SPARKLING PAS­SION

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - CHARLES DE CAZANOVE TETE DU CUVEE NV CHARLES DE CAZANOVE MILLESIME 2007

TheHouseRoséstyleis­pro­duce­dusinga lesser-known­tra­di­tionof­blend­ingCoteaux Cham­p­enois,astillred­made­frompinot­noir and­pinot­me­u­nier,back­throughthewineto giveit­the­colour.Tome­this­gaveaslightly awk­ward­mouth­feel,how­ever,Iwastheonly per­son­aroun­dat­able­of10whothoughtso. Theno­seise­l­e­gan­tand­del­i­cate,red­ber­ries and­spice.On­thetonguethereis­su­perb fresh­ness,fleshyred­fruits,alate­tou­chof quince­an­dahintof­men­thol.Inour­cli­mate this­wouldbe­more­o­fanaper­i­tifthanafood wine.RRP$65. Ablend­of20per­centchard,40per­cent pinot­noirand40per­cent­pinot­me­u­nier. Thoset­wopinot­va­ri­etiesare­vis­i­bleon­the palate.It’sbuil­taroundthe­flavour­softhe noir­withth­e­assertiveacid­ofthe­me­u­nier. Note­sof­grape­fruit,crispap­ple,somevanilla and­toastyoa­knoteson­thenose.On­the palateit­car­ries­su­perbfresh­ness,those samearo­mas­car­ry­ingth­roughon­tothe tongue­with­light­p­ithyle­mo­nan­dacreamy mouth­feel.Greatwine,which­worked­witha range­of­foods.RRP$55. Asu­per­b­v­in­tages­parkling,and­with­10years ofageit’sshow­ingtof­fee­and­toastynotes, fi­gand­driedapri­cotswith­hintsof­vanilla.On thetongueit’ssur­pris­ing­lyfresh,withan un­der­ly­ingnut­ti­nes­sall­wrappedarounda won­der­fulacid­back­bone.Asit­warmed therew­erenote­sof­but­tery­bri­oche, straw­ber­riesand­crea­man­d­light­to­bacco. Thi­sisas­u­perbly­complexand­won­der­ful drink­ing­winethatI­would­ex­pect­to­pay around$100.AtRRP$75it’sex­treme­ly­good value.In­ear­lyfellover­whenI­sawiton­lin­eat FirstChoice­for$55.Grab­somenow­for Christ­mas(it’sonlysix­month­s­away).

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