Tasting session (13/09/22) (part 1)
Yesterday, I was doing a tasting session of a few Champagnes and wines to be used for some dinners later on, with a group of people from different divisions of the company I work for.
It was a wine + food pairing tasting, and I had to make the wine selection for it. Trust me, even with my Sommelier/Wine Buyer skills and years of experience, it is still not that simple to select a lineup of wines that are good and versatile enough to go with various dishes on a least 3 different menus (+ vegetarian options) served over 5 consecutive nights to different people, more especially under a limited budget.
So, I made things simple for myself, by selecting wines from only one supplier that has a list that is versatile enough to cover my needs, and tried to make my selection based on producers, vintages, scores, and obviously prices, as I had to respect a certain budget.
Amongst other things, we tasted these 2 champagnes:
Jeaunaux Robin "Eclats de Meuliere" Champagne Brut Nature NV
Average Market Market Price HKD 350 (Euro 44 / USD 44)
A blend of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, this Artisan Vigneron champagne is a delight for your taste buds, light, easy-going, crisp, fresh, dry, and not pretending to be anything else than a clean, zesty, well-crafted champagne, perfect as an apéritif with some oysters and fishy bites and appetizers. Some of you might argue that it doesn't have enough body, weight, or complexity, yet, at this price, I think that this Champagne is a steal offering plenty of juice, balance, texture, and substance, in a subtle and elegant way. Very enjoyable.
Jacquesson "Cuvée 744" Champagne Extra Brut NV
Average Market Market Price HKD 485 (Euro 61 / USD 61)
Now, I'm a bit biased with Jacquesson as I love this Champagne house (to begin with) and Jacques is also the name of my son, get it? Yet, there is everything to love about Jacquesson. All of their Champagnes are meticulously crafted and renowned for their refined and sophisticated profiles. And the grapes are sourced exclusively from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, making their wines complex and richly textured with low dosages and pronounced minerality. And, the "Cuvée 744" is no exception, what a gorgeous champagne! Based on about 70% of the 2016 vintage, it shows a lot of richness, complexity, refinement, harmony, and length, texture, and structure, balanced by sharp acidity that adds both freshness and dimensions to this classy and stylish Champagne. Highly recommended. Love it.
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