1995 Bollinger Grande Annee
A slightly evolved style – a nice drink but maybe not in pristine condition.
2000 Launois Maxime BdB
Very pure and intense, classic Chardonnay from a great village. Long and subtle with the dosage perfectly integrated.
1996 Guy Charlemagne Mesnillesime BdB
There has been some bottle variation in the past, but this bottle was in spectacularly good shape. Powerful and intense, very pure and long, and all held in check with lovely acidity.
2001 Boulard Les Rachais Chardonnay
Quite a funky evolved style, mineral, sherbet, a little strange.
1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion BdB
Spectacular, perfect condition, real purity and great length. Mineral and chalk.
2002 Boulard Millesime
Round and rich, showing some Pinot characters, a nice drink.
1998 Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale BdB
Spectacular wine, shows white fruits and hint of pears. Unctuous and long.
2005 Laherte Autrefois Meunier
Beautiful youthful style. Lovely balance and richness.
1999 Marc Hebrart Special Club
1999 was a warm ripe year, but this shows none of that. Intense and pure. Lovely.
Just a few observations on Champagne Export statistics. Here we have graphs showing different perspectives. You can click on the graphs for a larger popup version. First, the total bottle statistics for top ten counties.
Here we have the total volumes shipped with Australia coming 6th in total volume. Italy and Spain are still in some financial difficulties and have slipped behind Australia. Belgium is huge for its population of only 11,000,000 and this would not include the number of bottles bought by the ‘weekend Champagne tourist’. It is only a half day drive to the Champagne region from Belgium and they stock up big time with these statistics being recorded as an ‘in France’ sale. Also German and Italian tourists would stock up also. Japan’s consumption is quite miserly given their population of 127 million. Average per capita wine consumption for Japan is 2.6 litres compared to Belgium’s 26 – yes the Belgians drink 10 times more. This would imply that Japan has terrific future market expansion potential.
Montgueux is a remarkable wine region – totally unique in its structural makeup. Classified as being in the ‘Cote des Bars’ region which can be often further colloquially known as the ‘Aube’ – but in fact it has little in common with that Pinot Noir producing area. Montgueux is a tiny hill of pure chalk 100kms south of Epernay-12 kms north west of Troyes. The eonologist Daniel Thibaut described Montgueux as ‘the Montrachet of the Champagne country’ with 186 hectares of vines planted to 85% Chardonnay with a perfect south easterly aspect. Topsoils with a depth of 1 metre and chalk to a depth of 60 metres. The chalk here has numerous outcrops of silex – adding to the spicy mineral complexities of the wines.
Welcome to Champagne de Vigneron. Soon – lots of info about growers to visit, places to eat, where to stay, places to visit and educational videos – all about the Champagne region and its wines.