Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut NV, France

60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Cabernet Franc. All steel, 24 months on lees minimum.

Notes as written blind from The Big Blind Bargain Bubble Tasting.

Pretty white florals with sweet pear. A slightly wooly, damp note – is this the Chenin? It does expand out on the palate nicely. The dosage is quite high in the mix. Simple but solid. 15.5

Coates and Seely Brut Reserve NV, 2014 Base

(Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier, 2014 base) is beautifully-composed on the nose, weaving together some developed notes of lightly caramelised apples with honeysuckle and all-butter biscuits. I’m not sure of the disgorgement date, but this lovely Pinot-led expression is not rushed or closed-down. The dosage is just 4 g/l, and this does bestow a certain strictness to the palate amongst the textural finesse.

15.5

Date Tasted : 17/09/2019

Coates and Seely La Perfide Rosé 2011

Very vegetal. Not pleasant. Possibly light struck.

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Date Tasted : 17/09/2019

/ 2011, Coates and Seely, Rosé, Uncategorized

Greyfriars Rosé Reserve 2014

The Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2014 (90% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier) is a real character and pick of the Vintage range; 1/3 of the base wine was fermented in oak, and those buttery, slightly vanilla-spiced pastries pop up here to throw an interesting light on some classic ripe strawberry fruit. The oak is quite present in this delicate style, but it does hold together with a fine mousse and a pleasing tartness. I would prefer less evident oak influence.

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Date Tasted : 13/11/2019

/ 2014, Greyfriars, Rosé, Uncategorized

Chapel Down Tenterden Rosé Brut NV

Tenterden Rosé Brut NV (100% Pinot Noir) is a reliable, classic English Pinot Noir rosé with sweet strawberry, redcurrant and pear fruit. Brisk, friendly and youthful.

15.5

Date Tasted : 17/09/2019

/ Chapel Down, NV, Rosé, Uncategorized

Letrari Brut Riserva 2013

Quite golden in profile with ripe candied yellow grapefruit and dried apple, and touch of darker blackberry fruit. Delicate white flowers and suggestion of some warmer orange fruit, too. Pleasing, moreish style with a rush of generosity to the ripe, sweet lemon+grapefruit fruit easing out into some gentle pith and fruit sweetness. An easy-going style, but with plenty of interest

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Date Tasted : 23/10/2019

/ 2013, Classic Blend, Letrari, Uncategorized

Philipponnat Royale Réserve Non-Dosé NV, 2015 Base

The Royale Réserve Non Dosé NV was 2015-based and showed the effects of a warmer vintage, making exact comparisons difficult. Philipponnat explained that he “expected it to age faster and have a more cooked flavour, but in fact the opposite has happened”. Despite the same disgorgement date as the dosed wine this carried a beautiful freshness of peaches in cream with fresh yellow grapefruit and a kind of bristling chalkiness. It closed out with lovely clear white butter and a gentle snap, like a song with an ‘ending’ rather than a fade-out. A good ending, though. The vintage might have been talking as much as anything, but I did find it more detailed than the dosed wine too.

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Date Tasted : 17/12/2019

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (magnum) 2007

50% fermented in 228l oak with no malolactic (unlike the partial MLF of the Royale Réserve) this bundled its way out the glass with an arresting succession of flavours. First you get hit with smoky dried meat, dried limes*and roasted cashews before ultra-ripe lemon and exotic fruits like breadfruit and mango start to emerge. It has this concentrated, saturated flavour profile that is mirrored on the palate with a tremendous length of dried citrus. 4.25g of dosage made it the highest in the lineup (apart from the dosed Royale Réserve Brut NV), in this case combining with the cooling effect of the magnum to help frame and contain a remarkably extroverted wine.

17.5

Date Tasted : 17/12/2019

Ulysse Collin Les Enfers NV, 2013 Base

Les Enfers NV (3.6 g/l dosage) comes from an East-facing plot and showed welcoming apricot pastries and buttery lemon tart, full of zest and richened with turmeric and sweet wood. Oak layer too prominent for me.

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Date Tasted : 17/12/2019

Krug Vintage 2004

In brief. The massive 2004 Vintage is just starting to uncurl and relax. Tremendous energy, perhaps entering an approachable stage

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Date Tasted : 07/06/2019

/ 2004, Classic Blend, Krug, Uncategorized