HDH Wine

Champagne Event Review 

Our most recent tasting, which featured fine vintage and non-vintage Champagnes of exceptional quality, went off beautifully on August the 2nd, 2007. Held in the sultry summer air on the roof-deck of Chicago’s incomparable East Bank Club, over 50 guests were cooled by both the wind and a range of twenty-one excellent bottles of Champagne. The wines poured this evening ranged from artisanal owner-growers like Paul Goerg and Michel Arnould, to historically-important houses like Charles Heidsieck and Taittinger, to bubbly heavy-weights like Veuve Clicquot and Krug. Each admirably displayed their strengths and unique characteristics much to the delight of everyone. Here is a list of the wines tasted:

Many of the wines poured that night are still available for sale and we invite you to download our order sheet and fax us your order to: 312-335-9096. Or, you can simply e-mail our Retail Sales Department with your order request.

Following are a few wine reviews recorded from that evening’s festivities that you may find useful:

Michele Arnould Brut NV (in magnum)
One of the best values from Champagne these days and even better when available in magnum format. This beautiful grower champagne, consisting of 2/3rds Pinot noir 1/3rd Chardonnay reveals a clean crisp acidity with bright pinot fruit, with a clean and full bodied nutty finish.

Paul Goerg Brut, 2000
Another small, owner-grower producer based in Vertus, the heart of the "Cotes de Blancs." This is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and is a joy to drink. A bright, apple and apricot nose leads to a focused and complex mouthful of wine that has a fine mousse and rich finish. 
Paul Goerg Brut, “Lady M” 1998
This house’s “tete de cuvee” is packed with aromas of brioche and quince. A 95% Chardonnay/5% Pinot Noir blend, this wine is a baby whose core is tightly wound around a superfine mousse, racy acidity and an expansive chalky finish. Needs a little time to flesh out, but will be great!

Charles Heidsieck, Brut Blanc de Millenaires, 1995
100% Chardonnay goodness! Aromas of peach and hazelnut intertwine in a very focused mid- palate filled with brioche and apples. This house’s fine, fine mousse is on display and leads to a lovely, perfectly balanced finish. Truly lovely bubbly!

Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1996
Beautiful light straw/ gold in color, with hints of brioche with great citrus notes, a bit muted at first, this really began to show after about 30 minutes open. More approachable than most 1996 champagne I have tasted recently.

Roederer Cristal Brut, 1999
Light straw color. Tangy notes of apple and citrus envelope a fine mousse. The finish displays a distinct minerality that lends the wine an overall youthful and powerful presence.  
Krug Grand Cuvee Brut

Quality wine making is ever-present here, as this champagne never disappoints, and maybe it is due to the 30+ years they have spent perfecting the Grand Cuvee style. While bigger-framed, this displays great nuttiness and bread tones while not being too overbearing.

Krug Brut 1995
This is a real baby and needs lots and lots of time to shed its skin, but currently shows a very delicate style, with very subtle hints of rich nuts with a creamy finish, highly recommended that one buys it now in order to consume it in 10 years!

Billecart Salmon Rose Brut, NV
Pale pink. Elegant aromas of strawberries and raspberries. Nice weight for a refreshing Rose that never dissappoints.

Delamotte Rose Brut, NV
Pale pink. Pretty nose--floral overtones and elegant aromas of strawberry and rhubarb. Mineral notes in the finish. Vibrant, yet elegant acidity...a lovely Rose.

Dom Ruinart Rose Brut, NV
Rich pink. Forward nose of strawberries and cherries. Elegant texture, nice acidity. Long finish.