Verget Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru, 2018
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
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
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.
Thierry Fournier Les Coteaux de Neuivlle
8 Dec 2019
I was told by the winemaker that this was with a grape varietal of 100% Pinot Meunier, and majority of the base blend came from 2009 grapes. Not only the unique blend, I was told they only produced 100 bottles of such gem a year! I certainly did not feel the dominating Meunier grape varietal, more like a blend of Chardonnay and Meunier to me. It was super soft and extraordinarily gentle, and definitely the most unique champagne style I’ve ever come across after drinking so many champagnes over the year! The mousse was great, bubbles tasted like a melted Beluga caviar upon touching the palette, not only that, the taste lingered around for a great length, even after a few minutes later I can still have the aftertaste of the dissolved fruits! Just a tinge of lemon peel, but doesn’t affect the overall quality.
Fournier Thierry, Cuvee Special, NV
6 Dec 2019
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. This blend has some lemon skins on the bouquet, as well as slight bitterness on the palette, although the content was much more superb than supermarket acquired champagnes. The mousse on the palette was very attractive, with a soft and creamy bubbles caressing the palette before dissipating away quickly.
Fournier Thierry, Brut Reserve, NV
5 Dec 2019
A grower champagne from Festigny (a region in Champagne) with a blend of 80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir and Chardonnay each. The primary based blend was 2013 and aged in lees for 4 years. I must confess this was a very well made bubbles and I do enjoy the content very much. Incidentally the wine maker was here a couple of weeks ago and I was honored to have met him personally. A sip and I believe you would have agreed with me there are so much to explore for grower champagnes; it had a slight age taste, but mainly it was the intensity of the fruits that really overwhelm the palette. Very creamy and great bubbles that has the content melted on the tongue almost instantly. Very enjoyable, and great price too!
Lafleur, Pomerol 1999
1 Dec 2019
I have very fond memories of a lot of Pomerol 1999. I vividly remembered on a Pomerol tasting, there were great Pomerol wines served, e.g. Lafleur 85, 96 and even a Petrus 94, but the one who stood tall and achieved Wine of the Night was Trotanoy 99! So when I was given the opportunity to drink this Lafleur 99, I reached the counter in no time to get a glass. I can swear by it that it was a truly unique experience! The content was mostly on the extreme scale of roundedness and forwardness. The most astonishing factor was that it was perhaps the “most easy” to drink wine! The easiness created a “melt in your mouth” type of feeling, even easier than ice melting in your mouth, as it simply melted the moment it touched my palette. It’s truly a unique experience, I never had such an encounter with Bordeaux wines before after drinking thousands of bottles of Bordeaux wine!