On 3rd September 2018, Amstel Intercontinental Hotel, located in Amsterdam, hosted a captivating Champagne tasting where we had the pleasure to give some delight to our palates and be focused on what consumers would love to drink.
Nowadays, there is very a lot going on in Champagne which may only be a single wine type but the current variation is enormous. We could probably give an idea telling you that there were thirty-three stands and for each stand and brand you could find an average of 3-4 varieties of Champagne. These diversities are the result of a deeper attention to and knowledge of terroir and the entire producing process, from the first fermentation to bottling.
It was not possible to describe every delicious taste we had so we decided to dwell on three different brands that are definitely worth a mention, listed below following a price scale (from lowest to highest).
1- A surprising discover was the Champagne L&S Cheurlin, Tradition Lucie Cheurlin Brut, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. A pleasing nose that conjures up the subtlety of white blossom, with the Chardonnay lending its elegance. Notes of butter and brioche bread denote good maturity. On the palate, there is a good balance between the intensity of the Pinot and the finesse of the Chardonnay. Great as an aperitif. An elegant, fruity, light and fresh champagne, balanced and gourmet at a reasonable price.
2- A distinctive feature that fascinates us: The Veuve Fourny & Fils Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Brut Nature contains no added dosage. The term “ Brut Nature” is used to denote the very driest style of Champagne with less than three grams of residual sugar per liter of wine. Made only from hand-picked Chardonnay grapes from the region of Vertus, The Blanc de Blancs is a harmonious wine, with citrus notes, fine, fruity and balanced in the mouth. It bursts with intensity and freshness.
3- The Brut Vintage 2009 from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Produced only in limited quantities the Brut Vintage 2009 has been aged for 8 years in our cellars before being disgorged and released onto the market. Even considering its aging time, its colour is a luminous and brilliant yellow, at the first nose, we discover an elegant champagne that evolves on notes of white fruits, apricots, white nectarine and brioche fruit.In the mouth, Vintage 2009 has a fresh attack, and quickly reveals its complex and rich aromas, including dried fruit flavors. The finish is bright, long and persistent. A great vintage Champagne to get stuck into early, it slips down very easily so no need to wait. We only reconfirmed the refined character of this Champagne.
It is still hard for us to decant a winner but we can promise we will provide you with one of the best Champagne experiences you could ever have.
Thank you Perswijn to have given us the chance to taste these great Champagnes.