Monthly Archives: December 2012

Of all the top champagne houses, Bollinger, perhaps alongside Krug, has the most distinctive and assertive style.  Always in relative youth an exuberant, rich, complex and powerful champagne, many champagne buffs seem able to spot it blind in tastings. It is especially associated with … Continue reading

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In Part 1, I said the main point of wine tasting is to judge quality.  And I said quality is objective, based on an aesthetic model of wines’ balance, length, intensity and complexity.  The ability to improve and become even more … Continue reading

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A recurrent conversation, if you are a fizz nerd like me, is whether or not tasting champagne is any different from learning how to taste any other kind of wine. In this Part 1 I write about all wine.  Part 2 will be … Continue reading

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Champagne Jacquesson sits, with a few other top ‘houses’, at the pinnacle of champagne quality.  It behaves the least like a house and much more like a ‘single estate’ or ‘domaine champagne’, commonly called ‘grower’ champagne.  Jacquesson needs to buy grapes to … Continue reading

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