NV Exaltation Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Pertois-Lebrum
This bubbly shows of a deep, refined notes with lots of fresh green apples and additional notes of ginger bread cookies, dry fudge, crushed rocks and some grassy notes. Complex and very fine.
The taste is young, concentrated yet snappy with notes of white currants, butter cookies, green apple sorbet and minerals. Long and focused. Very, very good.
92p (tasted 2016/07)
2007 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Pertois-Lebrun
A fine, creamy nose with notes of white and red currants, matchbox, lime peel and summer flowers. Elegant and fine. A hint of white chocolate after some time in the glass. Really good.
The taste is racy and tight with notes of white flowers, crushed flint, lime peel and a hint of vanilla fudge. A long, stony finish with a fine acidity. This is goood!
92p (tasted 2016/07)
1964 Brut, Réne Brisset
Old, a bit cranky, but still hanging in there. Notes of old wrinkled apples, pecan pie and moist earth pushes up from the glass. Good.
The taste is soft, mature and earthy with notes of a cold Tarte Tatin, overripe melon and decaying flowers. This must have rather "sweet" in its youth. There is a tiny sparkle on the tongue from the last surviving bubbles.
76p (tasted 2016/08)
2010 Brut Rosé. Louis Roederer
I have drunk this beauty on three occasions and it has performed splendidly every time. The nose is deep, ethereal and beautiful with notes of rose petals, ripe blood oranges, mineral, sea buckthorn and wild strawberries. A true deligth.
The taste is young, intense and wonderful with notes of red currants, blood oranges, dried strawberries and a lovely salty touch. A long. long finish with a fine acidity. A truly fine wine now, and the coming 10+ years.
95p (tasted 2016/07)
NV Special Cuvée, Bollinger
This almost always shows its class with a deep, forceful yet refined nose with notes of raspberries, smoke and a touch of wood. I like it.
The taste is a fine balance between power and finesse with notes of red apples, smoke and red liquorice. There is a fine acidity piercing through the finish. This will get even better with cellaring.
NV Rosé, Bollinger
Aaah, this is a stunner! The nose explodes from the glass with notes of ripening strawberries, moist earth, gravel and a touch of smoke. Very complex and lively. Gorgeous!
The taste is young, tight and compelx with notes of cinnamon dusted strawberries, red liquorice, warm gravel and smoke. Long and fascinating, Really fine.
92p (tasted 2016/06)
2005 La Grande Année, Bollinger
The 05 La Grande Année is a big wine! Maybe a tad so. There is no denying its qualities, with a deep, broad nose with notes of ripe blood grape, smoke, banana peel and candle grease. It may lack some in the elegance compartment. Very, very good though.
The taste is big, broad and forceful with notes of ripe yellow fruit, chrushed rocks, undergrowth and smoke. The end is rather heavy but it holds everything in place, I guess that this need a couple of years in the cellar to come together.
90p (tasted 2016/06)
2005 La Grande Année Rosé, Bollinger
As with the NV, the Rosé is the superior wine, The nose is deep and refined, with notes of wild strawberries, cool red cherries, freshly washed clothes and some sandy scents. Deep, restrained and gorgeous.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of ripe lingonberries, wild strawberries, cigarette smoke and blood orange jam. It is long, complex and soooo yummy!
93p (tasted 2016/06)
2002 R.D., Bollinger
The 2002 R.D. is a work of art. The nose is a melange of notes, consisting of raspberry liquorice, earth, butter cookies, wood smoke, sweet rosemary and gravel. It is a lightness to its heavyness. Just great.
The taste is big, concentrated and really focused with notes of sweet red berries, grape fruit, red liquorice, warm gravel and smoke. Long abd fascinating. This is great now, will be great in 5 years time and surely in 15 years time.
95p (tasted 2016/06)
2002 Brut, Paul Bara
A fine, open, creamy nose with lots of red apples and additional notes of cake dough, mushrooms and a hint of cinnamon. Deep and complex. It got a fine roundness to it. A hint of maturity.
The taste is younger than the nose with notes of a dry Tarte Tatin, undergrowth, dried flowers and smoke. A long, lingering finish. Very, very good.
NV L´Accomplie, Savart
This 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay blend shows of a fresh, pure nose with notes of white peaches, ripening red apples and gravel. Cool and fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of red grapefruit, warm grass, dark fudge and crushed flint. still very young, needs time.
88p (tasted 2016/06)
2008 Brut, Palmer & Co
Another really fine 08, with a young, creamy nose, with notes of ginger, crushed rocks, sandel wood and dried up lemon curd. Very, very fine. Still very young of course.
The taste is young, tight and mineraly with notes of lemon cream, pickled ginger, gravel and dried flowers. A fine, steely acidity. In 4-6 years this should be great.
91p (tasted 2016/06)