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1999 Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Millésimé

TASTING NOTE

We visited Alfred Gratien several years ago. The winemaker (Nicholas) is great fun, loves to make wine in a “gourmand” style and opened several bottles for our sipping pleasure.  Suffice it to say, we wobbled to our hotel, which was fortunately only a 15 minute stumble.

This is not the 1996 statuesque bubble, but certainly a spectacular wine with excellent balance of acidity, fruit and alcohol.  Fairly transparent green apple on the eye served properly in white Burgundy glasses.

Aromas of toasted almonds and yeasty vanilla cream.  Simply yummy and screaming “sip me, baby, sip me!”  Smooth, creamy vanilla on the palate and dry as a baby’s bum.  Lingering finish that almost convinced us to open another bottle!!! Awesomesauce!!

A winner!!! The song “I am hot for teacher” is playing as we sip…we missed a lot of education in champagne in our day, but not our homework is soo delightful that we are “hot” for this luvly!

Great QPR!

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 94 points)

1999 Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut MillésiméFrance, Champagne (11/12/2016)

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NV Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Tasting Note

The final bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular was no disappointment, albeit had to walk in large footsteps after the wine of the night!  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Powerful aromas of citrus and flowers with pleasant yeastiness.

Dramatic statement initially on the palate develops into a more elegant, yet slightly short, finish. A winner from A to Z and excellent QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

NV Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs BrutFrance, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Perle du Mesnil

Tasting Note

The third bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular and Wine of the Night (WOTN).  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Pale gold eye with a touch of green.  Luvly bubbles. Nose of both flowers and a blend of citrus fruit.  Great toasted almonds with dramatic freshness.

Lemon, lime and everything fine on the palate and a finish that never finishes. Excellent and very good QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 92 points)

NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Perle du Mesnil – France, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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NV Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut Precieuse

Tasting Note

The second bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular.  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Golden yellow.  Pearls dissipate but remain on the eye.

Vibrant nose of ripe, dry fruit with a touch of toasted almonds.

Honey and burnt caramel on the palate. Refreshing and fairly long finish. Good QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

NV Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut PrecieuseFrance, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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NV Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Fidèle

Tasting Note

The first bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular was dry as a baby’s bottom and Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Luvly, light purple on the eye.  Nose so perfectly Pinot Noir that we almost forgot it was champagne.

Wow!

Palate of vibrant, berry berries with a long, elegant finish. Just a very good wine! Good QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

NV Vouette et Sorbée Champagne FidèleFrance, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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2010 Château Eugenie Cahors Cuvée Reservee De l’Aieul

TASTING NOTE

Our artsy-fartsy friend went crazy with the dark purple ink attack on the eye. Fun!!!

Aromatic blend of blackberries and blueberries, some vanilla-cream and warmth.

Powerful dark fruits with firm structure and huge tannins.

Extraordinary QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 91 points)

2010 Château Eugenie Cahors Cuvée Reservee De l’AieulFrance, Southwest France, Cahors

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2014 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Private Reserve

TASTING NOTE

Very well-made, great balance of oak, acidity and touch of creamy vanilla.

Exceptional QPR.

Far from our favourite California Chardonnays, but a winner by any standard.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

2014 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Private ReserveUSA, California, Napa Valley

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