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Janisson Baradon & Fils Champagne Le Toulettes Brut 2000

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2000
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This is a special bottle of wine. Smooth and round with citrus notes and toasty vanilla. Lots of bubbles and acidity, so it will still last some more though it is drinking very well at the moment. The wine is the essence of great vintage champagne. If you can find a bottle buy it for a special occasion!

Tarlant Champagne Cuvée Brut Prestige 1998

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Vintage: 1998
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This Champagne is clean and fresh on the nose with hints of citrus fruit and loads of autolytic notes.  On the palate there are loads of yummy flavours of biscuity yeast and citrus. Smooth and elegant, this wine is maturing nicely and has lots of life in it still.

N.V. Gratien & Meyer Saumur Cuvée Flamme Brut Rosé

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Crémant
Country: France – Loire Valley- Saumur

Nice notes of strawberries, though this wine lacks depth. A good sparkling drink for a hot summer day, but nothing too serious.

Tarlant Brut Rosé

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne – Rosé
Country: France

This is a great tasting rosé. The champagne has lots of tight uniform bubbles coupled with a lovely pink colour. I has flavours of citrus with hints of red fruits. A very nice libation indeed.

Michel Lenique Champange Brut 2003

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2003
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Pierry

This was part of the spectacular wine selection we had on Christmas. This, in my opinion, is one of the top houses in Champagne and this is one of their top bottles. Vintage Champagne tends to have a stronger flavour to it and isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you do enjoy vintage champagne, you’ll love this one. It is very crisp and dry with excellent flavours and lots of bubbles.

Champagne Armand De Brignac Ace of Spades

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Reims

When I got the chance to taste this champagne I was a little skeptically. Any Champagne that attracts a price tag that Armand De Brignac does must be all hype… In fact the wine was excellent. For a Non-Vintage blend it was refreshing and tasted wonderful. Nice crisp finish that I expect from a Brut. I would drink this again, though I doubt I’ll be buying any anytime soon; it’s just too expensive.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose Brut

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Reims

Veuve’s entry in the Rose Champagne market is excellent. The bubbles are small and plentiful. The flavours are good – sweet but not too sweet and a dry finish. I can’t help but think that the premium that you pay fore the Veuve name makes this wine not very good value for money. Great champagne, but you pay above the odds for it.

Champage Tarlant – Brut Zéro

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Epernay

Champagne Tarlant has a claim to fame for being a zero dosage champagne. This means that when the second fermentation occurs, they do not need to add any sugar to the bottle (the dosage). As far as I’m aware, this is unique for champagne.

Of course the quality of the champagne is very good. There seemed to be almost too many bubbles which were nice and small. The taste was great, though this is not my favourite Brut. Recommended.