Tasting note: Champagne Rosé “Philippe Starck”, Brut Nature, Louis Roederer, 2015

Comments = I love this rosé Champagne, purity of fruit and aromas, precision of acidity and bubbles, aromatic complexity. We can only thank Louis Roederer, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and Philippe Starck for FINALLY offering us a Brut Nature Champagne rosé of this quality and precision. I can only recommend it, especially since it still has good aging potential.

Final Grade = A

Tasting note: ‘Clos du Mesnil’, Krug, 2008

Comments = This superb Blanc de Blancs continues to express all its freshness and precise acidity. The overall balance of this 2008 wine remains stunning years later. Aromas of citrus, biscuits and brioche are complemented wonderfully by acidity and a lingering bubble. Its finish is very long and persistent. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest Champagnes that I have had the chance to taste for a unique and exceptional 2008 vintage which allowed the full potential of this single-plot champagne to be expressed. This is a truly mythical and timeless Champagne.

Final Grade = A++

Tasting note: Franciacorta, “Dosaggio Zero”, Ca’ del Bosco, 2018

Comments = A 2018 vintage that we were impatiently awaiting from this benchmark producer in the Franciacorta appellation. A pleasing result of accuracy and finesse with a persistent bubble that blends perfectly with the acidity. Accuracy of aromas, complexity, everything is there for this “0 dosage” Franciacorta which has significant aging potential. A real pleasure to share.

Final Grade = A-

Tasting note: Franciacorta, “Bagnadore”, Dosaggio Zero, Barone Pizzini, 2011

Comments = What a beautiful 2011 vintage! We can only thank Barone Pizzini for offering us this wine so well made and with the breathtaking result for a “zero dosage” Franciacorta. The finesse and precision of the aromas, the finesse and persistence of the bubbles, everything is there. This wine is really the perfect example that proves that you can make an exceptional sparkling wine without adding sugar. At this price, we want more…

Final Grade = A-