Blissful Weekend: Champagne and Barolo


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Blissful Weekend: Champagne and Barolo

vickib | Oct 12, 2008 07:36 PM

Finishing dinner, with a glass of Goisot 2006 Cotes D'Auxerre Corps de Garde, I'm moved to share the wonderful wine I've had this weekend.

Friday: I went to a Champagne class put together by my friend Bubbles4me:
1. NV Jean Milan Carte Blanche Blanc de Blancs - Classic Champagne: yeasty, doughy nose, Granny Smith apples on the palate with nice acidity and a round finish. But it was totally eclipsed by its flight partner, #2, the...
2. 2002 Agrapart & Fils Mineral Blanc de Blancs (!!!) - on the nose, it was dried apricots, with yeast, brioche, and marzipan. It was so rich and complex, it was almost dessert, only if I really thought about it, I blushed a little, and then,,,
3. 1999 Pierre Peters Millesime Blanc de Blancs (oh, my!) - The nose-- perfumed with resin, nutmeg, and spice. It was rich with glycerin. The mouthfeel was wonderful. The finish lasted forever. Hazelnuts? Pignolias? More of that resin that I couldn't quite place. I thought I was in love with the Agrapart, but now, what to do? And we're only on #3!
4. NV Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs - Herbal on the nose. On the flight with the Peters. It was applesauce and more nuts.
5. NV Jean MIlan Reserve - Classic Champagne nose, yeast, acid. Nice structure.
6. NV Agrapart & Fils Rosé - This had some earthy, barnyard character from the Pinot Noir. It had a frothy body. Almost like drinking mousse.
7. NV Charles de la Milaniere Rosé - Salmon in color. Took a while to open up. The nose was night blooming jasmine. This is a sexy wine. Quite delicious.
8. NV Camille Saves Rosé - Beautiful pink color. Floral on the nose. This is surprisingly ethereal for a rosé. Where the Charles de la Milaniere is sexy, this one is romantic. This was another one of my favorites. Right up there with the Agrapart and Peters above.
9. NV Vilmart Cuvee Rubis - Oaky. The kind of oak that reminds me of toasted marshmallows. Also strong cinnamon on the nose. The spiciness translated to the mouth, as well.
10. 1998 Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé- Elisabeth (I am speechless) I didn't write any notes on this one, so please forgive me. Suffice to say, I now completely understand what all the fuss is about. As soon as I finished the first sip, I knew I was taking this one home.

The hell with the recession, 401k's, and all that. I bought the vintage Pierre Peters (my partner/fiancé's birthday is next week), and for our wedding, on the 2nd of November, the Elisabeth. It was hard limiting it to 2 bottles. I also covet the Vintage Agrapart and the Camille Saves Rosé. I'm actually a little nervous about sharing these bottles with my soon to be spouse, even though she likes Champagne. Will she like these? Am I too excited by them? (Surely not)

Then, on the the Saturday afternoon tasting: Barolo. I'm not going into the same detail here, but as a group, they were beautiful. I am a sucker for perfume, and oooohh!! I could just walk around and sniff them for an inordinate amount of time. They were a pleasure to have with food. There was prosciutto, salumi, paté (the least successful pairing, IMHO), Fontina, Gorgonzola, Parmesano Reggiano, and a soft, orange rind cheese, which I didn't get the name of. Here's a list of what we had. Stars denote the ones I particularly liked:
1. 2004 Stefano Farina, Normale, La Morra
2. 2001 Giacomo Borgogno, Riserva Classico, Barolo ★
3.2003 Elio Altare, Normale, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto
4. 2003 Azelia, Bricco Fiasco, Castigliono Falletto ★ ★
5. 2003 Mauro Molino, Conca, La Morra ★
6. 2004 Fratelli Revello, Normale, La Morra
7. 2003 Domenico Clerico, Pajana, La Morra ★
8. 2003 Paolo Scavino, Bricco Ambrogio, Roddi
9. 2003 Paolo Scavino, Bric del Fiasc, Castiglione Falletto
10. (a Barbaresco) 2004 La Spinetta, Valeirano, Treiso ★ ★

What a weekend. I am incredibly happy.

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