What’s in the glass tonight October 10th


Moet vs Deutz

Moet vs Deutz

L and I and the kids popped over to where the Aussies were staying and shared a last meal with them before they flew back home on Sunday.

Chippies, oven-baked spring rolls, take away pizzas. We provided the bubbles: generous wedding gifts – NV Moet & Chandon Brut from Rheims, and NV Deutz Methode Brut from Marlborough. I thought it would be interesting to compare them side-by-side – local fizz vs French fizz, in plasticware…

The Moet was ripe and fresh and clean with fine bubbles. It had a really delicious attack and went down dangerously easily with little of the Champagne bitter finish.  On the other hand, the Deutz in comparison tasted more tart and angular, less ripe. The bubbles were coarser and the overall impression was somewhat more muscular and less refined. Interesting. This perhaps shows the effect of winemaking style, vine age and vintage ripeness, but is probably one of the few situations where a higher price does deliver an appropriate reward.

Straight to the Pool Room – November 2014


Pool Room Nov 2014

A small selection of leftovers from the big party, and a couple of gifts:

Moët & Chandon NV – drink 2015-2017. Gift. Not sure of the disgorgement date. Going to hold on to it until Christmas Day I expect and share it with L and our parents. I don’t drink enough good bubbles!

Chateau Teyssier St Emilion Grand Cru 2010 – drink 2015-2020. A gift from a good friend. High 80s points I think.

Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir Waipara 2013 – drink 2016-2017. Not built for that long a hibernation I think but worth a punt.

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 – drink 2015-2017.

I have a short list of value NZ 2013s I still want to collect before the year is out, so may add to the Pool Room shortly.