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Champagne – For Goodness Saker

By November 17, 2010No Comments

The results are published for people who can afford to enjoy such wines on a regular basis. After the tasting, John invites a number of his friends around to ensure the bottles of wines are utilised as properly as they can be. I’ve been fortunate to be on the guest list for a number of years, and this year was a veritable treat again. It was fun to go through the wines, all Non-Vintage Champagnes, in the company of Sue Davies of Wine2Trade and Lee Martin of Glengarry, as members of the wine trade, to share thoughts with. John of course had already decided on his picks, and he listened in with interest. I believe there was general agreement among us, but style subjectivity played a strong part. Bottle variation is also a factor, especially due to shipment dates. It was interesting to see two Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ variants included. They certainly lacked in autolysis. Here are my thoughts as to how they showed on the night:

Five Star
Duval-Leroy, Henriot Blanc ‘Souverain’, Lanson Rosé, Perrier-Jouet ‘Grand Brut’
Four Star
Ayala ‘Brut Majeur’, Bollinger ‘Special Cuvee’, Charles Heidsieck, Drappier, Gosset ‘Grande Reserve’, Henriot Brut ‘Souverain’, Henriot Rosé ‘Souverain’, Jacquesson ‘Cuvee 733′, Lanson,Lanson Rosé, Louis Roederer ‘Brut Premier’, Pol Roger, Taittinger
Three Star
Delamotte, Moet & Chandon, Mumm ‘Cordon Rouge’, Mumm Rosé, Nicolas Feuillate, Piper-Hiedsieck, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Two Star
Gosset ‘Excellence’, Jean-Marc Vigneaux Freres, Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ Blanc de Blancs, Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ Brut, Philipponat

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