Enjoyed a most bubbly afternoon of champagne tasting at a friend’s apartment this weekend. Here are the bottles, some vintage and some hand-carried back from France. I’m feeling so very very lucky.
From the left to right:
- Chandon Rosé: “Intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors are interwoven with apple, pear, and stone fruit. On the palate, the wine is creamy and seductive, with defined structure from the addition of still Pinot Noir at tirage. The overall impression is one of bold vibrancy and impact from start to finish.”
- Moët Chandon Rosé Imperial: “A radiant color, an intense fruitiness and flamboyance on the palate. It reflects the diversity of the three champagne grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay)…Displays lively, expressive, amomas dominated by the scent of wild strawberries.”
- Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2002: “Beautiful harmony between the finely detailed texture, the lacy, mouthwatering acidity and the range of flavors, from fresh, floral tones of apricot, apple blossom and pink grapefruit zest to richer notes of toasted nut, spiced plum, freshly ground coffee, anise, cumin and cardamom.”
- Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rare Vintage Rosé 1985: “Layering flavors of coffee, treacle, roasted nuts, toasted bread, dried cherry and spice. Rich and elegant, with lovely integration of the still-vibrant acidity. The finish of smoke and graphite lingers.”
- Philipponnat Royale Réserve Non-Dosé: “By not adding any sugar once the first ageing process is completed, Philipponnat offers a leaner and crisper expression of its flagship Royale Réserve. Pale gold, lively, small and speedy bubbles with elements of citrus fruits and warm bread.”
Happily buzzed. Thank you, Mr. A :)