An archetypal example of a wine that is extremely difficult to score, this was not complex, nor was it enigmatic, and it certainly wasn't brooding - it was just as fresh and vibrant and full of energy as the coming of spring. Delicious and life-affirming as only gamay can be. Real wine! Who wouldn't want to drink this?
Disgorged June 2011, and labelled 'Selection' in the UK rather than 'Carte Blanche', this unusual grower Champagne is made with a majority of Pinot Meunier in the blend (60%) giving it a rich, creamy texture with good freshness, ripe tropical fruit and an understated autolytic edge. I'm a little surprised to see that the dosage is a rather modest 8.8g/l since on the whole it tastes a little sweeter than that (closer to the sweetness of something like Roederer NV or Charles Heidseck NV) making it the perfect party Champagne for one or two glasses, but less useful if you want to pair a bottle with food. Sensual rather than cerebral, this is nonetheless very easy to like.
Solid and spicy, this is an old school style of Pomerol that eschews opulent merlot fruit in favour of something more savoury. Compared against a 2007 of this wine tasted recently, which was rather lighter on its feet, it would seem as though the oak regime has been toned down from the mid-90s as this had a dense, grainy, oak built structure around its blackberry and plum fruit. Although this clearly lacks finesse, if I had it in my cellar I would be quite happy to drink it up with something suitably stolid and English like beef wellington.