May 11, 1999

Blowing bubbles at Lee's, or what you might not be drinking for the Millennium

It was twelve years since Lee had a sparkling tasting, and he thought that it would be a good idea to have another. However, to judge from the massed groans of the assembly, maybe he shouldn't have bothered. As Tippler after Tippler appeared, there were bewilderment as bubbly after bubbly was served, followed by muttering about the lack of red wine disqualified the tasting completely.

We started with the the mandatory Mansfield Memorial Canadian entrant; Hillebrand Trius sparkler (~$18.00) was undistinguished, and felt to be a little improvement on the Dago cava job. The Piper Heidseck NV (~$34.00) with lots of life, predominately citrusy, was rated only average. We moved to the New World for a Roederer Estate ($25.00) which has a toasty nose and bags of flavour. Gus I'm not a bubbly drinker' felt that even he might buy this one.

Lenoble NV is from a small champagne house that Vintages had in the last year, Very good, and felt to be a good value at $27.00 Alas no longer available. We then sampled the Pol Roger 1998 (49.50). A beautiful wine but not many fork out the necessary.

To stave off impeachment, Lee then produced a red wine, albeit an Aussie Cab. Sauv. Bubbly, the Yalumba which had recently been reduced because nobody but Pitman was buying it. The Tipplers were not impressed.

A sweetish Prosecco completed the effervescent gathering and the Tipplers departed, thankful that Lee would not have another bubbly tasting this millennium.

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