Darwin Blog

2007 Bastille Day Champagne Tasting
Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 1:54 am
Filed under: Observations

In 2006, on Australia Day we were invited by friends RH and DB for a French Toast to Australia Day.  Each of the guests brought with them a bottle of French champagne and a bottle of Australian sparkling to share.  Each of the bottles were wrapped and numbered and each bottle was blind tasted, assessed and rated.  Out of 12 bottles, Duetz was declared the winner!

This year, RH and DB again hosted the French champagne blind tasting and choose to do so last night, in celebration of Bastille Day.  Again each guest brought a bottle of French champagne to share and couples brought an additional bottle of Australian sparkling to add to the mix.

The champagnes included:

  • Piper Heidsieck Brut NV
  • Pommery Royal Brut NV
  • Pol Gessner NV Brut
  • Louis Roederer
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial
  • Billecart-Salmon Brut NV
  • Salinger
  • Chandon NV
  • Crosser
  • Peppermint Paddock
  • Clover Hill 2003 Vintage Brut
  • Deutz
  • Linduer

All started well and everyone was intensely trying to pick the wines when sampling the first six, it started to degenerate from there (I mean that in a good way) and the results at the end of the night were extremely interesting.  MB won the night in picking correctly, six of the champagnes.  As for myself, I correctly picked three and am pleased to say I picked the Piper Heidsieck.  I had only polished off two bottles the night before with friends – so I should have known what it tasted like!

We also had to rate our champagnes for taste out of 10 and am pleased to say that all my practice in the past year has not gone to waste with Piper Heidsieck Brut NV, Pommery Royal Brut NV, Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial and Salinger all rating 8/10 and above.  My 9/10 goes to Billecart-Salmon Brut NV (I had a few of those for my birthday this year) and Peppermint Paddock, which is my all time favourite sparkling red.

A fabulous night was had by all, great wine, fabulous food and superb company.  Special note: DB could have a secret life as a DJ, with her choice in music being outstanding.  We only went home because we had to relieve the babysitter or we would have had to refinance the house!


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