Yep, those are worms. Sago worms to be precise, and I never thought the day would arrive where I’d be pairing champagne with fried worms. But true to its reputation as the most democratic of wines, champagne and worms turned out to be a pretty wicked match.
Worm-wise, it was quite delicious deep-fried. These sago worms feed only on the pith of sago palm trees, so they come out plump, creamy, and pretty much funk-free. Earthy and slightly sweet, they kind of tasted like fried mushrooms, but with gooey texture.
As for the 16’ Les Maillons, it was truly a joy to drink. I would even be so bold to say that it was drinking at its peak. Concentrated and complex, yet so precise and energetic. Aromas of red apples, apricot, sea breeze, toasted almonds, white flowers, cream, and nutmeg. On the palate, it was textural and full-bodied. Not the most mineral champagne, but it was certainly racy and saline in the backend. Juicy red fruits, zingy lemon, creamy richness, and plenty of spices in the mouth. So delicious, and before we knew it, we bottomed out. A great success and easily one of the best champagnes this year. — 12 days ago
With New Years around the corner, grab something nice. Made with 100% Pinot Noir from 10 different "crus " (or villages), from the North & South areas of the Montagne de Reims, as well as the famous Cote de Bouzy. Deep salmon pink with full aromas of berry fruit and citrus mineral notes wrapped in a delicate fine mousse. On the palate flavors of raspberry and strawberry, bright acidity with spicy notes and orange zest. Long silky finish, ending with earthy yeasty mineral character. — 22 days ago
Very tasty. A touch oxidized in the nose but with air the citrus flavors really blossomed. A winner, plus love the old style bottle. — 6 days ago
My first encounter with DP calls for more. 6/12-2023 [The Samuel, Hellerup] — 2 days ago
Drinking at the source…Les Avises restaurant at Jacques Selosse. Home for the weekend at Hoteles Avises.
Bucket list wine for me and it lived up to the hype. I love the Selosse champagnes for their oxidative profile and was curious how a rosé would drink made in that same manner…just a hint of sherry in the glass before an absolute tidal wave of flavor and power. Dried apricot, plum, cranberry and orange marmalade out of the gate. There is a sweet/savory roller coaster showing red flowers and shortbread before a pink sea salt and truffle spice arrives. Texturally, it’s commanding but so cerbreal. If you enjoy Egly Ouriet’s rosé, imagine more depth and complexity and you’ve got it. Stunning rosé and the best rosé champagne I’ve had. — a month ago