Daniel Cheurlin (NM), Brut, Champagne de Lozey, Celles sur Source, Aube, France, 1999
This wine: (label) 70% chardonnay with pinot noir, natural mushroom cork closure, 12% abv, Gauntleys, £45 (12/16)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of stewed and baked apple with leaf tea, raisin, dried stone fruit, beeswax and a honeyed edge; medium bodied, balancing acidity, with a palate of stewed and baked apple, bakery notes, and a nutty edge. A cream mousse with a long persistence along with a long length overall. Try a little exposure to oxygen, by decanting into a jug, then refilling the bottle and capping with a saver for an hour, then serve.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of stewed apple with a caramelised edge, warm brioche, leaf tea, crumbled digestive biscuits, hints of raisin and dried stone fruit, beeswax, touch honeyed.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol and a medium body, a smooth texture with a noticeable grip, medium (+) intensity, showing flavours of baked and stewed apple, edge of danish pastry, warm brioche, croissant, roasted nutty hints on the end. A creamy mousse with a long persistence, and a long length with a stewed caramelised apple finish.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, matched with the decent flavour intensity, a similar flavour concentration, showing some complexity from time on the lees, and in bottle with notes of raisin and honey, with a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – already showing advanced signs of bottle age, intensity and concentration are alright but nothing special, will keep for a year or so.