100% Pinot Blanc
Dosage: 0 g/l
Production: 800-1.000 bottles
Time on it's lees: 38 months
Other data: 40-year old vines - 0,2107 ha
Previously, when trying to describe the Champagnes from Cédric Bouchard, I have been mumbling more about a feeling than picking a note here and there. Basically the equation is not that complicated, its Champagnes of highly unique character, which are impossible to place in any category. Even if this might sound a bit pretentious – that’s the only way I can describe his wines – besides they taste horrible good.
So - with a debut release of a100% Pinot Blanc Champagne in front of me, I already know I will be dancing with aliens shortly – I am ready, “beam me up Scotty”.
Mama Mia – I am in love. This is like nothing else, completely unique –dazzling, intriguing, silky and amazing energetic. But there is a difference to what I have described above, because this is filled with aromas so there are tons of notes to pick, even if they are not something you come across everyday. Here is what I have written on my paper: All kinds of spices, candied citrus fruits, lime, ripe fruit, melon, fennel, ginger, flowers, corn and a massive mineral / slate expression providing an enormous intensity. This slate note, made me think of the wines/Rieslings from Weingut Keller in Rheinhessen, Germany (G-Max, Morstein…etc) and if there are any Keller fans in the audience (I can think of a few), you will know exactly what I mean, if you taste this Champagne. But like all the wines from Cédric Bouchard, there are an incredible sleek feeling and all the notes I have written are so refined and breathtaking pure. The taste is a chapter of it’s own. The lower bar pressure (4.5 atmospheres vs normally 6), is adding to the feeling that it’s a more a wine than a Champagne, but who cares, when it taste as good as this. The mousse breaks with sleek diamond dust precision, then calms down and the second wave hits you, filled with a herd of never ending mineral and spicy expressions – it’s pure magic. What a Champagne – a masterpiece.
Glass: Spiegelau Adina “Red wine” and Zalto “White wine” – both did exceptional well.