Tasting table

06 April, 2007

A fizzy foursome from the annual Champagne tasting

Jacquart Mosaque Extra Brut NV

Supplier: PLB

A newly-released Champagne, with a mere 5g of sugar per litre. I was expecting a shock on the palate, but found an elegant, clean, citrus-infused wine that would be perfect with most savoury foods. RE

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des

Millenaires 1995

Supplier: Maxxium UK

Aged 10 years on the lees, this fine-bubbled, dry fizz has notes of toast and peach on the nose and plenty of tropical fruit on the palate with a decent length. Piper-Heidsieck is making around 50,000 cases available.RE

Mot & Chandon Grand Vintage 2000

Supplier: Mot Hennessy

Mot's newest addition is well-balanced with hints of nut and citrus on the nose, and tropical fruit on the palate courtesy of dominate grape variety Chardonnay. Fdine spritz is a counterpoint to the creamy mouthfeel. Mot has also released a strawberry and spice-packed ros 2000. RE

Lanson Gold Label 1997

Supplier: Lanson International

Tropical fruit and citrus dominate the nose and palate. Well balanced with a clean finish. RE

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