Thursday, August 2, 2012

The B-sample

 (The colour of the ’09 has a dark amber colour – really spectacular.)

One of my friends insisted I tried the ’09 Les Ursules from Cédric Bouchard again. After having tried it several times he strongly disagreed with my “closed” analysis, when I  tasted it in May-2012. He also claimed it was the finest “Les Ursules” he had ever tasted…..hmmmmm

Well actually he didn’t have to insist that hard, as I had already planned to taste it again during my summer holiday – but I was for sure even more curious now.

2009 Cédric Bouchard "Les Ursules"

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Terroir: Argilo-calcaire
Vineyard: 0,9721ha located in Celles-sur-Ource
Age of vines: Planted in 1974
Production: 2.500 bottles
Dosage: 0 g/l
Disgorged: July-2011
Glass: Spiegelau Adina red wine “Water goblet”

The opening was like I had imagined - in the sense of Cédric’s sleek signature with insanely gorgeous currant perfumes and terrific sensorial sweetness. However it quickly became apparent, that I had a bottle in front of me, which was far more accessible than the bottle back in May. The Champagne unfolded quite a scenery with mind-blowing complexity and depth.

The drum of currant perfumes kept its constant heart beat, but rooted deeper into dark cherries, liquorice and tarragon. It even took one step further, taking you deeper into its terroir formations and revealing scents of seashells, which I have never seen before. The taste is very deep, bombastic in the sense of the tight wrapping of the flavours, but beautiful wrapped in the sleek structure and with long perfumed mouth coating finish. Magical.

Could it be better than the ’08? Very hard choice – I think I prefer the ’08, but the ’09 is more diabolic….maybe….I will test the side by side someday.

I have to thank Ine and Ries for this bottle – you are too kind. 


ilbe said...

Hey mate! A fan of your blog here, commenting for the first time. I'm a fan of grower Champagne as well and about to visit the region for the first time later this month.

Unfortunately it will be a quick visit since we are actually traveling from Mosel to Alsace and barely manage to fit a one night stay in the midst of our schedule.

Anyway, I have a question: do you have any tips for good stores in the area that offer the wines of producers such as Ledru, Vilmart, Cedric Bouchard and Agrapart?

Johan C said...

my gosh! that TN sounds magic and such will I now keep my hands of my single bottle of 09'Ursules?

Dan Samsøe said... should offer a good selection of growers champagne. It's in Epernay.

ilbe said...

Thanks Dan, I actually noticed that one on the Decanter travel guide.

It's just that there are lots of growers and I'm sure I haven't heard of most of them. For example I checked the website of another recommended store, C-Comme, but didn't see any of the names I am looking for. I'm sure that there are great ones among C-Commes wines, I'm just not familiar with most of the producers.

Thomas said...

Hi Ilbe,

Thank you.

Dan beat me to it. Besides Le520 - I would recommend Les Caves du Forum in Reims.

Best from,

ilbe said...

Thanks Thomas, although I noticed your comment just now after returning to Finland.

The 520 and its owner Pierre-Yves were great and I got some great bottles. I also found my way to Caves des Sacres right next to the Reims cathedral and did some shopping there. What a selection!