Restaurant 09 Champagne Tasting

Hosted by the Champagne Information Centre and facilitated by well known wine writers Huon Hooke and Peter Bourne, every second year members of the Sydney wine trade get to enjoy a Champagne masterclass at The Restaurant Show featuring a range of the non-vintage and vintage Champagne styles currently available in the Australian Market.

In 2009 we sipped on Delamotte NV($80), Alfred Gratien NV($90), Louis Roederer NV($75), Mumm Rose($75), Ruinart Blanc de Blancs($110), Pol Roger 1999($95) and finished on Bollinger 1999($150).

My favourite amongst the classic houses was the great value Pol Roger 1999 – although 99 was a warm year in Champagne this wine showed itself to be extremely well balanced with a softness and generosity of palate that made it extremely easy to drink! A revelation to me was the 2nd Champagne in the line up from Alfred Gratien – a rich creamy texture with yeasty mouth-filling characters and a lingering finish from a boutique traditional producer

To quote the man himself “I have always been of the opinion that Champagne should be to wine what haute couture is to fashion.”

Vive la difference!

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