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house champagnes @ les amis – singapore 30 juli 2014

In the last guide of ‘The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014′ at place 86 we find Les Amis in Singapore. TIMOTHY GOH Director Of Wines, serves the following house champagne:

2004 DOM PÉRIGNON ‘CUVÉE DOM PÉRIGNON’ | Epernay | Champagne | France | Dom Pérignon | 50PN 50CH | RJpoints 93(95) │ TASTING NOTE Yet another masterpiece signed Richard Geoffroy. Unmistakable Dom Pérignon style with unparalleled silkiness throughout the palate and mouth experience. The mousse is worthy of its own chapter and elegance is striking. Nice minerality and floral notes with citrus overtones. Slightly short now, but time will fill in the small gaps in the beginning of life. Traditional roasted and fairly close to the 1983 vintage when I impressed tasted it for the first time at the same age as the 2004 vintage is in now. Read more about DP.

The restaurant also serves Chartogne-Taillet ’Cuvée Sainte Anne Brut’, Bruno Paillard ’Première Cuvée Brut’ & Pol Roger ’Rosé Brut’ by the glass. Read the full wine list. 

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house champagnes @ the clove club – london 29 juli 2014

 

In the last guide of ‘The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014′ at place 87 we find The Clove Club in London. The sommelier serves the following house champagnes:

DEUTZ ’BRUT CLASSIC ROSÉ’ │AŸ │ DEUTZ │100PN RJ 81(86) │TASTING NOTE A new non-vintage rosé champagne with depth if as yet a rather too young Pinot character with 8% Aÿ Pinot for colour. Cherry and beetroot dominate over raspberry and strawberry up to now, but time will change all that and a warm vanilla-draped beauty is going to show itself in due course.

2005 AGRAPART ’BLANC DE BLANCS MINERAL’ │ AVIZE │ AGRAPART │100CH │RJ 92(94) │TASTING NOTE Made from old vines at Cramant and Avize. Fantastically buttery and round. Especially so with regard to the comprehensive aroma. Love at first sight and more directly so than with Agrapart’s wines from 2002. Not as multi-facetted however but totally dependent upon its plumpness, intensity and charm. One of the bull’s eyes of the vintage.’

 

house champagnes @ bo innovation – hong kong 24 juli 2014

In the last guide of ‘The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014′ at place 97 we find Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. Chef Alvin Leung Jr serves the following house champagne:

BOLLINGER ‘SPÉCIAL CUVEE BRUT’ │ AŸ │ BOLLINGER │60PN 15PM 25PM │ RJ 81(89)

RJ’S TASTING NOTE ’Yet again, one of my absolute favorites among nonvintage Champagnes. Since the beginning of the 1990s the wine has only been four years old when it enters the market and is vinified in steel vats. Even so, it’s fascinating to see how much 12 percent old reserve wines, vinified in oak barrels and stored in magnums, do to lift the product. The oakish, smoky, and deep Bollinger style develops after a couple of years in the bottle.’

Alvin Leung Jr

The restaurant also serves Ruinart ’Blanc de Blancs Brut’, Ruinart ’Rose’, Krug ’Grande Cuvee’ by the glass. Read the full wine list. 

house champagne @ jean-georges – new york 21 juli 2014

In the last guide of ‘The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014′ at place 98 we find Restaurant Jean-Georges in New York. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves the following house champagne:

BILLECART-SALMON ’BRUT RÉSERVE’ │MAREUIL-SÛR-AŸ │BILLECART-SALMON│35PN 30PM 35PM │ RJ 75(82)

TASTING NOTE ‘This is the creation of the son, Antoine Billecart. I claim this to be the best nonvintage Champagne of the extremely fruity school. The nose is lively and as fresh as a spring morning, the flavor is light and citrus-fresh with a long, balanced aftertaste of Granny Smith apples. Softer, sweeter, and more creamy recently.’ 

THE CHAMPAGNES @ JEAN-GEORGES

Jean-Georges restaurant
 

house champagnes @ jaan – singapore 20 juli 2014

In the last guide ’The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2014’ at place 100 we find Restaurant Jaan in Singapore. Appointed as Krug’s first restaurant Ambassade in Singapore, JAAN’s Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer presents an exclusive menu which complements the fine craftsmanship of Krug’s champagnes. JAAN will also offer the full range of Krug, including some vintage bottles that were previously unavailable in Singapore. See the menu here.

They serve two of our favorite Champagnes by the glass:

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée (03 base) │REIMS │KRUG 50PN 15PM 35PM │ RJ 92(94)  

TASTING NOTE Krug’s nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a ‘multi-vintage’. Almost every time one I drink Krug Grande Cuvée, some new element is revealed. Because it’s been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here.’  

Ruinart ’Brut Rosé’ │REIMS │RUINART 55PN 5PM 40PM │ RJ 74(79)  

TASTING NOTE ’Previously a sorry case, but now in the new, round bottle even this wine has received a proper facelift. Truly fine house style with biscuits and toast along with opulent, compact fruitiness.’

 

tasting with Régis Camus @ Piper-Heidsieck 19 juli 2014

Champagne Club  was invited to Piper-Heidsiek at their cellars in Reims to taste the recent range of Champagnes from Piper-Heidsieck with Chef de caves Régis Camus.

Piper-HeidsieckRJ ON PIPER-HEIDSIECK All three Heidsieck domains originate from the same company, Heidsieck & Co., which was established in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. The Piper-Heidsieck branch was established in 1834 by Christian Heidsieck. The domain remained within the family right up until 1989, when it became part of Rémy-Cointreau. Daniel Thibault, who up until his recent premature death made the cuvées at Charles Heidsieck and was even responsible for Piper-Heidsieck, was always careful to maintain the separate identities of the two domains. Todays Thierry Roset is following in the same great spirit. Piper own 65 hectares and purchase grapes from seventy villages. The wines are centrifuged, though they never used to be subjected to malolactic fermentation, which led to razor-sharp wines without extract. Nowadays Piper makes a more mellow and more easily accessible non-vintage. All champagnes from the firm gain a great deal from cellaring, about which Piper unfortunately neglects to inform its consumers. The ’55 and the ’53 were both masterpieces, and old vintages of Florens-Louis are legendary, but during the 1970s, up until the middle of the 1990s, the house was the weakest of the Heidsieck troika. Today they are again making brilliant champagnes, something that the fabulous ’96 proved very clearly. Their extremely lavish cellar tours are organised in the best Hollywood style, something that should suit their best customers – the Americans – admirably. As I have mentioned before, it was a train ride around Piper’s cellars that confirmed my fascination for Champagne. Thibault left a great void when he passed away in the spring of 2002. It is a great challenge for Thierry Roset o continue on his new, successful path. 2002 Piper Rare is a fantastic champagne with its delightfully toffee-ish, roasted style. It is very reminiscent of the lovely 88 and can perhaps become as good with storage.

Piper-Heidsieck

nv Piper-Heidsieck ’Brut’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 50PN 50CH | RJ 75(84)

TASTING NOTE I’ve wondered before why they don’t use malolactic fermentation for such a thin wine. The acidity is exceedingly intrusive when extract is missing. Now I’ve got my answer: malolactic fermentation is encouraged and Piper has pulled this wine together considerably in recent years under Thibault as chef de cave. Certain mature bottles are deliciously toasted. Better than ever.

Piper-Heidsieck

2006 Piper-Heidsieck ’Millésime’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 60PN 40CH | RJ 82(87)

TASTING NOTE Oväntat blekt intryck vid blindprovningen i London 2014. Knappt någon rostning ännu. Medelfyllig och krämigt ren.

Piper-Heidsieck

2004 Piper-Heidsieck ’Millésime’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 55PN 15PM 30CH | RJ 85(90)

TASTING NOTE Lite mindre tuff än den brukar vara vid lanseringen, och knallpulverpuffran är lite mindre framträdande än vanligt. Ändå skön ton av rostat bröd och apelsinchokladsliknande frukt med mjuk söt efterklang.

Piper-Heidsieck Rare02

2002 Piper-Heidsieck ’Rare’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 60PN 40CH | RJ 94(96)

TASTING NOTE A fantastic wine in the Thibault spirit! Very reminiscent of Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires with its fat buttery, and at the same time roasted hazelnut grilling and sun-matured sweet citrus costume. Sweeter and more mellow than Piper usually is, with good hope anyway of a long life.

Piper-Heidsieck

2008 Piper-Heidsieck ’Essenstiel Cuvée Brut’ (base 2008) | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 60PN 40CH | RJ 75(84)

TASTING NOTE New special Champagne with longer time on it’s lees. Only11% reserve wines and the rest is from 2008 vintage. Lovely toasted Champagne in a typical house style. Good aging potential.

Piper-Heidsieck

nv Piper-Heidsieck ’Rosé Sauvage’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 45PN 40PM 15CH | RJ 70(75)

TASTING NOTE New label and name, but not only that. This wine is now faintly toasted and is better suited to the fine style of the house. A lovely, mellow vanilla base. Last shipment a bit less impressive.

Piper-Heidsieck

nv Piper-Heidsieck ’Cuvée Sublime Demi-Sec’ | Reims | Champagne | Frankrike | 55PN 30PM 15CH | RJ 66(70)

TASTING NOTE Just as the name indicates, this is a sublime champagne that belongs among the better ones on the sweet side. The roasting and house style are well in evidence despite the attempt of the sugar to camouflage the base wine.

 Piper-Heidsieck

a gentlemens lunch @ terroir Gröndal 9 juli 2014

Björnstierne was invited with dear friend Dr Hank Linden to the house of ’le Phantome’ for a gentlemens lunch @ terroir Gröndal. ’In all simplicity’ as he said over the phone. ’Apéro at 12:30’ he said. We started in grand style:

Krug Grande Cuvée

Krug ‘Grande Cuvée I.D. 211021′ (03 base) 50PN 15PM 35PM │ RJ 92(94) │ TASTING NOTE Krug’s nonvintage wine costs about $150. They themselves would rather call it a ’multi-vintage’. Almost every time one I drink Krug Grande Cuvée, some new element is revealed. Because it’s been blended from ten different vintages and forty-seven different wines from twenty-five crus, variation is understandable. However, I have only missed spotting it on one occasion at a blind tasting, proving that its basic character is unique. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy, rich Krug aromas, are the foremost clues. Always check how straight the cork is in order to decipher when it was disgorged. When young, the acidity can be too hard. When middle aged and older, the Grand Cuvée has a fabulously complex nose and palate, dominated by nuts and honey. The aftertaste is always long and majestic, like a great symphony. The best bottles deserve even higher points than I’ve given here.’  PIper-Heidsieck Rare02

2002 PIPER-HEIDSIECK ‘CUVÉE RARE’  | 60PN 40CH | RJ points 94(96) │ TASTING NOTE ‘A masterpiece of elegance in this powerful year. Early to be the rock-solid, but this can not be anything but a legendary Champagne. Dense and concentrated fruit, biting acids that scares off many but the notes of butterscotch and coffee aromas lurking beneath the surface. A fantastic wine in the Thibault spirit! His very last vintage also …. Very reminiscent of Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires with its fat buttery, and at the same time roasted hazelnut grilling and sun-matured sweet citrus costume.’

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2004 LOUIS ROEDERER ‘CRISTAL’ │55PN 45CH │ RJ 96(97) │ TASTING NOTE ‘An unusually unpredictable vintage. Very shy in the current state, despite that the faint tones are of the more open kind. Evolves more and more and already feels classic. Shang-ri-La!’ 

The 100 best cuvée préstige champagne in the world – the photo session 4 juli 2014

PARTICIPATING PRODUCERS Salon, Krug, Jacques Selosse, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Taittinger, Charles Heidsieck, Ruinart, Perrier-Jouët, Deutz, Dom Pérignon, Claude Cazals, Charles Heidsieck, Piper-Heidsieck, R & L Legras, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Henriot, Pommery, Léclapart, Pierre Peters, de Sousa, Diebolt-Vallois, Deutz, Perrier-Jouët, Guy Charlemagne, Philipponnat, Vilmart, Mumm, Agrapart, Billecart-Salmon, Gosset, Jacquesson & Fils, Joseph Perrier, Duval-Leroy. Gimmonet, Egly-Ouriet, Henri Giraud, Philippe Gonet, Lanson, Bonnaire, J-L Vergnon, Alfred Gratien, R.H. Coutier, Cattier, Paul Bara, de Venoge, Palmer, Dampierre, Michel Genet, Gonet-Medeville, Gosset-Brabant, Lasalle, Tarlant, Drappier, Veuve Fourny, Roger Brun, Henri Abelé, Leclerc-Briant, Mailly, H. Billot, Georges Vessellse, Marguet, Dehours, Paul Déthune, Lamiable, Pascal Doquet, Bourdaire-Gallois, Michel, Gonet, Legras & Haas, Michel Arnould, Chartogne-Taillet, Canard-Duchêne, José Michel, Colin, Ayala, Charles Ellner, Thienot, Ployez-Jacquemart, Michel Turgy, Mandois, Boizel, Roger Coulon, Beaumont de Crayeres, Lenoble, Jacquart, Goutorbe, Launois, Tornay, Loriot, Maillart, André Clouet, Coessens, Nicolas Feuilatte, Roland Champion, Telmont, Nominée-Renard, Gimmonet, Hebrart, Gaston Chicquet, Esterlin, Paul Bara, Bruno Paillard, Jean Milan

TOPP-TIO by RICHARD JUHLIN

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon  (95) 97
  2. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal (95) 96,5
  3. Dom Pérignon – 2004 Cuvée Dom Pérignon (95)96,5
  4. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne (95)96,5
  5. Jacques Selosse – mv Substance (96)96
  6. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée (94)95,5
  7. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill (94)95,5
  8. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame (93,5)95
  9. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs (93) 95
  10. Piper-Heidsieck – 2002 Rare (93)95

TOP-TIO by THE JURY

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon – 96,285
  2. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée – 96,071
  3. Jacques Selosse –  mv Substance – 96,000
  4. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame – 95,571
  5. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal – 95,285
  6. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill – 95,214
  7. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne – 95,142
  8. Charles Heidsieck – 1995 Blanc de Millénaires – 95,000
  9. Ruinart – 2002 Dom Ruinart – 94,714
  10. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs – 93,857