Nine bottle shots of Champagne

A Blast from the past.

I found this post in my drafts, a throw back to 2015.

I love Champagne, I could drink it every day. For me, there is something about the balance and the harmony that works, the bubbles, and the acidity. Freshness, richness, harmony, acidity, lively, finish, tension, racy, all keywords for me. It is less about flavor notes for me, more about mouthfeel, the bubbles, the balance. a

Nine bottle shots of Champagne
Nine of my favorite Champagnes from 2015

Nine Champagnes from 2015

Here are Nine Champagnes that stood out for me in 2015, this is by no means all that I had and enjoyed, just a few to get the conversation going.

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 – 38% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 29% Pinot Meunier

This was my Boxing Day Champagne, a day I cherish every year. After the crazy, busy, nuttiness of the Christmas season, Boxing Day is my day to relax, to read with a bottle of Champagne lounging in my pajamas. The Grand Vintage 2004, was racy lemon acidity, with a long honey-rich finish. it was very pleasing.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV – 40% pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20%Pinot Meunier

Long one of my favorite Non-Vintage Champagnes, it just keeps getting better. For me, it is a lovely wine with the right amount of oak to add texture, reserve wine to add round rich flavors, and a gorgeous chalk mineral finish. Fresh and delicious with ripe round orchard fruit, stone fruit, and tropical notes, with baking spices and maturity. Complex, structure, richness, and length, this is why Brut Premier works for me.

Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé Grand Cru – 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

This is truly a lovely Rosé Champagne, Grand Cru fruit from the village of Bouzy, hand-sorted grapes, PN is given two-day maceration with skin contact then the Chardonnay is added. Partially fermented on oak to which adds a wonderful richness, the Chardonnay adds the minerality and acidity. Fresh, vivacious citrus entry to the palate, with a round fruit strawberry, cherry, spice mid-palate, with a creamy finish that has a backbone of minerality. Loved this one.

Recommended to me by the good folks at DeVine Wine and Spirits

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Brut 1ER Cru Cuis Blanc de Blanc – 100% Chardonnay

This was consumed on an evening that was filled with tension, nervous energy, then relief and joy, drunk first to calm nerves than to celebrate. For me this wine will always be special, not just for the complexity and character of the wine but for the evening it was consumed. A great bottle can be so not just because of the wine, but also the experience and who it was consumed with, this for me is one of those examples.

Pure and seamless, fresh with citrus – lemon, grapefruit, and almond tart flavors, hints of chalk minerality. Complex, beautiful, lingering finish.

Recommended to me by the lovely Juanita at Colour de Vino.

Dom Pérignon 2004 – 52% Pinot Noir, 48% Chardonnay

Thanks to a very generous friend (wine friends are the best friends), who graciously shared this magnificent bottle of Champagne with us. Glorious, amazing, understated, purity, elegance, minerality, I can go on. The bouquet is wonderfully layered- mineral, citrus, floral, pear, peach, brioche, and almond paste, it opens and reveals, will only get better with age. Purity, intensity, and elegance in the mouth, citrus to start with mid-palate pear Tarte Tatin richness, lots of layers, and acidity to create tension and structure. A magnificent bottle that I am thankful to have been able to partake in. Thanks, Mark.

Drappier Gand Cru, Blanc de Blanc Millésimé 2005 – 100% Chardonnay

Porch wine, one of my favorite places to relax with wine after a long day or week. Zesty, mineral, pretty honey, floral nose with flavors of apple, citrus, and hints of brioche. Some minerality, medium weight, with a nice finish, easy drinking that is perfect in the sun.

Mandois Brut Zero – 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay

Mandois Brut Zero is a one of a growing number of Chamapganes that use Zero dosage, there is no sugar added to the wine after disgorgement (sugar is added to the dosage, a common practice to balance out the acidity in the wine). Bone dry, fresh, tones of acidity, minerality, pure. Tons of fruit, citrus, grapefruit, apple, with peach and nectarine. Crisp and refreshing, highly recommend having with food, as the acidity will leave you salivating.

Recommended to me by the good folks at DeVine Wine and Spirits

Pierre Paillard Bouzy Grand Cru Brut – 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Rapidly joining Roederer Brut Premier is one of my favorite NV Champagnes, I love the balance of complexity and crispness in this grower Champagne, it is gorgeous. An intense nose, that is fresh, fragrant and fruity, with toasty notes and chalk mineral. Bright, fruity dry wine, with mid-palate creaminess and a long mineral finish. Clean and delicious with flavors of lemon, pear, nectarine, toast, and almond croissants. Elegant and balanced, sure makes me happy.

Dosnon & Lepage Recolte Noir, Blanc de Noir NV – 100% Pinot Noir

Lively, fresh with strawberry, cherry, black fig, ginger and spice with that backbone of acidity that I love. Complex, intense, full-flavored. I suspect that this one is no longer available in Alberta, as it is not showing on the connect website. This is probably due to the partnership changing, from what I have read Lepage has left he house and the brand will just be Champagne Dosnon going forward. Keep an eye out for the arrival in our market with the new labeling.

To find these wines in Alberta

Yours in Wine,                                                                                                                 Sasha