NI­COLA LEE

Con­sul Gen­eral of The Or­dre Des Coteaux De Cham­pagne Sin­ga­pore

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Sip -

Krug Clos d’am­bon­nay (Blanc de Noir):

Cham­pagne is usu­ally a blend of pinot noir, pinot me­u­nier and chardon­nay grapes, though cham­pagne houses do pro­duce sin­gle va­ri­etals. Not so com­mon would be the Blanc de Noir (100 per cent pinot noir or pinot me­u­nier); the vol­ume pro­duced is low, mak­ing these cham­pagnes rare. When Krug re­leased its in­au­gu­ral vin­tage—the 1995 Clos d’am­bon­nay— it caused a stir in the mar­ket with a record-break­ing price per bot­tle. The vine­yard, at only 0.68 hectares, is rea­son enough to un­der­stand why this bot­tle of bub­bles is rare. Cou­pled with the Krug la­bel, the hefty price tag is al­most self-ex­plana­tory. Pro­duc­tion ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 bot­tles, de­pend­ing on the vin­tage.

Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Fran­caises Blanc de Noir:

This unique la­bel’s an­nual pro­duc­tion is around 3,300 bot­tles. What makes this cham­pagne dis­tinc­tive is that the vines are from the pe­riod prior to the ar­rival of the deadly phyl­lox­era epi­demic that de­stroyed most of Europe’s vines. Since 2005, the grapes have only been sourced from the vine­yards of Clos Saint-jacques and Chaudes Ter­res in Ay. The other plot in Bouzy suc­cumbed to phyl­lox­era in 2004, re­sult­ing in an even smaller pro­duc­tion to­day. If phyl­lox­era were to strike these re­main­ing two plots, it would be the end of the

Vieilles Vignes Fran­caises!

Piper-hei­d­sieck Rare 2002:

This cu­vée is ex­tremely re­fresh­ing and el­e­gant. With a low pro­duc­tion of around 2,000 bot­tles (de­pend­ing on the vin­tage), this is a rare find, as only nine vin­tages have been re­leased since its first vin­tage in 1976.

The Rare is a blend of

70 per cent chardon­nay and 30 per cent pinot noir, and will be en­joyed by those who pre­fer the tra­di­tional flavours that cham­pagne of­fers. To boot, wine mag­a­zine

Fine this year rated the Piper-hei­d­sieck Rare

2002 the cham­pagne of the decade.

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