Matthew's World of Wine and Drink

About Matthew's World of Wine and Drink.

This blog began as a record of taking the WSET Diploma, during which I studied and explored wines and spirits made all around the world. Having passed the Diploma and become a WSET Certified Educator, the blog has become much more: a continual outlet for my passion for the culture of wine, spirits, and beer.

I aim to educate in an informal, enlightening, and engaging manner. As well as maintaining this blog to track my latest enthusiasms, I provide educational tastings for restaurants and for private groups. Details can be found on the website, and collaborations are welcome.

Wine is my primary interest and area of expertise and this blog aims to immerse the reader in the history of wine, to understand why wine tastes like it does, and to explore all the latest news. At the same time, beer and spirits will never be ignored. 

For the drinker, whether casual or professional, today is a good time to be alive.

Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2010

Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2010

Louis Roederer are one of the great Champagne producers. Like Veuve Clicquot, their success in the nineteenth century came from exports to Russia. So fashionable were they that Tsar Alexander II commissioned a wine bottled in crystal. The crystal bottling was only done a couple of times because it’s completely impractical, but that history forms the basis behind the name of one of Champagne’s great and most expensive wines, Cristal.

Roederer are unusual in that they own 70% of the land for their fruit and in that they’re biodynamic. This control over the vineyard ensures a consistent quality, and Roederer are a producer always worth returning to.  

Roederer’s Blanc de Blancs - meaning it’s 100% Chardonnay - is similar in style to Cristal. It’s still expensive at $80, but it’s also wonderful - and champagne is the one wine you have to splash out on and it’s usually worth it. The 2010 Blanc de Blancs is an elegant wine, delicate and closed at first. As it opens up, it becomes more expressive. There are light green and citrus fruit aromas, with lees aromas of biscuit, and mature aromas of nuts. That restrained nose comes alive on the palate, which has an unexpected and wonderfully rich creaminess. Dosage is 9g/L, which adds some body to the wine, though this is all about the delicacy and elegance of the texture. This is is champagne at its subtlest and most inviting.  

Price: $80

Vintage: 2010

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

Alcohol: 12%

Region: Champagne

Ageing: 60 months

Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪✪

Drink: now-2030

Food pairing: hard cheese; anything toasty or bready; white fish; oysters


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