Speaking of anti-cyclical planning, we battled against the zeitgeist (or shitegeist as David McWilliams now calls it) by having a great Louis Roederer tasting the other night, presented with characteristic panache by Charles Searson (thanks again Charles). The wines tasted were:
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - this is one of my favourite NV champagnes - very stylish, easy-drinking style with plenty of depth and concentration.
Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2000 - crisp, fresh on the palate but broadens out on the finish. Loads of fruit, would be a very good food wine.
Louis Roederer Rose 2003 - strawberries and raspberries on the nose, quite muted. Fruit explodes on the palate, suave and delicious. Put away for a few years.
Cristal 2002 - one of the great vintages of this great champagne. This is all about elegance, concentration and complexity. Still a baby, but amazing.
Louis Roederer Vintage 1996 - another great vintage, this was drinking beautifully. Secondary notes were prevalent and enhanced the complexity - beautifully balanced, elegant and concentrated.
A great tasting.