2002 Dom Perignon
I am starting my series of Champagne reviews with Dom, because simply put Dom DOMinates. This 2002 vintage is very heralded and is comprised of even split between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Pale to medium lemon in color with a nose that starts with nuts and toast, hints of light petrol which then distinctly goes to gun flint. I should be careful with these tasting notes because something may blow up. Elegant stone fruit and citrus on the palate with an underlying mineral streak. Delicate lingering mousse with a medium plus acidity. These bubbles remind me of Charlize Theron. A beautiful lady that still can still show here racy side. Like Charlize, these bubbles will age gracefully.
David L’Eclapart L’Amateur
An amateur, is a word derived from the French word amateur “lover of”, is generally considered a person who pursues a particular activity independently from renumeration. This champagne entitled L’ Amateur is solely from Chardonnay hailing from the rolling hills of the Premier Cru village Trépail. This is a real Blanc de Blanc with no added dosage. The French have an analogy for this level of purity, they say these champagnes are like a woman without any form of make up, it all about the natural beauty. I suggest these bubbles just could be like Jessica Biel. This Lover of is unrecompensed and unencumbered. It is a bare and transparent champagne that solely reflects the varietal and the chalky soils. I can only imagine if this is the introductory offering by David L’ Eclapart, what the rest of his selections has for us.QuickNotes:Pale lemon hue with a core of acidity combined with bracing crisp citrus and green apple fruit with subtle pleasing hints of oxidation.
J Lassalle’s Preference is a very balanced and full-bodied NV champagne. It is one of their Premier Cru offering that is Pinot Meunier dominate. There is a pleasing roundness to this wine that only can come from a PN/PM based champagnes. Pale lemon in color, lovely chalky vibe, good tension and yellow apples interplay going on here. Touch of tannins from the PN/PM make there presence felt on the tongue. If this champagne was a lady, this would be Scarlett Johansson.
Philippe Gonet Grand Reserve Champagne NV
My value play of my recent Champagne Tasting that goes toe to toe with the heavyweight names everybody knows at a fraction of the price. Retails stateside for 50-60 USD.
This Champagne is composed of 30% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier. The grapes are all from the Gonet family’s estate, spread from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the valley of the Marne. Pale lemon hue, marzipan nose with lemon cake and toast. Red delicious apple for fruit with spot on acidity that counters the sweetness of the apples. The mousse starts forceful then gently lingers without wanting to leaving you palate. Lovely minerality to boot. This is wonderful caliber Champagne that just became my new best friend.
Selosse is a Grower Champagne that needs no introduction for wine lover, who have placed it in a cult status. Their Champagne are quite distinct in that they have an oxidative style.
The V.O. Version Originale is a Grand Cur Blanc de Blancs from three vintages as well as three villages; Avize, Oger and Cramant.
(Notes from April 2019)Light golden color. Burgundian, new oak, sherry-like oxidation, butter, yeast, croissant, round, tiniest bubbles, candied citrus, with a tangy acidity that big but never over the top. A tour de force Champagne!