San Francisco, CA
Tasted Monday, September 26, 2011 by BrandrB with 605 views
Another fantastic Champagne tasting hosted by the Institute of Masters of Wine!
This was my third consecutive year attending the annual MW Champagne Tasting – which has now become my favorite wine tasting event of the year. More than 75 Champagnes were available for tasting, divided into five groupings (Blanc de Blancs, non-vintage, vintage, rosé, and demi-sec). In total, I was able to taste more than 50 Champagnes. In general, the quality of wines available was phenomenal – especially among the vintage Champagnes offered, almost all of which were of outstanding quality.
My wines of the night were the 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires (95pts), 2002 Moët & Chandon Don Pérignon (94pts) and 2002 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvée (94pts). The evening’s best values included the 2000 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé, 1998 Henriot Brut Millésimé, and the non-vintage Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut.
Many thanks again to everyone who volunteered their time to host this event, and to the generous distributors and importers who helped provide many of these fantastic Champagnes.
favorite: 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires
best value: 2006 Pierre Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs Gastronome
favorite/best value: N.V. Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut
favorite: 2002 Pol Roger Brut Rosé
best value: N.V. Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé
favorite: 2002 Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon
best value: 2000 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé
favorite/best value: N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Sublime