A quick visit to @brasseriecantillonofficiel today yielded the opportunity to try a very young experiment. This Zusslin-Cantillon is bottled with 75% two year old lambic and 25% sweet white wine from Domaine Valentin Zusslin in Alsace. This isn’t the first Cantillon blend to have been done with this winemaker, but it is the first co-blended lambic/wine that we’ve seen. Only 30L were produced and it was blended in a glass demijohn. Having been bottled less than two weeks ago, no one is really sure where this one is going to go. The wine used for this blend (no one could immediately recall which varietal it was) was stopped fermenting at around 8-10% leaving a lot of residual sugars. Initial impressions of the blend were that the vinous characteristics are still dominating all aspects (smell, taste, body, etc) and that the lambic still needed time to work its way further into the blend. Nose was very dense yet quite fruity with notes of tropical fruits and a hint of brett. The taste had a natural fruit sweetness up front (light stone fruit) but after it has time to open up it had a very interesting mineral salinity that stuck to the back of the lips. In the end, it actually becomes a bit dry. No carbonation yet, but being just a very young experiment there is tons of room for this bottle to grow. With the grape and wine era in full swing at Cantillon now, it will be really interesting to see what direction the lambic goes in now.