Champagne and Wine review
Birthday celebrations for M kicked off with a bang at the 67 Pall Mall Private Members’ Club for wine lovers in London, with a Bollinger Grand Annee Brut 2004 vintage champagne. It was the most sophisticated, aromatic and smooth champagne we have tasted. The rich toasty bouquet, reminds us for that full nasal experience you get from a Krug which promised much. What the aroma promised, the lush taste delivered. It had a light biscuit and red apple crispness start to a long mineral finish. There may well be better vintages (1998 and 2002) but you would be hard pressed to find a better way to start celebrating a friend’s birthday!
Staying with the mineral style, we moved to the 2013 St Aubin “En Remilly” by Hubert Lamy. It is one of our favourite vineyards in the Cote D’oR, Burgundy. En Emilly borders on to the world famous (and priced to match) Puligny-Montrachet so you can get a similar quality of grape and terroir but at a much more reasonable price. Classic refined Chardonnay, with enough oak to give a good acidic backbone, and great mineral finish without being overpowering.
Staying in Burgundy but switching to the Pinot Noir grape, we moved to a 2007 premier cru Alex-Corton from Les Fournieres vineyard and producer Domaine Tollot-Beaut. A characteristic smokey red currants, cherry nose and a light bodied, only slightly peppered fruity taste that accompanied the haggis scotch eggs perfectly.
With the heavy main course of roast pork and beef, we then switched region to Saint-Julien Bordeaux, a 2002 Chateau Leoville Barton Grand Cru Classe. It had plenty of spice, a much more compost-heap bouquet, and a darker richer wine.
If the Saint-Julien changed the assault, our next decanted wine, Chateau Canon-la-Gaffliere 2001 Grand Cru Classe, came from up river in St Emilion. Actually, this wine literally blew our noses away with “wows” and one particularly expressive expression that rhymed with “cluck me”! That said, the taste was elegant, balanced with sweet, spiced red and black fruit jamminess persisting for ages on the palate.
We can safely say this was the best wine experience that we’ve had all year and top 10 ever. What is your best or favourite wine and champagne experience?