|Wine||House of Arras|
|Varietal||Blanc De Blancs (Chardonnay) 100%|
|Region||Upper Derwent, Huon, Estuary, Lower Derwent|
|Vintage Conditions||A wet winter and warm conditions from spring were the basis for a strong canopy and good vine health. Crop set was moderate and the prevalence mild and dry conditions resulted in slow and constant fruit maturation. The grapes ripened perfectly in the bright autumn sunshine and 2005 has since proven to be one of the best vintages of the decade with wines of great flavour depth, minerality and structural elegance.|
Good evening wine lovers!
Tonight I venture away from my safe haven and review something that is quite different to what I would normally run to the bottle shop for. This was a wine that I first got the chance to look at as part of a wine course that I did a couple of months back. I got to look at both the 2004 and 2005 vintage of the Blanc De Blancs. Tonight’s review will be primarily spent looking at the 2005 vintage of the Arras wine. However, I will make a cross reference to the 2004 wine.
I am not a person whom is mad on champagne, but, if you can find me a good one I’ll get all around it. This wine, as I stated was something that I came across, as part of a wine course that I did, and these two wines absolutely blew me away!
What do we get from the blanc de blancs? Well unlike your conventional champagne this one is something just that little bit extra. The Arras represents a greater density in style of the wine that almost bullies in smells of sweetness and beautiful rich buttery smells.
Thus, the 2005 Arras Blanc de Blancs gives off rich aromas of butter, brioche, mushroom/truffles, grapefruit, baked pie crusts, and biscuits. This wine is such a rich dense beautiful wine, and the 2005 unlike the 2004 actually doesn’t have such a rich aroma, however it does transmit fantastic aromas that are more variable than the 2004 and also the 2005 allows some real minerality to actually seep through on the nose. The 2004 smells like the richer bigger wine, but the 2005 is better at giving you a better aroma profile. (You pick up a lot more things on the nose.)
On the palate and it quite different to any champagne style wine I have ever come across, and like its smell; this wine carries the same characters over to the palate. I actually enjoyed the 2005 Arras more than I enjoyed the 2004; although, the 2004 which I got to try first blew me away, and the 2005 caused me to require a towel afterwards. The 2005 wine although not as bold in its character, actually seems more complete as a wine and thus, I think well deserves a better overall rating than the 2004.
The SA Wine Guy