Philippe Dechelle: Blanc de Blancs 2008

Made of 100% Chardonnay from Brasles and Les Grands Maries à Gland. Dosage of 5 grams. Yellow golden color with fine bubbles. The first nose is what you smell in a cuverie when the grapes are fermenting, the typical smell of champagne yeasts. After swirling the glass it showed wet brioche, candied grapefruit, lemon curd, pear syrup, mint oil, sweet licorice candy and advokaat egg liqueur with overtones of algues and oyster juice. After a longer while it showed gingerbread with lots of sweet honey and sugar syrup. The mouthfeel is soft and almost sticky, missing energy. On the palate you get candied fruits, sweet pear, apple sauce, honey, chestnut blossom syrup, butter caramel, brioche and gingerbread. The acidity is actually quite balanced but the core of the taste is way too sweet. The finish is medium long and has bakery yeast, breadcrumbs and almond creme. This champagne is just too sweet and too evolved for a 2008. A simple crowdpleaser. Goes well with zakouski with munster and mirabelle plum.

Rating: 75/100