(Deg. 15/1-2008; Glasses Spiegelau Adina and Zalto Champagne)
I had high expectations before I popped the cork on this Champagne. The 2004 Blanc d'Argile, which I tasted Dec-2008 - was the simple reason for my eager thirstiness to taste this; 2005. The opening of the Champagne is like coming home, and I am slowly beginning to see a pattern emerging, when I encounter a pure and fragile Blanc de Blanc like this. The 2005 is a bit more expressive and rounder, compared to the more linear 2004. In style I would always favor the profile of the 2004. However, all components are in place for the 2005, and with time it will gain the same finesse like the 2004. The super pure and vibrant nose holds a big field of flowers, anise, and dried banana. There is also a brilliant creaminess,which takes its shape of freshly grinded butter and it basically holds all of the components together and takes them to higher ground. Taste is still on the young side, but still immensely appetite, with remarkable Chablis character and acidity. Given the high acidity, it should age really well and it's for sure a great food matching friend. It's simply impossible to say anything bad about this Champagne.
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