20% Pinot Noir
I haven’t touched this wine since Jan-2008, where I recommended 5 years of cellaring. But this is typical me – or maybe you suffer from the same curious fever, where you always end up drinking your wines too early, as you simply can’t keep your hands off?
Anyway, I was in for a surprise and a good one. From being a flowery and citrus shell back in early-2008, it has obtained a lot of oxidation signs and as always in the case of Couer de Cuvée some of this openness comes from delightful, appetizing and seductive oak perfumes. Hand in hand with notes of spice box, chocolate flavours and the sensual oak perfumes, it offers a spectacular mouth coating effect. Notes of honey, quince, vanilla and evening perfume is a part of the aromas escaping from the glass. On the palate it again has a lot of creaminess, but it’s fairly low in acidity. Where you can still fell the young side of this Champagne is the structure, which despite its creaminess offers dynamite concentration. You can discuss whether this Champagne is a bit too oak infected. You can also argue, whether the low acidity and the lack of mineral bite back is a minus. To some degree it’s problematic as the drinking experience can end up being a bit monotone, as barrel perfumes seldom holds enough complexity without an elegant partner – nor won’t the taste buds be “cleaned” properly by the lack of bright acidity. At least, that’s the standard answer – but I had the whole bottle to myself (home alone) and I was happy all the way. It’s one of these Champagnes where you simply just are in the mood of relaxing and this Champagne did it to perfection.
I believe the drinking window has started for this Champagne. The fruit and concentration is in solid condition and offers many layers. But, as the acidity is low and the oxidation has already occurred, I can’t see a reason why one shouldn’t just jump in now?
I tested it in 4 different glasses. The result was very different. This note is more or less based on Adina Red wine, which also takes the Champagne into a even more evolved stage, than in comparison with a glass like Zalto.