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Champagne blind tasting

Champagne blind tasting is always very interesting as the brands are very strong and can influence the perception!  We started with a flight of “Non Vintage Brut” where the Veuve Clicquot showed as best, probably helped by the 4 years cellaring that has softened the edges :-)… While the Moet showed very dissapointing, and the Roederer was quite young but with lot of potential… Moving to the Vintage Champagnes, the Moet 2000 showed great concentration and still alive after 17 years!!  Now the big boys, no surprise the Comte de Champagne from Taittinger were fabulous and best at 22 years of age… But the Dom Pérignon 1998 stole the show and showed even better than few years ago… Conclusion for me, don’t be afraid to cellar your good Champagne a few years if you have a good cellar!!

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut – NV
This bottle has been aged for 5 years in my cellar after purchasing… Very nice nose of brioche and apricot… taste of yellow apple, no hard edges, nice balance, very nice!! (91 points)

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial
Not very impressive, big bubbles, nose a bit closed… taste of yellow apple, hint of greenness in the finish… very disappointing! (85 points)

Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier – NV
Very nice nose of hazelnuts, toasted bread, yellow apple… taste of Grany Smith, nice balance, nice minerality. (90 points)

Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – NV
Light nose of hazelnuts, yellow apple… Grany Smith apple, nice acidity, very light greenness (89 points)

2000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial
Powerful nose of brioche, butter, yellow apple, hint of vanilla… Very woody, powerful, a bit too modern and heavy! (90 points)

Jean Milan Champagne Grand Cru Grande Reserve 1864 Blanc de Blancs – NV
Nose with a hint of vanilla, hint of smoke… taste of yellow apple, hint of vanilla, toasted bread, nice balance (92 points)

2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
Nose of white flowers, honey, hint of brioche, hint of smoke, hazelnut… taste of grilled hazelnut, granny smith, nice acidity (93 points)

1995 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
Nose of Mokka, biscuit, apricot, very brioche and butter… taste of delicious brioche and butter, very nice balance, very nice lenght !! (95 points)

1998 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon
Very nice nose of toasted bread, very elegant, hazelnuts, patisserie… taste of very nice roasted brioche, grilled almonds, hint of forest floor (96 points)

Restaurant – El Celler can Rocca

It is my second visit to this “#1 best restaurant of the world”… Not only the food is great, but they also have an amazing cellar and wine list… we took our fair share of the rare and exquisite wines 🙂

2011 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte
Light nose of citrus, mineral… Very delicate citrus, mineral finish, very feminine wine, not overpowering (90 points)

2010 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Tillets
Very mineral nose, buttery, yellow apple, hint of eucalyptus… Very concentrated, laser sharp acidity, grany smith apple, huge lenght of 30 sec!! (94 points)

2012 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Selma de Nin
Very nice nose of grilled hazelnuts, yellow apple, citrus, mineral… Wow grany Smith apple, white peach, grilled hazelnut, very fat and long aftertaste, nice mineral finish. (94 points)

2011 La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
Nose of cutted grass, white flowers, green pepers… Nice fatness, very concentrated, loads of glycerine, apple and citrus finish, very powerful, went very well with the maquereau! (92 points)

2014 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava El Ciruelo
Very pinot noir nose, light red cherries, sandalwood, very animal… very fresh red berries, light tannins, very Burgundian wine. (91 points)

2011 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja El Puntido
Beautiful and huge nose of ripe blackberries, nice integrated vanilla, exotic wood… Blackberries and strawberries, very elegant with 30 sec lenght, nice freshness very elegant!! (95 points)

2013 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Wow wow wow, I’m almost crying!! Huge saline nose, iodine, strawberries, oriental spices… Very very mineral, elegant, ripe red berries, very saline, very complex, very feminine and 45 seconds finish!! (100 points)

2015 Còsmic Vinyaters Carignan Essencia
Huge nose of almonds, marzipan, nuts, brown sugar… Huuuuge acidity, citrus, brown sugar, lenght of 60 seconds. Such a freshness, one of the discoveries of the year! (97 points)

Priorat Restaurant – Brots


2014 En Numeros Vermells Priorat Garnatxa Negra
Strong peper, red cherries, sandalwood… high acidity, lacking a bit of fruit, red berries, concentrated, searing tannins, lacking a bit of finesse. (91 points)

2014 En Numeros Vermells Priorat Carinyena
Salty black licorice nose, very concentrated, ripe black cherries… Nice freshness & acidity of old carignan, super silky tannins, nice freshness of 30 seconds. (95 points)

2012 Clos Figueras Priorat Clos Figueres
Very elegant nose of ripe strawberries, nice minerality, nice iodine…High acidity, ripe cherries, mineral finish, 20 sec. (94 points)

1975 Cellers de Scala Dei Priorat Cartoixa
Deep black colour, nose of Port, hint of Madeira, brown sugar, animal fur, good acidity and still present fruit, good lenght. But the tired nose is a little bit disturbing… (88 points)

Priorat visit: Ferrer Bobet

One of the newest and most modern domains… The vineyard is still a bit young, but lot of potential ahead!

2014 Ferrer Bobet Priorat
Vine age 8-12 years old (50% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet) Cold nose of dark cherries, hint of salinity… Loads of red berries, nice acidity, very silky tannins, very approcheable (90 points)

2014 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Vinyes Velles
(70% Carignan 30% Grenache) A little bit closed nose of black cherries, hint of saltiness…. Very silky tannins, red berries, nice acidity (92 points)

2013 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Seleccio Especial
Ripe nose of ripe cerise du Nord, red berries, hint of salinity… Very concentrated red berries, a bit thick fruit, good lenght, nice acidity (93 points)

Priorat visit: Terroir Al Limit


Dominik Huber is a visionary in winemaking, as he was one of the 1st one to push the limit and search for freshness and finesse in winemaking… and he is really pushing the limit!! J
2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Terra de Cuques
90% Pedro Jimenez 10% Muscat. Superb nose of White flowers, honey… very muscat, orange peel, chamomile tea, nice fatness balanced with acidity and mineral, yellow apple, honey finish (91 points)

2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Torroja Vi de Vila
Light nose of red berries, hint of salty licorice… Very very fresh, delicate tannins, red berries (90 points)

2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat L’Arbossar
100% Carignan, north exposition. Flower nose , red berries, spicy, rose petals… Very cold tannins, light and delicate, you can feel that the wine is north faced… others preferred than me. (89 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Dits del Terra
Powerful nose of strawberries, nice salinity, fresh red berries,… very fresh but still ripe cherries, totally ripe tannins, very nice balance. (92 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Pedra de Guix
Grenache blanc, Marselan, Pedro Jimenez. Nose of rose petal, exotic fruit, white peach… taste of white peach, apple, very discrete acidity, hints of mineral, very feminine, all in finesse (91 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Les Manyes
100% Grenache, hint of peper, rose petal, red berries… Super silky tannins, really really delicate… I’ve never tasted such feminine Grenache, this is the Leroy of Priorat!! (95 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Les Tosses
Nice nose of red ripe strawberries, nice freshness, sandalwood… Concentrated red berries, nice mineral, fresh, very delicate and feminine (94 points)

Priorat Restaurant: El Celler de L’Aspic

This is a Priorat restaurant with THE best winelist by far, also the chef and the food was nice… so great evening with friends J

2012 Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet
Very delicate nose, light citrus, hint of mineral… Laser sharp finesse, very very delicate, building up with time, loads of citrus, ananas, hint of mineral, very fresh, lime citrus. (93 points)

2008 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon
Ripe yellow apple nose, hint of citrus… Mineral, hint of candied apple, very fat, good length… But unfortunately this wine has a hint of premox… (89 points)

2004 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat La Creu Alta
Powerful candied black fruit, cassis, loads of iodine.. Loads of ripe tannins, very ripe black fruit, a bit heavy, lacking finesse (92 points)

2013 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Wow wow wow, poisoning nose of salty black licorice, loads of iodine, cerise griotte, a nose to die for!! The taste is absolutely delicious, taste of sappy ripe red strawberries, super salinity, length of 45 seconds, super fresh, you just want more!!! (99 points)

1997 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Pansal del Calas
Huge nose with notes of almonds, marzipan, brown sugar.. super delicious, sweet garnacha, nice acidity, brown sugar, long aftertaste (93 points)


Priorat visit: Clos Mogador

What an honor, to be hosted by René Barbier himself for the visit of Clos Mogador vineyard, where he showed how he goes even further than biodynamic by even avoiding copper that normally allowed in bio, how he doesn’t touch the soil to push the roots inside the licorella plates, and also a very nice explanation on the “memory of the water”… all this love and respect of the nature you can taste in his wines…

2015 Partida Bellvisos Garnatxa Blanca Priorat Vi de Vila Blanc Gratallops
100% Garnacha Peluda (Poilu sous la feuille)Nose of mushrooms, lychee, earthy… Yellow apple, mineral, citrus, nice acidity, red berries, very racy, very complex, nutty finish… very long aftertaste for a rosé! (90 points)

2014 Clos Mogador Priorat Nelin
Grenache blanc 80%, Macabeu 10%
Nose of hazelnuts, nuts, yellow apple, levure… Concentrated of yellow apples, hint of mineral, hint of citrus (91 points)

2013 Clos Mogador Priorat Manyetes
Powerful nose of red berries, hint of cherries jam, animal, sandalwood, …. Tannins very very refined and silky, sappy red berries, nice minerality, very long aftertaste. (93 points)

2014 Clos Mogador Priorat
50% Grenache. Nose of black fruit, cedar, ripe cassis, exotic wood… Cold tannins, cold black fruit, nice minerality and very fresh. A cold year as Rene Barbier describes. (94 points)

2012 Partida Bellvisos Priorat Gratallops
Exuberant nose of very ripe red cherries, iodine, exotic wood… Very feminine, light, red berries, delicate tannins. (92 points)

NV René Barbier Priorat Arrels del Priorat
Powerful nose of nuts, almonds, very sweet nose… Taste on the opposite is very dry and very nutty, not my style, but very well made (89 points)

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