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new vintage: 2005 bollinger ’vieilles vignes françaises’ 13 november 2014

It’s not everyday that one has the opportunity to taste  a new vintage of one of Champagnes true legendary wines – Bollinger ’Viewless Vignes Françaises’. (mer…)

new release henriot ’cuve 38’ 11 november 2014

World premiere for the exceptionel Henriot ’Cuve 38’ – A blend of Henriot’s best Blanc de Blancs from 1990!

Henriot Cuve 38, is based on only Chardonnay from Grand Cru-vineyards. This is Henriots most exceptionel Champagne ever. On the 5 of December 60 numbered bottles will be released at Systembolaget for 4 499 sek per bottle. For this launch Sweden’s allocation are bottles 2-61. Total produktion os 1 000 bottles. The Henriot family has kept bottle no1.

Joseph Henriot took the initiative for ’Cuve 38’ in 1990. The vision was to create a unique and complex Champagne that captures the classic Champagnehouse’s DNA. Since then it has been secretly set aside a portion of each year’s best Blanc de Blancs in a special tank – Tank 38 – which also has given its name to this Champagne. Each year, only 1 000 numbered magnum bottles of Henriot ’Cuve 38’ will be released globally. The first 1 000 copies is composed of a blend of vintages from 1990 to 2007 and was bottled 2009. Disgorging took place in April 2014.

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The champagne has a low residual sweetness, less than 5 grams per liter, making the Champagne full of complexity that comes into its own. In ’Cuve 38’ intermingled fresh aromas of citrus with ripe apricot, with a seductive finish of honey croissant. The Champagne has a clear mineral-rich and creamy character.

Henriot was founded in 1808 and is among the world’s most renowned champagne houses. The house has been owned by the family Henriot for eight generations. It operated since 2007 by Thomas Henriot, who is in charge of the craftmanship around ’Cuve 38’.

Henriot Cuve 38

RJ ON HENRIOT Joseph Henriot is one of Champagne’s most powerful men. After having been the boss of Veuve Clicquot for many years, he returned to Henriot in 1994. Today the firm is run by his modest and extremely competent son, Stanislas Henriot. Winemaker is Laurent Fresnet. The Henriot family were established as growers in Champagne by 1640 they started their own Champagne house in 1808. The firm’s strength has always been the high-class vineyards they owned in Côte des Blancs. Today they only own twenty-five hectares of vineyards in Chouilly, Avize, and Épernay. The total proportion of Chardonnay obtained from the firm’s fine contracts with growers is more than 20 percent; it dominates the house-style with its clean, elegant, fresh citrus fruit. The Henriot family has always had strong ties with Charles Heidsieck, and still shares offices and wineries. With Clicquot, on the other hand, they share a cellar. The firm’s biggest export market is Switzerland, where Henriot’s dry, classic, slightly discreet Champagnes are a great success. The firm did well at the Millennium Tasting. Personally, I like these elegant classics more and more. Some of the most drinkable wines in the world has got the Henriot Label. Very close to 5 stars.

lunch with champagne deutz 9 november 2014

August Strindberg and his bohemic friends discussed politics and poetry all day long in this dining room, which is named from his book, Röda Rummet. The book was published in 1879. Richard & Björnstierne was invited to lunch @ Röda Rummet Berns Asiatiska by Fabrice Rosset, CEO of Champagne Deutz to taste 5 new releases on the Swedish market.

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nv DEUTZ ’BRUT CLASSIC’ | Aÿ | 38PN 32PM 30CH | SBnr 7487 | 380 SEK |  TASTINGNOTE  ‘The Champagne is always of a high quality, but has previously been sold too early. If you put the wine aside for a few years in the cellar, a fine, bready note will develop, which will tone down the exaggerated apple-like fruit. I tasted a couple of bottles at the beginning of 2001 that already had a classic maturity. Very good, exuberant, and complex at the moment. I hope this tendency continues.’  RJpoints 76(84)

1995 DEUTZ ’MILLIÉSIME VINOTHÈQUE’ | Aÿ | 60PN 10PM 30CH  | 1 349 SEK | Swedish allocation 36 bottles | TASTINGNOTE  ’It feels like Deutz vintage wine has finally found its true self. Classic, irresistible style, without forgetting its past. Everything is in its place in a totally satisfying way. Mature Pinot Noir and sublime, crispy fruit in lovely harmony.’  RJpoints 96(96)

1995 DEUTZ ’BLANC de BLANCS VINOTHÈQUE’ | 100CH  | 1 349 SEK | Swedish allocation 48 bottles |  TASTINGNOTE  ’40% Le Mesnil-sûr-Oger, 50% Avize & 10% Villers Marmery.  Fantastic and indeed somewhat oilier than the usual issue. I suppose that the autolytic character will give this wine an amazing base for acceleration a little further on in the future.’ RJpoints 96(96)

2002 DEUTZ ’CUVÉE WILLIAM DEUTZ’ | 62PN 11PM 27CH  | 1 100 SEK | Swedish allocation 360 bottles | TASTINGNOTE  ’Pinot Noir: 62%, from vineyards in Ay, Mareuil-sûr-Aÿ, Bouzy, Louvois and Ambonnay. Chardonnay: 27%, from vineyards in Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, with a small proportion from the Montagne de Reims. Pinot Meunier: 11% from vineyards in Pierry and Chatillon-sur-Marne. Golden hue with crystal glints. Extremely fine bubbles. Delicate, rich and complex on the nose, developing floral and cooked white peach aromas, underpinned by lovely honey-sweet notes of spice and candied ginger. Well defined and clean on entry. Captivating, rich and full on the palate, the champagne releases a mélange of delicate cherry, wild peach and honey aromas. Its fine, harmonious balance shows promise. The finish is silky, complex and refined, with long lingering aromas.’ RJpoints 90(95)

2007 DEUTZ ’MILLÉSIME’ | 65PN 5PM 30CH  | 499 SEK | Swedish allocation 1 200 bottles |  TASTINGNOTE ’Pinot Noir: about 65%, from the terroirs of Bouzy, Mareuil-sûr-Aÿ, Verzenay, Aÿ and Ambonnay. Chardonnay: about 30%, from the terroirs of Avize and Villers-Marmery. Pinot Meunier: about 5%, from Binson-et-Orquigny. Soft pleasing vanilla-scented and cacao-orienterad aroma and a soft fruit and bread dominated taste for relatively early consumption.’ RJpoints 82(85)

2009 DEUTZ ’ROSÉ MILLÉSIME’ | 80PN 10CH  | 499SEK | Swedish allocation 360 bottles |  TASTINGNOTE ’The vineyards, or crus, that supply the Pinot Noir are a gage of its qualities: Aÿ, Mareuil-sûr-Aÿ, Bouzy and Verzenay. They epitomise the subtle and yet powerful qualities of the finest pinot noirs in Champagne. The style of this wine and its colour owe a lot to the incorporation into the blend of 8% red wine made by Deutz from a plot of old vines on the hillside at Aÿ – a plot known as « La Pelle » – and other specific plots at Mareuil-sur-Aÿ: « Cumaine » and « Charmont ». Tasted together with the worlds most expensive (!) caviar, the arctic char caviar – Northern Light Spirit at about €25 000 per kilo. The wine felt slightly dryer and and firmer then usual. The nose is very much Aÿ and has great potential, with the slightly heavy charachter of the vintage.’ RJpoints 83(88)

Champagne Deutz also launched a world premier – 2006 DEUTZ ’AMOUR de DEUTZ ROSÉ’ | 65PN 35CH  | aprox 1 500 SEK | TASTINGNOTE ’Fabrice Rosset has long wanted to profile of William Deutz Rosé from a gastronomically burgundy influenced wine into something sleeker and more modern. Unfortunately, I’m not entirely convinced that the style change was necessary, although I obviously understand and respect the decision. The bottle is incredibly beautiful, cool  and elegant as a Greta Garbo in black and white. The purity and minerality sharpness is surgically precise, but the intensity and the fruit is a little too toned down this time. More like a dry Belle Epoque than William Deutz at present.’ RJpoints 86(92)

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RJ ON DEUTZ  Two Germans, William Deutz and Pierre Gelderman, founded this prestigious firm in 1838 in Ay. Deutz was hit hard during the champagne uprising in 1911. For a long time the house was run by André Lallier, who made large investments in other wine regions. These include properties in the Rhone Valley, Maison Deutz in California and another sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. 1993 Louis Roederer acquired majority of Deutz. Today the firm is run proficiently by the sympathetic Fabrice Rosset. Winemaker Michel Davesne. 75% of the grapes are sourced from Grand- and premier cru plots. Deutz owns land in five villages. The property is among the most beautiful in Champagne and wines are also very distinguished. The style is laid-back, elegant and sophisticated with a medium full body and crystal clear fruit as well as an exemplary mousse. All wines are good, but Cuvée William Deutz Rosé is something special. Even the Vinothèque-wines and the white edition of William Deutz is world class. Deutz has launched an ultra sophisticated prestige champagne under the name Amour de Deutz selling like hotcakes since Madonna took it to heart. One of my real favorites!

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next champagne auction @ stockholms auktionsverk 10 of nov 6 november 2014

Stockholms Auktionsverk in collaboration with Systembolaget will host this autumns second Champagne auction on Monday the 10th of November. Below You will find these different lots: