TASTING OF THE YEAR – FRIDAY 28 JULY FROM 4.30PM
ANDRE CLOUET CHAMPAGNE TASTING
HOSTED BY JEAN-FRANCOISE CLOUET
We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting Jean-Francoise Clouet, from our favourite champagne house – Andre Clouet – later this month. On Thursday 27th July he will be at The Wolfe in East Brisbane for an intimate dinner, then at Craft on Friday 28th for our regular tasting (don’t – whatever you do – miss this one). Seats for dinner at The Wolfe are VERY limited. Please register your interest at the store ASAP. (don’t – whatever you do – miss this one).
One of the wines making an appearance at the dinner is the 2008 Clos de Bouzy. This is rare Clouet, bottled only in magnums, from the small walled pinot vineyard of old vines directly behind the Clouet winery. It sits immediately next door to Bollinger’s vineyard from which it sourced its expensive VVF. We have managed to secure 6 magnums.
Bouzy and Ambonnay are the epicentre of pinot noir in Champagne, and the Clouet family is the privileged custodian of eight hectares of estate vines in the best middle slopes of both villages. These are rich and concentrated expressions of pinot noir, wines of deep complexity, multi-faceted interest and engaging character, yet with remarkable restraint and sense of control. Recent tastings confirm my impression that this small and relatively unknown grower ranks high among Champagne’s finest practitioners of pinot noir. TYSON STELZER