Rosé - Sparkling

N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Le Rosé

Champagne Blend

  • France
  • Champagne

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  • Arinbraghe wrote:

    January 1, 2015 - My contributions to the 'What did you drink on New Year's?' meme. Back label of the bottle indicated "Cuvee 2009" and that it was disgorged in December of 2012. This particular disgorgement is not setting the world on fire right now. There's an ocean of sweet fruit here, it's plush and almost over-generous; the main cognate flavor is strawberry and I don't think you could get a truer flavor profile from a strawberry smoothie. At the same time though, there's a mealy quality to the wine and an oxidative cast suggesting that some of the strawberries at the bottom are turning brown. The upshot is a distinct two-step in the mouth -- a rush of exuberant berry fruit on the attack followed by a midpalate where the touch of rot sets in, making it by turns moreish and yucky. I've long admired this producer's wines and a younger disgorgement would likely acquit itself far better. As an aside, this is why I consider listing disgorgement dates (or lot/"vintage" years, etc) to be crucial consumer info, and I'm loathe now to purchase a bottle of NV Champagne that lacks it.

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  • kuumies commented:

    1/2/15, 1:33 AM - Ouch, sounds like your bottle was only partly as fresh as mine. Perhaps variation due to different provenance? I bought my bottle - of the very same batch - in Reims four months ago which makes it probable that this indeed is the latest or one of the latest versions of the wine.

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