Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Reims, Champagne
🇫🇷 Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 60 % Pinot Noir
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2007
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 25,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 07 Jan 2020
Charles Gabriel De Cazanove founded his Champagne house in Avize 1811, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, Champagne.
The house offers different champagne brands, e.g. Vieulle France, Stradivarius and others. Stradivarius is the name of the house’s prestige cuvée. The name refers to Antonio Stradivari’s instruments. Those are regarded as one of the finest bowed stringed instruments ever created. That the Stradivarius champagne is intended to be different is obviously. The bottle itself has a classical bottle form for that reason. An apple shape. Those bottles were common in the 18th century.
Bought at a super discount price in a french supermarket. Sold out at the Champagne house.
Gold and yellow tones. Very small bubbles that are without a doubt nicely incorporated in the liquid.
Lemony, leesy and malty.
Fruit notes such as citrus, wild peach and pear. Afterwards it is evolving towards brioche and roasted beans. Furthermore the palate is getting more intense with every sip. Fresh acidity. Rich aftertaste with a fresh, fruity and extra dry finish.
Charles de Cazanove, Stradivarius, 2007 is undeniably perfectly aged. A bubbly made with love.
POP or FLOP
POP. No disgorgement date, but still full taste after 13 years in the bottle.
A survivor. We opened the bottle in France for a first taste. Then it took a 500 km ride to Germany on bumpy roads. The drink looked very dead the day after. It tasted delicious and there were still plenty of bubbles left. Charles de Cazanove, Stradivarius, 2007 is certainly a heavenly drink and I wish I would have bought more.
Cellar Tours and Champagne Tasting
Charles de Cazanove offers cellar tours in French and English. The price includes a Champagne sample. You can taste bubbles however without a tour. Then a glass costs € 5.00.
In addition to its own sparkling wines, Charles de Cazanove offers champagne together with winemakers like Champagne G.H. Martel, Champagne Paul Louis Martin, Champagne Chateau de Bligny, Champagne Charles Orban and finally Champagne Mansard.
I visited Charles de Cazanove in Reims. Here you can read what happened during my visit.