New wine, old friends. Thanks @ianmagiros for cheering me up with this totally unique and thoughtful Champagne from R. Dumont - another mind blowing wine brought in through @winetraditions
For the Solera Reserve Brut, winemaker Bernard Dumont began holding back Chardonnay in 1991, kept in a 120hl barrel where the base wine continues to age after its first fermentation. 30% is fractions off for bottling and new wine from the current years harvest is added. The first bottling wasn’t made until 2010. While this isn’t a traditional solera by any means, there is definitely a noticeable profile lent from the percentage of old wine in the mix. This champagne offers a full, richness from the age of the base wine with underlying flavors of dried hay, cheese rind, dried white flowers and white mushroom. This is a stark contrast from other non-vintage champagnes that are made from youthful base wines, and then spend a longer amount of time aging on the lees. This is quite a departure from the leesy-ness you’d maybe expect otherwise.
Pretty cool! Also, if you didn’t know, @champagnebureau has a fun champagne playlist on Spotify. So indulge away nerds!