POLKA DOT: Pellizotti
LANTERNE ROUGE: Yauheni Hutarovich
REMARKS: “resplendent in yellow”
NOTES: We were excited to see that Hutarovich took fifth place in the stage.
COMMENTS: That Joan of Arc statue is quite ugly from the back.
WINE: Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix Champagne
GRAPE(S): Pinot Noir
NOTES: Bouzy is famous for its Pinot Noir. Compared to Ambonnay, it is more mineral and has less macerated red fruit character. There is a certain nervous edge to the wines. Large in overall structure, maybe even robust, with smoky bacon overtones, there is still an underlying elegance, an acid and mineral kick that concentrates all the flavours. The Vesselle family has been vignerons in Bouzy for 300 years and farm 11ha of vines in two parcels. All are Grand Cru with 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. Delphine Vesselle carries on the family tradition after her father passed away at an early age in 1996. After 6 years at Lycee Viticole de la Champagne, she worked in South Africa, Australia and Japan. The wines show their Pinot Noir heritage, but there is a subtlety and elegance which makes the entire range of Champagnes very enchanting.
COMMENTS: Seems we got quite a bargain on it, which is nice since we didn’t like it as much as the previous two sparking wines of the tour. Still, went nicely with our Japanese fusion breakfast (congrats to Beppu on the breakaway!), including squash blossoms stuffed with king mushrooms.