Nicolas Feuillatte 2005 'Cuvee 225'
Aged for at least 4 years, Cuvee 225 derives its name from the liter capacity of the oak barrel in which it has been fermented. The oak supports the evolution of the different wines and plays an important role in developing their tasting profile. Furthermore, barrel fermentation allows greater rigor when selecting the cru wines, by magnifying the character of each grape variety. A specific selection of Premier Cru or Grand Cru make up the blend, selected for their unique character and intrinsic qualities.
On the eye: The stunning, gleaming, golden-yellow, almost straw-like appearance offers instant allure.
On the nose: The oak character adds considerably to the harmony and intensity of the aromas in this overtly elegant wine, while playing only a subtle, supporting role, and never dominating. Delicious and appealing, delicate, sweet notes develop on the bouquet, where vanilla, gentle spices and ripe straw take the lead, underscored by more rounded, candied aromas of lemon and orange.
On the palate: This Champagne reflects the complexity of the vintage and reveals great finesse. In harmony with the bouquet, the palate delivers subtle soft notes of spices and citrus fruit in perfect balance. An overwhelming sense of freshness cleans the palate to glorious effect. 2008 Cuvee 225 is a deeply, satisfying wine; a Champagne to savour at length.
Aperitif: Scampi and caviar toasts
Starter: Scallop Carpaccio and celeriac mousse
Main: Crayfish ravioli
Dessert: Pecan nut waffles