Archive for the 'Pinot Meunier' Category

2000 Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Vintage

04272009I’ve been a little slow on the posts lately – life gets in the way sometimes. What I do have is a schwack of notes from wines I’ve been tasting, so I’ll try to get those on the site over the next couple of weeks.

This bottle is one I opened this to quaff as an aperitif back in March on my birthday before heading out for dinner with Candace. These are some tasty bubbles, folks! It’s a blend of 39% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier that more than hints at the quality of its big brother, the Dom Perignon Rosé.

In the glass, it’s got a beautiful light pink colour, with a lot of those fine-Champagne bubbles going on. A sniff shows strawberry and ripe cherry fruit with a splash of lemon and melon on grass. Along with all those tiny bubbles (cue Don Ho), there’s a generous dash of ripe strawberry with a splash of lemon that leads to a long mineral-laced finish.

This was a really enjoyable bottle of bubbly. Give it a try if you can find it.

Found for $45 CDN marked down at a LDB store here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

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Duval-Leroy Brut Rosé Champagne de Saignée NV

01012009This was our wine to ring in the new year… and what a way to start 2009. The year has just started, so I’ll keep this short. Y’all know I love the bubbly and I was kinda’ craving the rosé side of the category, so this looked mighty tasty on the shelf.

I popped it open at the crack of the new year and wow… this stuff is good bubbly (thank God, because who wants their new year’s bottle to suck??). The nose gave up berry and lemon. A sip was all about the fresh berry juice (think light strawberry and then a bunch of ripe red raspberry) with a squirt of lemon and a long mineral-edged finish.

Was it something I’d drink again? Hell yeah. This is tasty stuff.

Happy new year!

~$80 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars

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