Jean Lallement Brut Reserve NV: Slightly golden in colour and very fine bubbles. Ripe red apples, fresh pears and yeasty on the nose. Bright meyer lemon, white fruits, nectarines on the palate. Fine and elegant with a medium plus finish. Rebuy – YES!
Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV: Pale lemon yellow with a greenish tinge. Bigger bubbles than the Jean Lallement at first pour. Nice layer of mousse. More toasted brioche, biscuity and yeasty on the nose. Tart, green apples on the palate, clean and steely with a long finish. A much leaner and crispier bubbly compare to the Jean-Lallement. Refreshing! Rebuy – Yes
A little cloudy at first and had plenty of sediment, the nebbiolo settled into a crystal clear medium garnet core with an orange-reddish meniscus. Beautiful aromas of dried mandarin peel, red berries and liquorice greeted the first whiff on the nose that slowly exhibited some cinnamon and chinese five spice. Somewhat earthy on the palate, which reminded me of dried shitake mushrooms, coffee grounds, and caramelized sugar (like those used in vietnamese cooking). A long and powerful finish with a substantial (and important) tannic grip. What a beauty!