Tom Hewson, Alan Bednarski and Shane Jones tasted 89 wines with 3 Outstanding and 34 Highly recommended.
Blanc de Blancs Champagne: Panel tasting scores
89 wines tasted
Highly recommended 34
Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit non-vintage and latest-release vintage blanc de blancs Champagnes made from white grapes only.
Blanc de blancs is often touted as a delicate, aperitif-style Champagne. This tasting told a more complex story, however: there were broad, food-friendly examples incorporating smart oak use; sleek, long-aged wines to linger over; and creamy, approachable non-vintage wines, too. The wines that impressed most in this tasting showed the refreshing, often chalky focus that Champagne’s greatest Chardonnay is known for: ‘Depth of flavour, complexity, fine acidity and the potential for positive development in bottle,’ said fellow judge Shane Jones.
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The question mark that hung over the tasting, though, was around style: with warmer vintages bringing ever riper characters to Chardonnay, is blanc de blancs undergoing an image change?