Category Archives: Tasting

General tasting notes

J.L.Vergnon Conversation Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Only newly arrived is our range of Grand Cru Champagnes from Champagne J.L.Vergnon in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Christophe Constant is in charge of the ship here.  Vines are all picked late to gain optimum ripeness with the malo-lactic being blocked. The Conversation is the entry level wine – and upon its debut tasting – it is superb. Color is a pale lemon, extremely fine mousse – there is ripeness on the nose – hints of tropical along with citrus and earthy aromas. Palate is precise, elegant and very very long. Stunning Champagne!

Provenance 2010 Golden Plains Pinot Noir

What a delightful Pinot! Color is cherry red with medium intensity. Nose reveals lovely red fruits,  sour cherries, hints of forest, slightly gamey – not over extracted or heavy. Palate is in nice balance, with a soft lingering finish  revealing all that the nose promised- hint of strawberry and spice. It is a joy to taste a wine which is not over-ripe, not over-worked and not over-extracted. Is this wine worth cellaring? Why bother – drink it and enjoy the length and richness. This is a non ‘P’ wine, No plums and No prunes. Inspirational stuff! 13.3% alcohol. Vineyards are 70km west of Melbourne.