Saturday, January 31, 2009

2006 Jérôme Prévost, "La Closerie les Beguines" Champagne, France

(Glass; Zalto)

This Champagne was spontaneously opened on a Tuesday as we suddenly had something to celebrate. I had bought some homemade cannelloni, squash/ham tarts, pecorino and the most awesome culatello ham - all provided from Copenhagen’s one and only Fabio & Mie; I immediately thought of Jerome Prevost and his 100% Pinot Meunier based wine, as I needed something with some sort of edge to match these Italian delicatessens. The 2006 vintage is a BIG step up in quality, compared to the 2005. The nose is a mixture of delicious honey infected dried fruits, flowers and this constant presence of mild spices - giving warmth and personality. This spicy note is constantly evolving and when you reach the to the last two glasses it has almost transformed into a sweet English liquorice note - simply gorgeous. When I first tasted it, I was a little bit disappointed, as the spicy note dominated a bit too much on the last drops. HOWEVER, and here comes the interesting part - when eating this lovely food that spice note is everything. When knowing this, and returning to the next sniff and sip, your senses/brain has adjusted and suddenly this Champagne has not only a great personality, but also great balance – and of course the simply gift of being a great food matching friend. I know some have reservations towards the Pinot Meunier grape, as it tends to be somewhat clumsy/baroque - but do try “La Closerie les Beguines” and I’ll bet it will have you thinking. Great stuff.


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