Friday, June 01, 2007

WINE: CHANDON Blanc de Blancs 2003

Type: Sparkling White
Origin: Yarra Valley, Victoria
Approx Cost: $30

I love Blanc de Blanc sparklings and think that Chandon is consistently brining out Australia’s best sparklings, so this had to be good. And it was, although the cork looked a bit worrying when I took it out. But not to worry.

Simply a great BdB. Pale straw in colour with a hint of green. The mousse and bead are nothing to write home about but it does persist well. Those trademark Chandon flavours of white peach and honey dominate as usual, with a hint of ginger and a creaminess and sweetness that isn’t cloying but has you licking your lips for long after you’ve finished. The sweetness and crispness lingers for ages.

This is a classy as hell wine that is a fantastic example that the French champagnes aren’t untouchable. It’s not a technically perfect wine but for $30 this represents excellent value.


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