Sunday 5 January 2014
Two Bottles Of Bubbly
2006 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion
This youngster opens with a smooth yet intense and fresh nose with notes of yellow apples, fennel seeds, butter cookies, elderberries and dry fudge. Very, very good. With air it becomes sweeter and more buttery.
The taste is young, elegant and fine with notes of white currants, fudge, summer flowers and lots of minerals. A very fine acidity. Medium bodied. This will need some years in the cellar, and it will become better, but it will never reach the 2004 or the 2002, but it is marginally better than the 2005.
92p (tasted 2013/12)
NV Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs
A young, elegant nose with lots of fresh bread, newly washed clothes, white balsam vinegar, butter biscuits and elderberries. Opens up fine in a big glass (never use those tall, narrow glasses for Champagne - I know where you live! :-)).
The taste is young, tight and focused with notes of grilled lemons, lemon cream, chalk, dry biscuits and white currants. The finish is long and refined. A very good acidity. This will need 3-5 years to really show of. As fine as last time.
91p (tasted 2013/12)