The annual tasting of CIVC’s Champagne Bureau UK is a highlight in the calendar for us at Clos & Cru, and this year’s event did not disappoint.
Over 60 producers attended, and with each of them bringing three champagnes to show there was an abundance of styles to taste, including vintage champagnes going as far back as 2002.
All in all, an informative and inspiring morning, traveling via our tastebuds through the various terroirs and vintages. The 2008s, in particular, are showing great quality and concentration.
Here is a brief recap of our own, highly personal, Top Ten from the day, in no particular order.
NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
Rich, full, powerful, complex, long.
Jacquesson Cuvee 734 DT
Depth, concentration, complexity and minerality. Earthy. Shows maturity, but not too much.
Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008
Elegant floral peach on the nose.
On the palate, rhubarb crumble and elderflower. Very pleasant. Delicious.
AR Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chouilly 2008
Deep dark, complex nose, wow!
On the palate, powerful, complex, intense, serious. Great length of fruit and balance.
Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs 2008
Mineral, austere, long, so nutty.
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2008
Pure, mineral, so elegant, fruit driven, floral.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006
Salty, brioche, chutney, marmalade, lovely nose.
On the palate, fairly big, fruit-driven style, opulent, powerful.
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2006
Nose so expressive with red berries, violets, absolutely stunning.
Palate elegant, fruit-driven, delicate sensations of cherry yoghurt.
Champagne Ruinart – Dom Ruinart 2004
Elegant but with so much happening on the nose, nutty floral.
Complex, rich on the palate, but stylish at the same time and very vinous.
Paul Dethune Cuvee a l’Ancienne 2008
So complex on the nose, showing oak, rose, lychees. Some pepper, cayenne spice.
On the palate, amazing power and complexity, long. Like Selosse, even more elegant.
Well done to Francoise Peretti and all of her team at the Champagne Bureau UK for delivering a superbly organised and well attended tasting.