Monday, October 20, 2014


1998 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuveé Rare", Magnum

Rich, golden color. Woodsmoke, paprika, toasted nuts, cherries, spices, slight skunky/rubber tire notes.  A bold Champagne, with lots of body and a lingering finish.

Available from K & L Wines for a mere $399.00.

K&L Champagne Tasting Tent event, Oct 19 2014

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fluteau Blanc de Noirs Brut N.V.

Fluteau Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
100% Pinot Noir.

Pale gold with a very slight pinkish tinge.  Fine, not very agressive bubbles.

Peach, lavender, and Asian pear with just a bit of biscuit and toast. Nicely acidic.  12% A.B.V. Not a standout in any aspect, but fine as an aperitif or something to freshen up the palate before moving on to a more serious wine.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Beer & Bubbles!

Saw this in the Southwest in-flight Spirit magazine.
Sounds intriguing.

Reminded me of the saying 'I have Champagne taste, but Beer money.'

Monday, February 18, 2013

DeChanceny Cremant de Loire Brut Rose

Recently had the chance to taste this DeChanceny Cremant de Loire Brut Rose.

It was light with good yeast, a delicate rose-jelly blush on color.
Decent but not effusive bubbles.
Well-balanced acidity, hints if green apple.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cuvée Robert Fleury Champagne

Barrel-fermented, biodynamic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Crisp, with a dominant flavor of apples. Good body and acidity; medium bubbles.  Overall nice, but not really a standout.  The Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne, at a comparable price, is a more compelling choice from this producer.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Jacob's Creek Brut Cuvée

Via Eric:

Ah, the Aussies! They're a hardy lot, and they can turn out some decent Sparkling wines to boot! One of my favorites from the Land-Down-Under is Jacob's Creek, Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée. Very reasonably priced, and very enjoyable (~$15). It's balanced in all respects: Dry, but not overly so; Flavorful, but not too yeasty; Full of Bubble, but in a relatively refined way.