We got another two-fer for wine 101 readers today. Since I attended these two tastings in one day, I thought why not have you do it too – virtually. So please take a gander below for my tasting notes on Champagne Palmer and then, after that, a little Bordeaux.
Viva La France!
You can begin with this 15-second slideshow from these tastings and one other I attended the same week: https://www.facebook.com/140201804492/videos/10154207300324493/
As our small group met in a private room of The Palm in downtown Los Angeles for a Champagne tasting and lunch, I jotted down some notes shared by Palmer Export Director, Raymond Ringeval:
- Palmer has 200 Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.
- 80% of their land is planted with Chardonnay grapes.
- Their second fermentation takes place in large-format bottles.
- Solera of red wine (blending of multiple vintages. Definition here: http://www.champagneguide.net/information/glossary) is used for the Rose Champagne.
- This is the first time Palmer has been distributed in the U.S.
Champagne Palmer Tasting
Brut Reserve: Strong citrus and yeast notes. Rose Reserve: Great strawberry color, vanilla notes and tart qualities. Blanc de Blancs: Citrus, white flowers and marzipan almond paste. VINTAGE 2002: My favorite of the tasting with notes of yeast, toast, peach, lemon and mild acidity. Amazone de Palmer: Cream, butter, hazelnuts with a tinny back palate.
About Champagne Palmer
Champagne Palmer was founded in 1947 by a small co-op of seven growers. It has since grown into one of the greatest co-ops in the region, with the vast majority of its vineyards along the slopes of the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs, on Premier and Grand Cru-designated land. Though the co-op has grown to incorporate over 200 growers, it has upheld its high standard of quality by maintaining an incredible attention to detail – from the growing and selection of the grapes through the aging of the wines. Palmer is represented by Vin Divino, a subsidiary of Gonzalez Byass.
The Bordeaux Wine Council brought their popular “Bordeaux Under One Roof” 100-affordable bottle tasting back to LA, and I have a few tastes that I’d like to share with you. Albeit this is just a list of the wines I enjoyed the most, some are noted as “favorites” of mine as well. If not otherwise stated the wine listed is a red:
Château Pichon Longueville Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande 2006 (favorite), Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre 2012 (favorite), Château De Pez 2011 (favorite), Château Haut-Beausejour 2012 (favorite), Château De Sales 2012 (favorite), Château Dauphine-Rondillon Cuvee Classique 2009 sweet wine (favorite), Château Recougne 2012 (favorite), Château Julia 2010 (favorite), Château Dauphine-Rondillon Cuvee d’Or Vieilles Vignes 2007 sweet wine (favorite), Château Bellevue Blanc 2013 and Rouge 2012, Château Les Pasquets 2014, Château de la Coste 2011, Château Tour Seran 2009, Château Rollan de By 2011, Château Haut Selves 2014 dry white and 2012 red, Henry Cuvelier 2012, Château Soleil Cuvee Promesse 2014, Château Croix de Rival 2010, Château Lamothe de Haux 2014, Dauphin de Grand-Puy Ducasse 2012, Château La Caderie 2014, Château Julia 2010, Château Richebon 2010, Château Coutet 2013, Château Lyonnat 2011 and Château Haut Bailly La Parde 2010.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com