraud Perpetual Reserve 90-19 NV
This wine secured the 🏅 5th place in our wine tasting lineup.
Perpetual Reserve attracts me. A dynamic expression of a time range. PR 90-19 has some stories to tell.
Expressive bouquet of smoked cheese, Madeira notes, burnt sugar, fried nuts, mushrooms, baked apple - it's a rustic feast both in the nose and on the palate. The fruits made a pact to arrive baked, adding a homely, warm touch to the ensemble. The palate is round, fresh with a long aftertaste and a pleasant bitterness in the finish.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2006
This wine secured the 🥇 1st place in our wine tasting lineup.
Kicks off with a bold narrative of baked Gouda, soon mellowing down to unveil a flirtatious array of yellow fruits, toasted brioche, honeycomb, shells, and citrus, subtly escorted by Jerez notes. Almost full-bodied, it flaunts a flashy, textural demeanor. The play between a sharp acidity and ripe fruitiness, adorned with a precise mousse, keeps me engaged. The finale, a long evolving aftertaste, flaunts delicate strokes of Jerez, baked apples, honeycomb, and oil, making the Charles Heidsieck encounter nothing short of a lavish soirée.
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Collection 1999
This wine secured the 🥈 2nd place in our wine tasting lineup.
A captivating ensemble unfolds with tarragon, iodine, cheese, and a splash of Jerez, harmonizing with a chorus of yellow fruits, honeysuckle, smoke, brown sugar, and hazelnuts. This medium-full bodied wine conducts a friendly yet sophisticated round of notes, offering an ample narrative. The finale, a lengthy and flavorful aftertaste, leaves a charming saline signature, making for a riveting tale in a glass.
Bruno Paillard N.P.U. 1999
This wine secured the 🥉 3rd place in our wine tasting lineup.
Embarking with a hint of wormwood and tarragon, it swiftly peels back layers to unveil a spectrum from baked lemon and candied orange peel to the rustic notes of wet cellar and mushrooms, framed by beeswax, walnut, and roasted sesame. Its complexity is a vinous voyage, voluminous yet poised with an exacting delicacy. The narrative extends into a long aftertaste, marking a unique character in a grand exhibit. A distinctive rendition in a glass, eloquently articulating its exceptional lineage.
Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2011
This wine secured the 🏅 4th place in our wine tasting lineup.
Under the veil of weariness, this bottle still managed to sketch a notable impression. The narrative begins with tilia honey and buttered croissant, quickly intertwined with a spectrum of yellow fruits and bruised apples. A subtle Jerez nuance, joined by an unexpected pickle twist, adds a layer of intrigue. The palate is well-balanced, embodying a rounded persistence that holds through each sip. Even in a less than ideal state of appreciation, its character shines, hinting at a depth worth revisiting.
Eric Rodez Cuvée des Grands Vintages L.07-20 NV
This wine secured the 🏅 8th place in our wine tasting lineup.
An elegant interplay of apple, burnt caramel, and cream, with an ensemble of popcorn, toasted almonds, dried white flowers, honeycomb, peach, and a playful hint of salami. Boasts an almost full-bodied stature; its freshness and richness are well orchestrated. Delivers a fleshy, enveloping mouthfeel, stretching into a long, satisfying aftertaste. Solid value.