Quite pinot noir dominant, good autolysis yeast notes, excellent extension on the palate.
2011 Chouilly Grand Cru Chardonnay
Very delicate and refined nose, great acid balance, quite rich and full, very broad citrus.
2011 Mesnil-sur-Oger Chardonnay
Quite rich and developed, amazing watercress clementine, balanced and rich in depth, creamy malolactic influence, bright citric elegance.
2011 Pierry Chardonnay
Tight and fresh, more approachable, broader and softer, good fruit character.
2011 Sezanne Chardonnay
A significant contributor of acid in the assemblage.
2011 Montagne de Reims Pinot Noir
Dirtier earthy berries, fuller and more astringent, not a great component.
Taittinger chef de cave
For those following this blog, you may have noticed a large gap since my last post. The reason for this is that it is difficult to make appointments at wineries no matter where between Christmas and the third week of January. Even winemakers, marketers and owners of wineries need a break sometime. Thus I took the opportunity to spend time with friends in Brazil over Christmas and New Years, and then a week in Paris before heading to my first official region in Europe and the perfect aperitif; Champagne. This was my second visit to the home of sparkling wine, having ended a three-week journey to France here in 2010. It was a great feeling arriving into Reims on the TGV train early in the morning and seeing the sun rise on a wintery day. You truly appreciate the cold climate here when visiting in winter. I picked up my rental car early as I had my first appointment at 9: 00 am.
Amazing lunch at Taittinger