Imagine the pressure on Cyril Brun: he has to put the finishing touches to a great wine that was vintaged and blended by his predecessor, 12 years after the grapes were harvested.
There are many stories told of seemingly super-human feats where experts identify blind-tasted wines.
Champagne is one of the world’s most expressive and distinctive wine styles. There simply is no substitute.
Champagne can be hard to describe, and metaphors can be useful. I heard a novel description of the Ruinart Champagne style at a recent tasting at the Sofitel Sydney’s Champagne Bar.
The best Australian sparkling wines are world-competitive and often extraordinary value for money.
Alexandre Bonnet Perle Rosée Brut NV, Champagne, AUD $80
Boll & Cie Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne, AUD $99
Piper-Heidsieck Vintage Brut 2008, Champagne, AUD $125
Champagne Lanson Gold Label Vintage 2008, NZD $99
Champagne imports into Australia grew by a massive 23% in value and 15.5% in volume during 2016-17.