Your favorite blanc de blancs
A well-versed wine friend and I were perhaps making plans for a best-of blanc de blancs tasting, without a budget. Going for up to possibly 7 or 8 bottles. Both vintage and NV are eligible. Our list so far:
Krug Clos du Mesnil
Jacques Selosse Version Originale
Charles Heisieck Blanc de Millenaires
And then we ran out of ideas? Taittinger Comtes and PJ Fleur are both nice, but I don't believe to be in the same league as the others. What else should make this list?
My best blanc de blancs experience:
Ruinart 96, following a magnum of Dhondt 2002 blanc de blancs, at Balthazar, following a long night of work, with a jumbo platter of fruits de mer. The manager was also smart enough to bring us white wine glasses instead of the flutes. Not sure what we were celebrating other than, well, life!
also, in my experience tait's comtes in a great vintage belongs in your tasting.
i have also had some extraordinary ones from some of terry thiese's portfolio but cannot recall specifics. you can find his annual report on the skurnik website and terry's descriptions tend to be pretty reliable.
have only read good things of cedric, but am unable to find too many of his wines to try. thank you. will actively look for them.
i, too have had great champagnes out of the theise portfolio, egly-ouriet, aubry, chiquet, chartogne taillet, but truthfully have never found any of the blanc de blancs to be as good as something like the Taittinger Comtes.
Dhondt is indeed great, and the list you have there is pretty strong. I would certainly put Comtes in my top tier, and agree that PJ is nice but not up to that level. This year I've had incredible '66 and '82 Billecart BdB, and considering how good theCuvee Elizabeth and Clos St Hilaire '96 are, would expect the BdB '96 to be outstanding too if you can't find those.
I haven't had the BdB, but the Pol Roger '99 brut is excellent, so I'd be hopeful about that too, and some very good things seem to be happening at Henriot, so that might be worth throwing in if you have a flight of more modestly priced wines.
Am not a high roller and don't hang with any, so my experiences with luxury cuvées are few and far between. That said, my two encounters with Sélosse wines simply stunned me.
Anyway, ditto on the Agrapart Minéral, even in the current vintage (2003); I'd love to taste some of their other cuvées like the L'Avizoise. I'm also a fan of Jacques Lassaigne's pure and elegant blancs de blancs and Pierre Gimonnet's "Special Club" and "Collection" bottlings.