The other day I felt privileged to open, taste and serve these 2 bottles from producers that I consider "Classic" in my book.
"Classic" may mean a lot of different things, yet, for most people, it means "to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind." Especially when proven many times over and over a certain period of time.
And, in my opinion, these 2 producers are "classics" in their respective regions.
Louis Roederer's "Cristal" is a timeless Champagne that has defied time and history, and requires no introduction as its reputation is second to none.
This Cristal 2002 was delightful, charming, grand, and noble. Beyond its still youthful pale golden color, it boasted fresh and enticing aromas of toasted brioche and yellow fruits with floral and mineral nuances, in a very elegant manner. The palate is rich and creamy, smooth and graceful, generous and sensual, and endowed with a very nice acidity allowing this champagne to remain young, fresh, and refreshing on the palate. Blindfolded, I'm sure many would give him much less than his current age of 20 years old. Stunning!!!
And, Claude Dugat does not need any introduction either, being one of the few "cult" producers of Gevrey-Chambertin, as well as being the cousin of Bernard Dugat, the owner of the Famous Domaine Dugat-py.
It is almost a sacrilege to open a bottle of 2018 vintage when you know that Claude's wines can last for decades. Yet, nowadays, everything goes fast, people cannot wait and people don't have patience either, everything has to be now.
Fortunately, this 2018 Claude Dugat Chapelle-Chambertin showed fantastically well and was even quite impressive to my palate.
You know the type of wine that when you drink a sip of it you immediately feel a sense of pleasurable satisfaction and the only thing you want is to pour yourself a full glass, knowing already that one bottle won't be enough. Well, that was it!
Definitely one of my favorite Chapelle Chambertin!!!
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