(2020) Great perfume, so much florals, chestnut, game and undergrowth, roasted meats and great juiciness to the fruit. Elegance and sweetness, lots of fruit sweetness and ripe, creamy density, good length. The acid is nicely balanced and the tight tannin gives focus. No UK retail availability. Price and stockist quoted is for a more recent vintage.
(2020) Coffeeish note to this, a very pale. Colour, with warming spices, clove and cinnamon, a depth of autumnal soft fruit. A bit of leafy decaying undergrowth - sweet, ripe, a touch of Demerara sugar, but finesse, good balance, and a long finish. Not the best of these vintages, but in a good drinking place. No retail listing in the UK, so price is for a more recent vintage.
(2020) This wine spends nine months in 100% French oak, 29% new barrels. Nicely handled oak, just adding a little buttery note and some vanilla, a hit of toast, then super fresh and limpid fruit on the palate, lots of citrus against the inherent fruit sweetness, juicy, pear and apple, and a rounding almond and buttery note in the finish. Stockist and price for an earlier vintage at time of review.
(2019) Again, 20 months in French oak, loads of graphite and sandalwood, pepper and spices, lovely earth and game touches to the blackcurrant fruit. The palate has sweetness and purity of fruit, it is rounded out by a creamy and delicately toasty oak and the super-smooth polish of the tannins, good cherry acids, great length. Such an elegant and polished wine with the structure for ageing.
(2018) Another decidely dry 'Brut' from the hills of Valdobbiadene, I found this to be a particularly estery wine, with notes of banana and peach, and zesty lemon. In the mouth very clean, very precise, still a peachy and slightly tropical fruit quality mid-palate, before cleansing sour apple and citrus acidity gives a pleasingly crisp finish. On offer at £14.75 at time of review.
(2018) From a single vineyard of 45-year-old Chardonnay vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, this is Brut but with a low dosage of 6g/l. It's a fine and refined Champagne, made in stainless steel tanks before it's second fermentation, with a pale colour and fine bead of mousse. Gently bready on the nose, with a herby tang, the palate is pristine with creamy but dry and pure cut apple and pear flavours, a zesty lemon freshness and really good length. Not showy, but very classy.
(2016) Terra de Asorei is a cooperative cellar, and this is a handsomely packaged Albariño with a bit of leesy and citrus peel punch and immediate appeal, the floral aspects adding more delicacy. The palate display lovely orange and lime fruit, before a lemony, rather pithy, but undoubtedly fresh finish. Stockist and price quoted is for the 2015 vintage.