I caught up with Moet & Chandon’s chef du cave Benoit Gouez, who was in town to launch a new Champagne. It’s Ice Imperial, a Champagne made with the intention of serving it on the rocks.
Traditionalists will be horrified. Here’s my interview with Benoit, who explains the concept behind it, the wine itself, and then [...]
We had a great time yesterday at my sister’s place, where a sizeable contingent of family gathered to celebrate the royal wedding. I was initially not intending to watch the spectacle, but it turned out to be quite gripping – a day of real emotion.
We celebrated with Champagne – beginning with a magnum of Drappier [...]
I’ve not tasted a lot of Gosset since a remarkable vertical tasting of their wines back in 2002. So it was nice to drink this rather good Champagne, the 1999 Grand Millésime. It’s a serious effort, made in quite a distinctive style.
Champagne Gosset Grande Millésime 1999
Deep yellow colour. Powerful aromas of toast, honey, nuts, figs and spice. [...]
Had a very enjoyable lunch today. It was the launch of Salon 1999 – the latest vintage from this remarkable Blanc de Blancs Champagne which comes from a single cru (Le Mesnil) and spends 10 years ageing on lees before disgorgement.
But rather than match this aristocratic fizz with a Michelin-starred menu, Corney & Barrow had [...]
Today’s Harpers Champagne Summit was really good.
I was there to present a ‘masterclass’: my theme, the difference between non-vintage and vintage Champagnes. I compared the NV and vintage wines from three different houses, but made people do it single blind (they knew which wines were in each pair, but not which was which). Amazingly, this [...]
I suppose I’m guilty of not taking pink fizz seriously enough. Well, in light of today’s date, I’ve opened a couple. I’m trying to pretend that I’m being ironic, but they’re actually quite delicious drinking. The surprise is how good the English fizz is.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV
12% alcohol. Pink with an orange hue. [...]
So here it is: the second annual Champagne blind tasting. Brother-in-law William and I taste a range of top Champagnes blind, including three ringers (two of which are from England). We’re assisted by my brother Arthur who plays a cameo role somewhere in the middle. The results are interesting, and for me a little unexpected. [...]
Very enjoyable family lunch today at my sister’s place in Gerrards Cross. A four siblings plus their families and my parents were gathered. Some nice wines were opened. I didn’t take proper notes this time, but here are my brief impressions.
First some fizz. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a very fruit-driven Champagne with lovely depth [...]
Two very impressive, and relatively affordable Champagnes (by Champagne standards, of course). Champagnes are some of the hardest wines to write vaguely sensible tasting notes about, so I hope you will forgive me for my efforts.
Champagne Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2005
Very fine, refined toasty nose with citrus fruit and subtle nuttiness. [...]
First day’s judging at the Sparkling Wine Review is underway her at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.
It’s a completely new sort of benchmarking exercise, and we’re very excited about it.