Saturday Snapshot – sneak peak at Billecart-Salmon brut blanc de blancs 2004

Apr 20, 13 Saturday Snapshot – sneak peak at Billecart-Salmon brut blanc de blancs 2004

Posted by in Champagne, Saturday Snapshot

Spring has finally sprung and this week I was in Champagne again to visit the house of Billecart-Salmon. While I was there, we were fortunate to be the first outside of the maison to taste the 2004 brut Blanc de blancs. It hasn’t been released yet as Billecart-Salmon is one of the last champagne houses to release their 2004. They felt that their 2004 was not quite ready until now. The grapes for the blanc de blancs all come from the grand cru vineyards Avize, Cramant, Mesnil and Chouilly. After the light and fluffy mousse dissipated it was followed by a very fresh, aromatic and creamy nose. Tiny, fine, silky bubbles streamed to the top, I can watch those tiny bubbles all day, they are so mesmerizing but I wasn’t distracted for too long and took a sip. A silky smooth mouthful, the bubbles really do caress your palate on the way down. Full of grapefruit and pomelo on the palate, it is very fresh but ready to be drunk now- an excellent, well balanced champagne.  However, it is a lively 2004 and definitely has a few more years left in it. It was also just so tasty, that is the best way for me to describe it, a real delight to drink. I wish we could have taken it to lunch with us but we had to leave it with its compatriots at the cellar door. I felt lucky to be tasting it before its release and I’d say that it was well worth the wait. The Billecart-Salmon 2004 brut blanc de blancs will be available in June 2013. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Loving this cava – Reina Maria Cristina 2008 blanc de noir

Dec 28, 11 Loving this cava – Reina Maria Cristina 2008 blanc de noir

Posted by in Spain, Sparkling Wine

I usually stick to champagne but I did have this fabulous cava on Christmas Day. Codorniu is probably better known for it’s everyday cavas but the Reina Maria Cristina 2008 blanc de noirs cuvee is a contender for best sparkling wine (non-champagne) of the year in my book. The Reina is named after a queen (reina means queen in Spanish) and is worthy of such a moniker. Spain’s first 100% blanc de noir and produced in the traditional method, the 2008 vintage is Codorniu’s premium cava. The grapes used in the blend all come from family owned vineyards and the wine is aged 18-24 months before being released onto the market. A deliciously elegant wine, tiny bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the glass and into my mouth. Soft and silky  (if it’s possible to say that about bubbles) swooshing past my tongue on the way down. A decadent cava if ever there was one, full of subtle red fruit and floral aromas on the nose with a crisp finish. The Maria Cristina is probably one of the best cavas I’ve had in a long time. It also helps that the cava is packaged in a very distinctive, sexy bottle. It’s very pleasing to my aesthetic sense with it’s squarish bottom half tapering up to a heavy rim. I’d be very happy to drink this on New Year’s Eve and at £14.99 you could have it more often than once a year. Much more often! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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