French Wine


Jay Z’s Armand De Brignac Champagne (Episode 134 Part 2)

In this part of this episode, we taste the Armand De Brignac Champagne. This Champagne House is owned by the famous rapper Jay Z husband to Beyonce.

This champagne retails at between £200 and £300 and in our view it’s taste did not warrant the price tag.

In John L’s opinion, the Ambriel tasted a few weeks ago which retails at £26.50 tastes better!

to find out more take a look at the video if you have not already!

 

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Pol Roger 2004 Vintage Champagne (Episode 134 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste two big names in the Champagne world Pol Roger and Armand de Brignac which both have a hefty price tag so we are expecting great things from both of them, but particularly the Armand de Brignac as it retails between £200 and £3001

In this first part, we taste a Vintage Pol Roger 2004 which retails at a price around £75.

A fantastic well-balanced glass of Champagne with no excess acidity to detect. The flavour is as close as you can get to perfection for John L!

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Chateau Les Bouysses Malbec (Episode 133 Part 3)

In this last part of this episode, we taste our last French Malbec from the Cahors region.

This one was darker in colour and on the nose smells more like Rioja to John L. and on the palate, it so much better than the previous two examples in this episode.

It is available from Sainsbury’s at £13.00 which is considerably more expensive than the wines tasted in part 1 and 2.

The taste of this has rich blackcurrant flavour, tannins soft with red berries on the end of the taste.

 

 

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Rigal Original Malbec (Episode 133 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we continue tasting French Malbec. This wine – Rigal Original Malbec – is available from Asda at £7.50.
On the nose, it is more intense than the Tesco Malbed we tasted in part 1 with a strong Cherry small.

On the tongue, this Malbec gives much more flavour.

Although John M gives this wine a score of 73, he reduces this score to 70 when he tastes the wine in part 3 of this episode!

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Tescos Finest Cahors Malbec (Episode 133 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste the first of the three French Malbecs, this one purchased from Tescos and is part of their own Finest brand.

It had a rich garnet colour and was very bright on the eye.

A strong blackcurrant nose, however on the palate this wine seems to be one dimensional and one of those without complexity at all.

A disappointing start for this episode!

 

 

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Virgin Atlantic Upper-Class Crozes Hermitage Wine (Episode 128 Part 4)

In the last part of this episode, we taste another wine from Virgin Atlantic’s upper-class cabin; a 2016 Laurent Combier Crozes-Hermitage.

What another great wine to serve it’s upper-class passengers.

It’s available online for just under £22 a bottle and given it’s complexity, it soft and smooth tannins and it’s great length a very fair price.

Once again a big thank you to Virgin Atlantic, Ali and Saleem for arranging the samples.

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Harry & Megan’s Wedding and Virgin Atlantic’s Upper-Class White Bourgogne Wine (Episode 128 Part 3)

In the third part of this episode, we taste some first class Bourgogne Chardonnay wine served by Virgin Atlantic to their Upper-Class passengers.

A really classy wine and as described in the video it’s lush and extremely well balanced.

This wine is available online for under £18 if you fancy trying it, just google Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Chardonnay, a great price for such a complex and well-balanced wine. Especially when you consider that it effectively has Royal approval, being served at Windsor Castle to toast Harry & Megan at their wedding reception!

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Pol Roger Champagne (Episode 122 Part 5)

Finally, in part 5 of this episode, we taste the most expensive of our five Champagnes.

This champagne proved to be more complex than the previous four champagnes we tasted in this episode.

It only just nudged into its pole position ahead of Ambriel, so depending on whether you were sitting down totally concentrating on what you were drinking or whether you were enjoying a social occasion may well determine which champagne you would choose.

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Vollereaux Champagne (Episode 122 Part 4)

This Champagne at twice the cost of the Lois Delaunay Champagne we tasted in part two of this episode was not, in our view, as good.

We do emphasise however that this is a totally subjective view and you may very well love it!

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Louis Delaunay Champagne (Episode 122 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a glass of budget champagne and compare it the champagne we tasted in part one, one of the biggest names in Champagne, Moet Chandon.

This Champagne can be purchased at Tesco for £14.00, so it is actually half the price of the Moet Chandon we tasted in part 1 which makes it a “no-brainer” in terms of which one to chose!

As promised in the video here is a link to the first time we tried the Ambriel Cuvee which we are about to taste in the next part of this episode.

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