48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arriveContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne deContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediatelyContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Tasted Perrier-Jouët, Belle-Époque, 2006 Champagne and I have long been friends, and when I say Champagne I do use the word loosely whilst reflecting on all I have learned in my wine studies. I love a good glass of bubbles and in my world every day is an occasion to celebrate with bubbles! As IContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët”

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tastingContinue reading “An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006”

The English Invented Champagne? C’est pas possible!

Wine Tasted Gaston Chiquet, Cuveé Tradition, Brut – Premier Cru, Champagne, Non Vintage In preparing for a recent Champagne tasting with friends, I undertook some background reading and came across a piece by Tom Stevenson in The Southeby’s Wine Encyclopedia about who invented Champagne. Being familiar with the delightful story of how Dom Pérignon discoveredContinue reading “The English Invented Champagne? C’est pas possible!”