Bill Murray Shares His Champagne Drinking Secrets
– Candy Champagne
I mentioned The Beer Addict in my last blog about the tasting of all tastings. He recently sent us this blurb about Bill Murray’s champagne drinking secrets. It is a light and fun blurb that I thought all the Champagne Addicts out there might get a good laugh about.
BILL MURRAY – “I learned how to drink champagne a while ago. But the way I like to drink champagne is I like to make what we call a Montana Cooler, where you buy a case of champagne and you take all the bottles out, and you take all the cardboard out, and you put a garbage bag inside of it, then you put all the bottles back in and then you cover it with ice, and then you wrap it up and you close it. And that will keep it all cold for a weekend and you can drink every single bottle. And the way I like to drink it in a big pint glass with ice. I fill it with ice and I pour the champagne in it, because champagne can never be too cold. And the problem people have with champagne is they drink it and they crash with it, because the sugar content is so high and you get really dehydrated. But if you can get the ice in it, you can drink it supremely cold and at the same time you’re getting the melting ice, so it’s like a hydration level, and you can stay at this great level for a whole weekend. You don’t want to crash. You want to keep that buzz, that bling, that smile”.
Later in the feature, he says this about his favourite champagnes:
“When I lived in Paris I drank this one called Lanson. Although I did once have a bottle of 1978 Dom Perignon, and that was amazing. It probably cost a fortune. I didn’t pay for it”.
I discovered Lanson on my first trip to Reims, France in 2001. It was an unassuming champagne house next to a little tucked away hotel where we were staying. I didn’t know much about Lanson at the time but over the years I have come to enjoy their signature champagne, the “Black Label”, a non-vintage Brut champagne. I have not tried it but Alison Napjus gave their Gold Label, 2002 Vintage, a 93 rating! In 2010, to mark Lanson’s 250’s anniversary, they released a special cuvee known as Lanson Extra Age (X.A.).
A few more champagnes to try thanks to Bill Murray!