Bernard Van Berg Vin Mousseux Brut 2012 (Burgundy)
Bohrmann Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV (Burgundy)
Bohrmann Cremant de Bourgogne Rose NV (Burgundy)
Herve Jestin Extra Brut 2007 (Champagne)
Michel Fallon Ozanne Grand Cru NV (Champagne)
Chateau de Fosse-Seche Il Etate Une Fois Vins Mousseaux Brut Nature NV (Loire)
Michel Autran Vouvray Petillant Cap a l'Ouest Brut Nature 2014 (Loire)
Ferrari Brut Metedo Classico 2005 (Italy)
Recaredo Reserva Particular Brut Cava 2007 (Spain)
Recaredo Turo en Mota Cava 2004 (Spain)
GINSBERG+CHAN Wednesday January 9, 2019 6:30-8:30 pm
Our inaugural #WineWednesday tasting of 2019 kicked off with an interesting and somewhat geeky blind sparkling tasting. Champagne still remains the pre-eminent region for sparkling wines in the world and wears this crown with great pride. But venturing out of this northerly region, many other producers are making great sparkling wines that can still bring any enthusiast great joy. And last night’s tasting showed us exactly which other regions or, more specifically, winemakers to look for and also where to find great value! Although wine of the night went to champagne maker Herve Jestin, who deserved the crown for his important position as an expert and consultant of sparkling wines in champagne, especially those farmed biodynamically, wines such as Chateau de Fosse-Sech in the Loire Valley won over many of us with its interesting Methode Ancestral style of winemaking. The legendary Bernard Van Berg was also captivating for his natural approach to winemaking and his Vins Mousseaux was an outstanding example of what a talented winemaker can do with great terroir. Our tasting notes below:
Bernard Van Berg Vin Mousseux Brut 2012
Bernard Van Berg never ceases to amaze people. This rebellious winemaker very quickly gained a cult-like following in Burgundy for his natural and hedonistic approach to winemaking, and his Vins Mousseaux is simply another delight to marvel at. Intense citrus notes layered with brioche, almonds, and citrus fruit with refreshing acidity and a very long finish made this one of the most popular bottles this evening. The fact that he sold his winery in 2018 and left Burgundy altogether means we'll just have to treasure what's left of his inventory!
Chateau de Fosse-Seche Il Etate Une Fois Vins Mousseaux Brut Nature NV Made via the methode ancestrale approach, Chateau de Fosse Sech is an up and coming biodynamic producer in the Loire Valley with a growing fan-base. This style of making sparkling wines differs from the Champagne approach, where wines only go through single fermentation but is bottled before sugars are completely fermented. Often made in the Brut Nature style, this has some serious funky notes, a hallmark of many biodynamic winemakers, alongside refreshing acidity and citrus fruits. A very interesting wine.
Herve Jestin Extra Brut 2007
Wine of the night, Herve Jestin consults for many prestigious properties in Champagne and widely praised as a specialist in biodynamic winemaking for sparkling wines. This was a powerful expression of champagne, medium-bodied with brilliant citrus fruits, excellent purity of fruit, fine acidity and an exceptional moussy finish.
Michel Autran Vouvray Petillant Cap a l'Ouest Brut Nature 2014
A hint of nuttiness is balanced by beautiful acidity and toastiness along with a very creamy mousse. Notes of stone fruits, green apples, ripe pears dominate the palate.
Michel Fallon Ozanne Grand Cru NV
A protegee of Jacques Selosse, Fallon has worked with his mentor since 2000 before purchasing his 900 square metre plot adjacent to his home in the Grand Cru commune of Avize. Organic methods of farming are pursued with some biodynamic techniques too. Many commented on the similarities in style to Selosse and how true it is. The similarly rich expressive style coupled with warm oxidative notes made this one of the highlights of the tasting.
Recaredo Reserva Particular Brut Cava 2007
One of the few producers in Spain to have made a huge contribution to quality perception of Cava, Recaredo is one of the oldest wineries dating back to 1924. Majority Xarel-Lo with a small percentage of Macabeo. Bone dry in style, with a nutty almond palate, there is some noticable weight compared to the Cremant and the Vouvray but really displays excellent layered complexity . The finish is dry and savory with a hint of saline minerality.
Recaredo Turo en Mota Cava 2004
Recaredo's Turo en Mota is their most ambitious Cava, made from a single, old vineyard of Xarel-Lo planted in 1940 and is subsequently matured for over 10 years on its lees. It is Spain's most highly rated sparkling wine, scoring 95.5 points with Luis Guttierez of the Wine Advocate. This was very tight and restrained, still very young and needs a lot more time before opening. But you can already feel the potential, with powerful acidity, stone fruits, green apples, complex brioche aromas along with some toasty notes.
Bohrmann Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV
Light, refreshing, with a nice creamy mousse. A touch of honeyed sweetness with ripe baked apples toasty almonds. Quite lean, with nice minerality. Excellent value for money.
Bohrmann Cremant de Bourgogne Rose NV
Soft and creamy with some noticeable sweetness on the palate. Very aromatic red fruits such as raspberries and tinned strawberries fill the glass, as well some notes of bubblegum. An easy to drink sparkling rose
Ferrari Brut Metodo Classico 2005
A pleasant surprise, this displayed attractive stone fruits, citrus and orange peel, grape fruits, with a very lean body. A nice mineral finish.