The Hedonistic Taster
Exotic + Sparkling Wine Holiday Edition
by L.M. Archer
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with readers.
Please enjoy this Exotic Wines Holiday edition, showcasing bubbles from Champagne and Alsace, Pinot Noir from New Zealand, and red wines of Chile.
Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.
Wine: Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Rosé Sauvage
Robe: Distinctive, deep scarlet robe. Tiny, effusive bubbles rise to a luxurious mousse.
Nose: Burnished biscuit and lush strawberry aromas.
Bouche: A gloriously dry, well-orchestrated riot of pink grapefruit and blood orange play upon the palate. A champagne both endlessly entertaining, and deeply satisfying.
Wine: Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Brut
Robe: Deep, amber-gold robe. Profuse, pinpoint perling eddies into a profuse mousse.
Nose: An exotic ambrosia of brioche, butterscotch and floral aromas.
Bouche: A well-balanced, textural tap dance of pear, grapefruit and citrus upon the palate.
Wine: Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace
Robe: Vivid golden hue.
Nose: A bright bouquet of white floral notes, pinhead beading, and generous mousse.
Bouche: A cuvée of 50% Pinot Blanc, 50% Auxerrois that offers a well-rounded, fresh mouthfeel, with notes of golden apple and yellow stone fruit.
This crémant checks all the right boxes: quality, affordability, and charm – suitable for any celebration.
Wine: Château de Sales Pomerol – Bordeaux, FR.
Vintage: 2015 & 2016
Robe: Deep garnet robe.
2015: Plush red fruit gives way to lush plum and muted, earthy aromas.
2016: More pronounced red fruits, black tea and green pepper back note.
2015: Supple tannins, velvety red fruit and lush black plum on entry through to mid-palate, with a wisp of spice box through to the refined finish.
2016: Raspberry coulis gives way to blackberry, with a hint of black pepper and capsicum on the finish.
Wine: Odfjell Armador Cabernet Sauvignon Organic Wine – Valle del Maipo, Chile
Robe: Deep ruby-violet robe.
Nose: A cornucopia of red fruit, spice and mushroom aromas.
Bouche: “Armador’ means shipbuilder. Owner Dan Odfjell, a Norwegian shipowner turned South American organic winemaker, captures the essence of adventure in this surprisingly light-medium bodied, high quality, entry-level 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley in Chile.
Tasty red fruit lead through to spice and licorice mid-palate, with a hint of cocoa on the lingering finish.
Wine: Odfjell Orzada Carignan Organic Wine – Valle del Maule, Chile
Robe: Deep purple hue rimmed in ruby.
Nose: A mélange of juniper, clove, and loam.
Bouche: Light-to-medium body, bright acids on the attack that soften to silky tannins on the finish.
Savory hints of tamarind, persimmon and plum leave a patina of umami on the finish.
“Orzada” means ‘to sail into the wind.” For anyone with doubts about trying a Carignan dominant – worth sailing into the wind for this one.
Wine: Odfjell Aliara Organic Wine – Valle Central, Chile
Robe: Intense garnet robe.
Nose: A heady array of tobacco, sous bois, and rich red fruit.
Bouche: This 65% Carignan, 20% Syrah, and 15% Malbec light-bodied, artfully balanced red blend shape-shifts between blue and red fruits, with a fillip of fennel and pinch of tobacco to add interest and depth.
A ‘liara’ was a tin cup measurement used in sailing to denote a crew’s daily ration of wine. This assemblage will leave you wishing to exceed your own daily wine ration.
Wine: Wairau River Pinot Noir – Marlborough, NZ.
Robe: Pellucid ruby robe.
Nose: Dusty rocks, and steely blue and black fruit aromas.
Bouche: Light-bodied, well-structured array of red currant, cranberry, and bramble berry, with a gunmetal finish. A quality value wine.
Have a favorite exotic or sparkling wine? Feel free to leave your comments below.
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