The Finest Bubble’s founder, Nick Baker, organised a fabulous tasting showing the finest examples of Grand Marque champagne, as well as a selection of very fine “grower producers”.
Drinking magnums of champagne is often seen as a fun extravagance (which of course, it is!) but fun is not the only upside of a large format option. Wine in larger containers, age more slowly. At The Finest Bubble we tasted a number of the sparklers in both their 75cl bottle and in magnum. Each time there was a marked difference between the two. Increased freshness and openness of the fruit character seems to be a prevalent feature. I am hoping that more tastings in the future offer us the opportunity to compare wines aged in different format bottles.
For adventurous Champagne lovers, The Finest Bubble offers the opportunity to explore different cuvées, vintages, styles and formats. With over 200 champagnes on the list, from the finest houses, this is journeyman territory.
Particular delights were: Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Jacquesson Cuvée 741, Palmer & Co 2008 1.5L, Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009, Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007, Ruinart Rosé NV, Vazart-Coquart 82/12 Grand Cru NV & Vazart-Coquart Special Club 2008, Bollinger R.D. 2004 and Bollinger La Grande Année Rose 2007 [I am not sure there is much left to list but there we are!!]
It was also good to see Nyetimber flying the English flag. Their Rosé MV, Blanc de Blancs 2010, and Tillington Single Vineyard 2013 all tasting deliciously well!
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