The Vineyard’s Successful 7th Annual Champagne Bash

This past Thursday evening I attended  The Vineyard’s  “7th Annual Champagne Bash”   It’s a terrific event held at the beginning of  the holiday season which offers  customers the opportunity to taste a wide selection of stellar Champagnes.   This year’s selections included Champagnes from top notch lesser known artisanal growers  as well as luxury cuvées from Champagne’s finest houses.   There were some 23 Champagnes in the tasting, all enjoyable and available for sale.    My favorites included the following:

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV ($80)  Ruinart is one of the finest Champagne houses in the world and this 100% Chardonnay offers amazing richness and complexity, not often found in a Blanc de Blanc NV.  It combines a floral nose with citrus, tone fruit and toastiness with lingering fruitiness on the finish.  Importer: Moët Hennessy, New York NY

ruinart2Ruinart Rose NV ($90)  The Ruinart Rosé  NV is a bright and a vibrant-tasting Champagne which is delicate yet rich in dried spicy red and stone fruit flavors.   This is not wedding cake Champagne, but a refined sophisticated bottling that is an ideal accompaniment to roast pork, venison and other main courses.  Importer: Moët Hennessy, New York NY

Fleury Champagne NV ($70A blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, the Fleury Champagne is rich and complex on the attack with a hint of sweetness on the mid-palate..  It is full-bodied yet elegant and refined offering flavors of delicate red berries and a crisp finish.  Importer:  Elite Wines, Lorton, VA

Lancelot Pienne Table Ronde NV ($56)  This is another complex Blanc de Blanc sourced from three different Grand Cru villages in the Cotes de Blanc.  It offers a vibrant and yeasty nose with levels of citrus fruit flavor suggesting a blend of reserve wines from multiple vintages.  Importer: Simon N. Cellars Charlottesville, VA

Lancelot Pienne Cuvee Marie Lancelot ($100)  A bright and lemony 100% chardonnay, both crisp and yeasty with a creamy mouth feel.  High toned with a rich mousse, mouth filling with considerable fruitiness.   A gorgeous wine.   Importer:  Simon N. Cellars Charlottesville, VA

Vintage Krug 2000 ($280)   A stunning Champagne combining lemon peel, notes of guava, and yeasty brioche.    Elegance and refined flavors are what you get in Vintage Krug with exacting balance and mouth  filling richness.   It is a wine for the ages and one that deserves cellaring until it is at its peak in 10 to 15 years.  Importer: Moët Hennessy, New York NY

Fourny Cuvée du Clos Faubourg 2005  Notre- Dame ($170)  This is a very complex 100% Chardonnay sourced from 60-year old vines .  It spends 7 months on thBat-ClosNotreDamee lees and offers a rich palate of  minerals and honey with yeasty notes.  Only three grams per litre dosage making it quite dry yet richly flavored.  Importer: Simon N Cellars, Charlottesville, VA

 Fourny 2008 Premier Cru Brut Champagne ($73)   A lively bright vintage Champagne of 100% Chardonnay with fresh and vibrant lemon citrus flavors  on  a delicate and refined palate.  Quite youthful and lively with a good ten year life span.  Importer: Simon N Cellars, Charlottesville, VA

Laherte Les 7 ($99)  This Champagne is an unusual blend of Laherte Les 7seven grape varieties including reserve wines of:   Fromentau, Arbanne, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier and Petit Mesliers.   It is crisp and dry on the palate and beautifully balanced with mouth filling  orchard fruit and red berry flavors  from the Laherte Frères estate.    Importer:  Williams Corner Wine Charlottesville, VA

Nathalie Falmet NV Brut Nature ($67)   Pale straw. Very Crisp and dry with a rich mousse of light cherry and brioche on the palate.  Creamy and mouth filling with layers  of  flavor and persistence on the finish.  A very attractive Brut Nature.  Importer: Calder Selections

Learn more about Champagne:   International Wine Review Report   # 34 Champagne Revisited (40pp)  and  Report # 40 Consumers Guide to Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine (22pp).

Mike Potashnik, Publisher                                                                                                                                                     December 12, 2014

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