Pierre Péters Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

I recall listening to a really interesting Guildsomm podcast with Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters Champagne and it wasn’t obvious what he didn’t know about Champagne. It’s worth a listen. His wine here proved to be very good indeed and was tasted blind. In the glass, it has firm acidity, good length and a restrained, […]

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

I don’t normally post on non-vintage Champagnes, but the quality of this Charles Heidsieck wine was quite compelling.  Golden in colour, it has an overt and rather delicious aroma of biscuit and yeast.  The palate is dry, fresh, has racy acidity, together with definitive lemon and cedar notes.  This is a very attractive, special occasion […]

Leclerc Briant Brut Réserve Champagne NV

This is not a label I have previously seen, but it is of a very high quality.  It’s a red grape dominant Champagne, with 40% pinot noir, 40% pinot meunier and the balance chardonnay.  It has finely chiselled aromas of brioche, plenty of bread and bakery yeast.  The palate is dry with an austere and […]

Kreglinger Vintage Brut 2004

There was a time when I could relatively easily spot Tasmanian sparkling wines in amongst Champagnes in a blind tasting.  The give aways?  More primary fruit, lower acidity, less yeast and a honeyed character even in young releases.  No longer.  Tasmania is Australia’s premier sparkling wine region and comparisons with Champagne are comfortable in quality […]

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru Brut 2007

Champagne Mailly is from the Grand Cru village of Mailly-Champagne in the Montagne de Reims north of Epernay and a label I haven’t previously encountered.  The 2007 vintage tasted here presents very well, and is a blend of 75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay.  Aromatics of almond, yeast and toast.  The palate is dry with […]

Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 1996

Aged wine isn’t for everyone.  Many, perhaps most, won’t be better after two decades of cellaring.  This Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs, however, is simply delicious drinking at 20 years of age.  It has aromatics of lemon, toast and strawberry.  The palate is dry, the mousse delicate but persistent, the finish long and the acidity […]

Veuve Fourny tasting with De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley

I attended an excellent recent tasting at De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley of Veuve Fourny’s Champagne releases.  My plan to be blend agreeably into the background met something of an obstacle when I found myself seated on a table with high profile wine writer Tyson Stelzer, first rate winemaker Steve Webber, proprietor Leanne De […]

Champagne Brimoncourt new releases

There seems something just a little bit likeable and eccentric about the team behind Champagne Brimoncourt, a new Champagne house in an old region.  A scroll through their website confirms this.  The brand itself last appeared on a label in the 1950s, but Alexandre Cornot, born in Reims, acquired it in 2008 and after several […]

Louis Barthélémy Brut Améthyste Champagne NV

There are so many interesting Champagnes available these days beyond the big houses, and this Champagne from Louis Barthélémy in Epernay is one of them.  Their non-vintage Améthyste cuvée is a red grape dominant blend of 50% pinot noir and 30% pinot meunier, with 20% chardonnay making up the balance.  It is very classically profiled, […]