Dots and Bubbles with the Trait-d-union (Sydney, Australia): Disgorged 13/02/14 from solera with vintages starting from 2003. 2 g/l dosage. Orange peel, earth, peach, nuttiness and smoke - similar to the last time I tried this wine in 2012 but maybe a touch more complex! The palate has all those many layers of flavours but at the same time it is precise and has great finesse. Fantastic balance, texture and mouthfeel. A wine that feels complete. Spellbinding.
04/11 Disgorgement. Tiny fine bubbles, more petillant than sparkling. Very smooth mouthfeel and quite an oxidative profile. More interesting than delicious. Lots of complexity, with honey, nuts, orange rind, flor, which all whisper rather than shout.
Selosse by Roberto Petronio (Vila Viniteca - Madrid): More subtle with less oak here. On the nose boiled rice and some herbs notes, tangerines even but in a good mood. Opposite that cat pee smell. Crude and getting lighter thanks that intense acidity on the palate. An absurd style for Selosse?
Más sutil y con menos madera. Arroz hervido y algo vegetal incluso mandarinas pero sin molestar aunque aparecen notas de pis de gato. Crudo en boca y aligerado por una intensa acidez. ¿Un estilo absurdo dentro del conjunto?
Fete de Champagne Grand Tasting (Astor Center, NYC.): Disgorged 4-10-13. (Solera - the Lieu-dit from Mesnil). Light nose - hugely spicy, minerally, lemon, almonds, ox. More supple on the palate and velvety (then the previous 2 Selosse wines) with textural folds, spice, cream, brown, lemon. More ox shows on end. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.
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