Lanson 2002 Gold Label Brut

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I don’t often do reviews of big house Champagnes since they do not really take my interest. But there has been lots of hype in recent press – and some retail specials also. About the $50 mark – so not a lot of money really.

The mousse is fine and foaming – maybe a little too coarse for my liking but certainly very appealing. Nose has apricots, red fruits and quite developed aromas. For a 2002 – this seems quite . . . → Read More: Lanson 2002 Gold Label Brut

Champagne Tarlant – Oeuilly

Tasting with Benoit and Melanie Tarlant in Oeuilly.

BAM(Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Petit Meslier). 2008 and reserve wines. Not yet for release – has great acidity and freshness. Will be very good with time.

Brut Zero Nature. 2006 and reserve wines. Ripe and round, creamy and minerally – a classic.

Brut Zero in magnu. 2005 and reserve wines. Quite toasty – still very pure. Long.

Brut Zero Rose. 2007 base and reserve wines. Lovely rounded smoky style – very nice.

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Champagne Gaston Chiquet – Dizy

Cuvee Insolent Base 2007 mainly Pinot Meunier dosage 8g Round and fruity – easy drinking style – relaxed and open.

Blanc de Blancs d’Ay 100CH all from 2008 dosage 8g Wow, here we have some beautifull acidity and freshness – citrus and chalk – entwined – great length- SUPERB.

Brut Tradition 2008 (75%)+ reserve wines. 45PM 20PN 35CH dosage 8g. Pure and long – complex with white fruits – citrus – the 2008 base wine makes this something very very . . . → Read More: Champagne Gaston Chiquet – Dizy

Champagne Lilbert – Cramant

Tasting with Bertrand Lilbert in Cramant.

Cuvee Reserve Blanc de Blancs 50/50 2008/2007 dosage 7g. Fresh acidity of 2008 gives this wine remarkable finesse and elegance. Pure and sophisticated – very long – really fine mousse. This makes up 80% of total production. 15 parcels of vines, 60% Cramant, 30% Chouilly and 10% Oiry. 10% of vins clairs are sold to Moet et Chandon.

Cuvee Perle 2007/2008 dosage 5g, 10% of production. Pressure is at 4 atmospheres. Lovely minerality and . . . → Read More: Champagne Lilbert – Cramant

Champagne Henriet-Bazin – Villers-Marmery

Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut. All from 2008 at 5g dosage. From Verzenay Pinot. Really vibrant and fresh, hints of red fruit but still very mineral and spicy. Quite superb.

Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Blend of 2006/2007 dosage 8g. Sophisticated and pure – white floral and citrus. Nicely mineral. Very nice.

Selection 1er Cru. 60PN 40CH blend 2008 and 2007 dosage 8g. Nicely fruity, perfume and exotic overtones. Nice.

Blanc de Noir Grand Cru. dosage 8g blend 2008 and . . . → Read More: Champagne Henriet-Bazin – Villers-Marmery

Champagne Coessens – Ville sur Arce.

Jerome Coessens has taken up the family vineyards to make his own Champagne from a single parcel of Pinot Noir.

Blanc de Noir. dosage 10g, from 2008 only. Pale green color, lovely spice and chalky complexity – very fine mousse – made all in tank – very elegant style – not too fruity. Very nice indeed.

Brut Nature 100% 2006. Mineral and spice – very pure – citrus and a hint of red fruits – not dry or hard – . . . → Read More: Champagne Coessens – Ville sur Arce.

Champagne Eric Rodez – Ambonnay

Cuvee Crayeres 60P, 40CH blend of 2007 down to 2002. 25% oak dosage 6g – partial malo 80%. Marvellous weight and freshness – minerals and spice – great length here – maybe the best version of this so far. For a base cuvee- this is quite extraordinary.

Blanc de Blancs 100CH from 2006 back to 2000. 60% in barrel. dosage 5g Perfumed and very spicy – unusual to see a pure Chardonnay from Ambonnay – all southern exposure – partial . . . → Read More: Champagne Eric Rodez – Ambonnay

Champagne Ledru – Ambonnay

Some wines tasted a la volee with no dosage of course.

2006 Brut Nature – purity and finesse – hints of citrus and apricots. 2007 Goulte Nature – really quite superb – 100PN – unctuous and red fruity but not heavy. I prefer the Nature over the regular dosaged cuvee. 2008 Rose Saignee – wow – the acidity of 2008 works so well in counterpoint with the subtle tannins.

Extra-Brut 2008 base, 85PN 15CH, dosage zero. Wow the purity and . . . → Read More: Champagne Ledru – Ambonnay

Champagne Laherte Freres – Chavot

A new cuverie is just being excavated just next to the house – refer to a photo in the album below. Also the old Brut Tradition cuvee is being relaunched with a new label and name – Ultradition.

Brut Tradition blend of 2009 and 2008 60PM,30CH,10PN – 50% of total production. 5o% tank, 50% barrel. dosage 6g Each year this cuvee just gets better and better. Now more mineral and smoky – citrus and quince overtones – purity and finesse. . . . → Read More: Champagne Laherte Freres – Chavot

Champagne Marc Hebrart – Mareuil-sur-Ay

1er Cru Blanc de Blancs 2008 76% 2007 24% 60CH 60% Oiry 40% Mareuil Dosage 8g /litre A smoky complex style, the Oiry acidity is balanced by the Mareuil richness. Beautifull wine.

Cuvee Selection 65PN 35CH from 2008 and reserve wines. Dosage 7.5g Here we see more red fruits and a more open style – with honey overtones. A very elegant thought provoking style. Classy.

Special Club 2006 55PN from Mareuil, 45CH from Oiry and Chouilly 6.5g Here we see . . . → Read More: Champagne Marc Hebrart – Mareuil-sur-Ay