Masterclass 1996 Champagne Melbourne
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A nice masterclass run by David Donald – using my stock of 1996 Champagnes. My notes are my personal view. 1996 Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs. This is the regular bottling. Pure and mineral but still showing quite a bit of … Read More

Taste Champagne – Melbourne – Tyson Stelzer
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Monday October 12th at Black Events Melbourne. There were two sessions – Trade first then public in the evening. There was a mix of the usual big house brands, small house brands and growers. Sadly across all market segments, big … Read More

Champagne Group tasting – August 3rd 2015
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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. … Read More

Champagne 2014 Export Statistics Analysis – focusing on Australia and growers
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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 … Read More

Jacques Lassaigne – Montgueux
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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 … Read More

La Table Kobus – Epernay
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A nice restaurant with good food and BYO for a minimal corkage fee is allowed. Near the church in the middle of Epernay.

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