Thierry Fournier Cuvee Speciale versus Brut Reserve

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Thierry Fournier Cuvee Speciale Versus Brut Reserve!

Both 9.25 stars
18 Apr 2020

Thierry Fournier Cuvee Speciale is a blend of 50% Meunier and 50% Chardonnay from Thierry Fournier, of which I was very eager to try after having the fantastic Brut Reserve. However, I must confess the Brut Reserve being much more attractive to me with the intensity of the fruits, however, it losses out to the Cuvee Speciale, as the latter is actually much more feminine than the more mascular Brut Reserve!

I would say the Brut Reserve is also a bit rugged, while the Cuvee Speciale added a touch of elegance and finesse.The content was definitely much more superb than supermarket acquired champagnes, and even those big names like Moet & Chandon or Veuve Cliquot. The mousse on the palette was very attractive, with a soft and creamy bubbles caressing the palette before dissipating away quickly.

Bok’s Preference:Thierry Fournier Cuvee Speciale!

Fournier Thierry Cuvee Special NV

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Fournier Thierry, Cuvee Special, NV

9.25 stars
18 Apr 2020

This was a blend of 50% Meunier and 50% Chardonnay from Thierry Fournier, of which I was very eager to try after having the fantastic Brut Reserve. However, I must confess the Brut Reserve being much more attractive to me with the intensity of the fruits, however, it losses out to the Cuvee Speciale, as the latter is actually much more feminine than the more mascular Brut Reserve, and I would say the Brut Reserve is also a bit rugged, while the Cuvee Speciale added a touch of elegance and finesse.

The content was definitely much more superb than supermarket acquired champagnes, and even those big names like Moet & Chandon or Veuve Cliquot. The mousse on the palette was very attractive, with a soft and creamy bubbles caressing the palette before dissipating away quickly.

Aegerter, Les Reversees 1er Cru, 2017

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Aegerter, Les Reversees 1er Cru, 2017
9.0 stars
13 Dec 2019

For this kind of price range, I can almost guarantee you to taste sour grapes for most red burgundies. Paul Aegerter produces wines in a very different style, I believe Paul picked his grapes much later into the harvest season, thus producing a ripe and forward style wine, which is more appealing than most premiere cru out there. Ripe cherry with a big fruity style. Content was ripe and forward, good layers. With time in the decanter for about an hour, it opened up even more!

Verget Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru, 2018

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Verget Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru, 2018
9.0 stars
30 Dec 2019

This very unique style of Vaillons from Verget was very interesting, as I never had such a stylish wine from Guffens (the winemaker for Verget) before. This was totally different from the past vintages of Vaillons, I remembered 2016 and 2017 Vaillons were very focused on acidity, but this one was very opposite, the stress here was fruits. By no means this Vaillons was inferior in acidity, as even the bouquet was spelling acidity, just that the fruits was truly unique, the feeling was like munching on a white peach, simply melts in the mouth with juices oozing out. However, it did not compromise on the acidity which was abundant too. I guess the vintage 2018 was in play here.

Fournier Thierry, Blanc de Blanc, NV

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Fournier Thierry, Blanc de Blanc, NV
9.25 stars
17 Dec 2019

Blanc de Blanc means the champagne is totally made of 100% chardonnay grape varietal. I was told by the winemaker that the base of the grapes came from 2011, which was a good vintage in champagne, while the chardonnay from clay-limestone soils and 5 years aging in the lees. This grower champagne does it quite well although I hope it can improve further. Bouquet of light yeasty and floral fragrance. Content was with a huge load of mousse, although taste was very pleasant, and an overwhelming amount of air in the content, which quickly dissolved. The way to identify a blanc de blanc in a blind tasting was perhaps the lack of intense fruit flavor like Pinot Meunier based grapes, chardonnay is much lighter and milder in taste.

 

Fournier Thierry, Rose, NV

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Fournier Thierry, Rose, NV
9.25 stars
13 Dec 2019

A composition of 80% Meunier, 10% chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, majority of the base grape composition come from 2014 vintage. This champagne seemed to be fairly young and extremely fresh on the palette. It has a tinge of this fresh strawberries at the front tip of the tongue, and accompanied by mountain loads of mousse, akin to having some cream on top of a strawberry fruit. I always find rose champagnes not as attractive as Pinot Meunier champagnes, yet they’re generally more expensive, perhaps personal preference.

 

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