Saturday 15 July 2023

Six Bottles Of Bubbly

Last tasting of the season in our tasting group and according to tradition we finish with Champagne. H arranged a interesting tasting with bottles from small producers from the great 2008 vintage. 
Tasted double blind.

2008 Prestige, Serge Pierlot
A elegant, fine nose with notes of dry caramel, white flowers and lemon cream. A fine salty note.
The taste is cool and creamy with notes of lemon zest, mieral and dry fudge. A fine acidity. Still young.
91p   (tasted 2023/06)

2008 Brut, Jean-Yves de Carlini
A tight, steely nose with notes of of yellow plums, smoke and chrushed rocks. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of iron, elder berries and dried plums. A medium long finish. Needs time, 4+ years.
88p   (tasted 2023/06)

2008 Paradis, A. Boatas
This Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. The nose is pure and elegant with notes of lemon cream, birch leafs, butter fudge and sweet minerals.
The taste is cool and focused with notes of white flowers, grilled lemons and lots of chalk. A very fine acidity. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/06)

2008 Cuvée Prestige, Gaudrillet
70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. A deep, smoky nose with notes of red apples, elder berries and dark minerals. It changes in the glass, from time to time it appears a tad shallow.
The taste is young and nicely balanced with a fine acidity and nice fruit. A bit short on the finish. 
86p   (tasted 2023/06)

2008 Blanc de Blanc, Benoit Munier
This zero dosage Champagne is a stunner. A deep, complex nose with notes of dry caramel, sun warm grass, cold coffee and tiles. Very interesting. Lots of ripe red currants.
The taste shows a hint of maturity alongside a fine acidity and boatloads of ripe yellow fruit. Very, very long. Lovely. Blanc de Blancs.
94p   (tasted 2023/06)

2008 Clos des Bergeronneau VV, Florent Bergeronneau
All Pinot Meunier. The nose is broad and deep with notes of autumn apples, almond paste, kumin and sun warm rocks. Some maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is high and a bit rough around the edges with notes of ripe red fruits, gravel, almonds and autumn leafs. Long and fine. 
90p   (tasted 2023/06)

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