|Champagne Summit: Jamie Goode video interview on Vintage masterclass|
|Written by Richard Siddle|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:34|
You can also catch up on Jamie Goode's thoughts and reaction to his masterclass at: http://www.wineanorak.com:/wineblog/champagne/champagne-vintage-versus-non-vintage-at-the-harpers-champagne-summit
Here is a section of O'Connor's blog which can be read in full at the IWC site:
So what did we taste? The first flight was Champagne de Castelnau Cuvée Brut NV alongside its bigger brother, the Brut Vintage 2000. Attendees were asked to assess both wines and determine the style of each. The vast majority of the room believed the NV was the vintage, its broad and solid texture suggesting a greater quality wine. The conclusion from the Doctor himself was why spend more when you can achieve such greatness at this price, not wishing to cause a downturn in sparkling spending but rather to highlight the quality achievable at these levels. (For more on this watch the video interview on our player or here.)
Next up was Lanson NV and '99, a vintage that struggled to maintain acidity. The House's customary lack of Malo-Lactic Fermentation helped identify their NV as we tasted them blind, though the room remained divided in selecting one from the other, again suggesting that there is great value to be had in the NV category.
The final flight was from Tattinger who, impressively, own half of the 35 crus from which they source their fruit. With their NV and 2004 Tête à Tête the room was baffled and bemused a final time as the vintage wine showed the liveliest character and as Jamie suggested should be consumed now.
Then purely for his own indulgence I'm sure, we tasted a Blanc de Blanc 2004 from Deutz which had beautiful finesse and elegance. A wine with vibrant acidity and an orchard of citrus fruit. The whole tasting didn't last long, but it was more about quality than quanity in terms of what we needed to take away with us. The bottom line is you should not over look the quality of NV for Christmas lunch or the next time you're looking to spoil the ambassador.