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Fine Wine By Candlelight: Champagne Thursday 30/10/14

Hosted by Lee Isaacs

The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB.

I always enjoy the candlelight tastings as they are something a little different. I firmly believe that what makes wine so special is the time and place in which it is consumed. With these events I try to make the wine almost secondary to good company and conversation. I have seemed to succeed so far.

With this tasting I hoped to serve some interesting Champagne that would provoke conversation and make us think. The opening two wines were polar opposites with the Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut being bone dry and the Roederer demi-sec showing some sweetness. The Taittinger rosé was liked but considered a touch simple and perhaps over fruity. The final two were what made this evening special. The penultimate wine was the Gosset Blanc de Blanc; 100% Chardonnay and simply sublime. This was rich, elegant and had subtle caramel notes but was all about purity. We finished on the Dom Perignon 2004 which was enjoyed but considered too young. The Gosset was easily the stand out wine at this tasting but what really made the night was a lovely group of people happy to chat and enjoy each others company. 

Lee Isaacs - Branch Manager.