Posted: 05 Jun 2011 02:40 AM PDT
Well, first of all a big apology for being very quiet over the past month or so. All down to technical issues with domain names and such like, so please note that my blog can now be found at www.debateabubble.co ( not .com )
Anyway, here we go again with lots of news and information from Champagne starting with a quick rundown on what I tasted last week that I think you too would enjoy discovering
One of the great things about running a Bed & Breakfast in Champagne is that I get to meet all sorts of people and chat about champagne. ( actually it's my wife that runs the B & B but I get to enjoy the rewards)
Each guest has his or her own favourite champagnes and that gives us a chance to sample all sorts of champagnes and compare notes. This last week has been a bumper week for tasting; here's what we've sampled
Mandois Brut Nature
Zero dosage, lots of zingy citrus-style aromas and flavours yet not in the least sharp; quite the opposite in fact thanks to 4 years ageing. Really refreshing and somehow uplifting. A fabulous way to start any event, party, or meal. www.champagnemandois.fr
Pierre Deville Brut Grand Cru
Made by our next door neighbour, the Mayor of Verzy
This is a typical Verzy champagne by which I mean lots of Pinot Noir ( this is a mainly Pinot Noir village), full flavours and altogether heavier and less delicate than the Mandois.
Which style you prefer is just a question of individual preference, but the ridiculously reasonable price of Pierre Deville does help. Not available outside France I fear and no web site either so you'll have to come and visit us to sample it.
Christian Briard Vintage 2005
From the Vallée de la Marne Christian Briard specialises in Pinot Meunier-based champagnes, so very fruity with quite a lot of weight in the mouth.
The 2005 is beginning to develop the yeasty biscuity flavours that many people so enjoy. This is a fine champagne as an aperitif but in my view, better with a meal
The bottle too is worth mentioning since each one has a hand-painted gold motif on it. A Vietnamese design I believe – Christian's wife in Vietnamese
Alexandre Penet Extra Brut
This is a brand new range from Penet-Chardonnet. In fact so new that this bottle only has a temporary label on it
There are three champagnes in the new Alexandre Penet range. The extra brut has just 3grs of sugar per litre so it has the same fresh, crisp style as Penet-Chardonnet and also has the same rich and complex flavours and long finish.
Alexandre Penet will be available in larger quantities than Penet Chardonnet so offers you a great chance to try this house's unique style. Here's what one wne expert thought of this new release
Mailly Grand Cru, Blanc de Noirs
Mailly Champagne is another village in La Montage de Reims and is even more synonymous with Pinot Noir than Verzy.
This champagne is made by the local cooperative, also called Mailly, which produces champagnes of consistently good quality
To appreciate this at its best I'd suggest you enjoy it with a meal. It has the body and flavour to take it
Aspasie Vintage 2006
Only just released, this new vintage from Aspasie is super ( as are all Aspasie champagnes, in my view)
Aspasie is based in the village of Brouillet in an area to the west of Reims called La Vallée de l'Ardre. Not a well known area, but one with a distinct character all of its own.
All three champagne grapes thrive there in a somewhat sandy soil full of fossils of all shapes and sizes – an archaeologist's paradise.
This champagne is deep and rich both in colour and flavour with a slightly smokey taste that makes it even more memorable
I presented two Aspasie champagnes at a recent champagne tasting in London and you can see the video here
So there we have six of the best from this week – all worth getting to know better
More coming soon, just as fast as I can taste them!
Meanwhile, Stay Bubbly
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