MALTERNATIVE BELGIUM LA FETE FRANCOIS VOYER LOT 71 G.C 43,3%
Hymn to eccentricity
Good Morning Belgium! #1 (Part II)
A 50yo G.C celebrating Belgian national day (beautiful label by the way). François Voyer is a well-known Grande Champagne house, particularly for its vineyard commitment (CEC, HVE) and its very old G.C eaux-de-vie. Let’s see if this Malternative Belgium La Fête makes me sing La Brabançonne.
Colour: Amber, gold lights. Regular heavy tears
Nose: Great exotic fruits rancio at first. Roasted pineapple, mango juice. Beautiful freshness in the background on menthol and eucalyptus, maybe on sandalwood too. Well built G.C without any doubt. Still on impressive freshness, a tad of mint leaves, tarragon and sandalwood. Mango again and a full spoon of flambéed bananas. Stop it! Dashes of spice in the background with a bit of air, something between ras al anout and caraway.
Palate: Very sweet texture with acidulous tones, the kind of acidulous sides you also find in some old P.C (Corbeille de Fruits, Cognac de Pierre, Grosperrin P.C 1974). Mind-blowing mix of watermelon juice and banana cake. That’s a really delicious palate. Great mouth length by the way. Toasted notes on burnt wood and freshly ground coffee. A tad of licorice too. Still the delicious exotic concerto in Mango Major previously perceived.
Last Notes: Camphory and very fresh notes with more air. Mint leaves, freshly cut basil, Sichuan pepper and a bit of balsamic tones too. Rosemary and eucalyptus emphasize this impression of freshness. Nice umami shades on black tea, soy sauce and a little bit of white mushrooms scents. What about the palate? Exotic fruits are back again. Pineapple juice, mango juice. Strong rancio here for sure, something between cedar wood and overripe melon. Triple bang. Crazy G.C, far from the monolithic G.C style (Jean Fillioux N°1 for exemple) which is not less interesting by the way. Generous mouth length on papaya and licorice. Gentle au-revoir on dates paste and fig marmalade.
No compromises with this Malternative Belgium « La Fête » . Gigantic fresh & fruity G.C monster dressed in a rancio tuxedo. Fully Hors d’Age approved.
My very subjective note: 91+/100