Crazy guy, brilliant wines

On our jaunt into the provinces we stayed at Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin. They had this wine (and [link2post id=”792″]Inflorescence[/link2post]) on their wine list for a very reasonable price. It was amazingly brilliant.

Champagne les Ursules Blanc de Noirs ‘Roses de Jeanne’, Cedric Bouchard

The nose has an incredibly livid expression of fruit, lovely pear fruit we feel. It is powerful, stony and dense, but compelling, thrilling and vivacious. Smells fantastic, a very vinous and complex Champagne that has a depth of character rarely associated with fizz. It is extremely elegant for a wine so packed with stuffing. The mousse is totally fine, not as fizzy as Champagne usually is. The mouthfeel is polished and classy, with incredible complexity to back up its charming side. There is so much to this, it is a truly, amazingly, penetratingly good bottle of Champagne. Daniel tells me it is one of the best bottles of fizz, and certainly best value, he has ever had.

M. Bouchard says he does not really like making sparkling wine, bit of a drag inheriting Champagne vineyards then. He wants to start making more and more Coteaux Champenois still wines. Bonkers, I tell you, totally bonkers. When someone makes as good fizz as this he should not be messing around with weirdy still wines.

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