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New Years Eve Blind Champagne

Tasted December 31, 2011 by Rob MacKay with 312 views

Introduction

A simple, single blind tasting to compare the 2002 Dom to its much cheaper priced "Imperial" sibling with a couple of others tossed in the mix.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial France, Champagne
Light straw color with a great stream of tiny bubbles. Pear notes mixed with a touch of bread. On the palate, pear and green apple. Great balance.
White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
Light straw color with very small streams of very tiny bubbles. Nose mostly dominated by bread toast with just a touch of apple. Very nice balance on the palate with an almost creamy texture.
White - Sparkling
2007 Argyle Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard Julia Lee's Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Very light color. Not as bubbly as the others. Initially the nose is very subdued and eventually gives up some toast notes but never really develops much. Tart green apple flavors and the bubbles are much more pronounced on the palate compared to visually in the glass. Nicely balanced.
White - Sparkling
2008 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Sea Spray Blanc de Noirs USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
An almost honey color in the glass with plenty of bubbles. Nose shows a slight flinty note mixed with a touch of yeast and some citrus. Quite acidic and fruity on the palate and I even wrote down "slightly weird tasting" on my note sheet. This bottle is more of a novelty compared to the rest of the wines in the lineup. I can't understand why this is $80.

Closing

Personally, I was able to successfully identify all 4 wines blind. What surprised me the most was how similar the Imperial is compared to the much more expensive DP.

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