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Champagne

Château La Croix St Georges 2008 & Bollinger Special Cuvee NV

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Two for Thursday. This evening we opened two bottles of French wine – the first, a non vintage bottle of Bollinger Champagne (Special Cuvee) followed by a very young 2008 Château La Croix St. Georges from the Pomerol region near Bordeaux.

The Champagne was refreshingly clean and crisp containing a dry but intense fruity flavour.  Exceptionally well balanced, with a very fragrant bouquet – no sparkling white really comes close to genuine Champagne from France.  AWG is not normally partial to sparkling wine, but can clearly understand the sensation and craft of proper French champagne.

Our second bottle, from Bordeaux’s Pomerol region was supposed to be 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, but in its youth resembled a young Cabernet Sauvignon, with a strong red currant and French oak flavours.  The wine’s bouquet was strong, but not overly so; colour was a generous dark red and had a medium body.

Unfortunately as a 2008, the Pomerol was opened prematurely.  It should be cellared ideally for 5-10 years to allow the wine to grow in complexity.  Straight out of the bottle it was a little course and tart, it would benefit from some decanting.