Horses, Fashion and Wine

 2 November 2013. It’s Spring Racing season in Melbourne Australia. A time for the glitz and glamour of the horse races with ladies fashion, great racing and hopefully a few winning bets. Today is Derby Day, one of the major race days of the spring racing carnival.
 DerbyDay13With the weather being a warm 30 degrees celsius it was the perfect occasion for dressing up, heading for the track and drinking some fine champagne. Our friends Peter and Jane bought a bottle of 2004 Dom and we bought a 2004 Grand Annee….and what a great pair of wines!
2004 Dom Perignon. Flagship wine of Moët and Chandon
 2004 Dom Perignon
The 2004 is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay from an excellent vintage in the Champagne region. The wine has a persistent bead and lovely mousse on pouring. The nose was vibrant and had lovely floral, honeycomb and citrus characters. The palate was sensational with lovely fresh acidity, a light toastiness, pear, grapefruit and hints of honeycomb. Rich, elegant and lingering on the finish. Score 96/100 with great cellaring potential. AU$150-$190
2004 Bollinger Grand Annee. Marquee wine of Bollinger
 2004 Grand Annee
This is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay sourced from Grand Cru vineyards (76%) and Premier Cru vineyards (24%). The wine poured with a light bead and rich creamy mousse. The nose was instantly rich and intense with grapefruit, white peach, lemon curd, praline and fresh baked bread.  There was a mouth filling richness consistent with the higher percentage of Pinot Noir in comparison to the Dom. There were flavours of grapefruit, peach, honeycomb and fresh toast with a long and persistent finish. Another sensational wine! Score 96/100. Price range AU$150-200.
Preferred Wine??  Preference came to personal taste, the Dom had more acid, minerality and elegance and the Grand Annee was a richer, creamier mouthfilling style. Me, I had a slight preference for the Grand Annee, but would drink either any day of the week! The only sour note was that I didn’t win a single dollar from all my bets!! Can’t win them all…….

Ata Rangi Rules!

2008 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir.

Tasted 28/8/13.Purchased this bottle in New Zealand from Ata Rangi’s Martinborough cellar door 3 years ago and keen to see any development. Poured a big glass. Bright cherry colour. No sign of age. And what a great sniff! Lovely lifted cherry fruit, a little forest floor and hint of earth. The palate followed through on the promise. Creamy cherry fruit, lovely soft savoriness and velvet tannins. A long finish with a good Pinot power wave.

Retasted 29/8/13. Nose has developed more secondary characters. Sappy, spicy forest floor, with less pronounced but still beautiful cherry/raspberry fruit. Long soft palate packed with flavor and long lifted finish. Great wine, great enjoyment! Didn’t leave any for a third day….. Score 95/100