(Disgorgement date 3 October 2007)
Out of the maybe 8 times I have tasted Contraste @ a tasting event or @ a Restaurant, this is the first time I taste it at home, almost alone (my wife had 3-4 glasses). I always look upon it as the perfect Champagne for a plate of cheese. So - on this Friday I served it with some freshly baked break and cheeses; pecorino, Comte and Langres. On top of that I had some Pata Negra, quince marmalade and candied walnuts to pimp up the yummy factor. The Champagne starts of as I know it - pretty oxidized style and very rich and masculine Champagne. The nose consists of walnuts, caramel, honey, seductive evening perfume, quince and also the smell of corn on a hot summer day. However - after glass 2 the oxidized style takes a step back, allowing more subtleness to shine through. It also takes on a sweeter component of the finest Polynesian vanilla and all combined this is serious complex stuff. The taste is really rich and rewarding with an utterly mouth coating wow-factor where firm acidity, mousse explosion and long pleasing taste comes together. This maybe be the finest bottle of Contraste I have ever tasted and I stand by my saying that every Champagne loving person should always have a Contraste lying in his or hers cellar. Stunning.
Glass: Adina Red wine