Champagne Apollonis Source Flagot

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Michel Loriot

Region: Vallée de la marne, Champagne, France

Appellation: AOC Champagne

Type: Sparkling wine

Vintage: Vintage 2007

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: High Environmental Value (HVE)

Grapes used: 100% Chardonnay

Blend: 100% grapes from the Flagot vineyard

Winemaking details: Traditional Method (Méthode Champenoise)

Aging: Disgorgement in 2021 (= 14 years on lees in the bottle)

Sugar level: 5 g/Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Gold
  • Intensity = Pale

NOSE

  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Aromas = Biscuit, Cream, honey, stewed white fruits, blossom, plum

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Dry
  • Acidity = High
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium
  • Body = Medium+
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium+
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Flavour details = Biscuit, Cream, honey, stewed white fruits, blossom, plum
  • Other = complex and well balanced + well integrated bubbles
  • Finish = Long

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 5 years
    • The quality of the wine will improve with aging (although it is already complex following a long aging on lees period)
  • Retail Price = 50 euros (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = Exceptional value for money
  • Comparison with same price competition = rank as a top notch wine compared to its direct competition in the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Acceptable
  • Service Temperature = around 8°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = Grilled Fish / Sea Food / White Meat / Mushrooms
  • Comments = this Champagne offers an incredible value for money with a perfect balance, long finish and enjoyable level of complexity
  • Final Grade = A-

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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