I submitted the manuscript last Sunday night, and the book is fully funded (though you can still support it here).
Here's a fairly ordinary Champagne that you should avoid. More soon.
Barnaut Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Bouzy
Good pale gold. Speedy, tiny bubbles.
Bruised strawberries, green apples, a bit of hay and shortbread. Perhaps a touch of cocoa.
Toothsome, but a bit one dimensional. There's some nice red fruit acidity. But the finish lasts longer than the mousse, giving a still wine texture at the end. That bizarre disjointed note undermines it a bit for me. It should be better, because its simplicity is hugely enjoyable.
Getting a bit thin with air. Becomes less pleasant.
Tasted somewhere in Fulham, 2 June 2013