Month: August 2014

Dom Perignon vintage 2000 vs Moet & Chandon Imperial

By Dr Champagne

Greek Champagne called me up to mention that Dom 2000 was on sale on the island for 99 Euro, I of course asked him to buy me a few bottles.

As the day progressed Candy Champagne and I got into a heated discussion on the value added effect of Dom vs Moet so we hastily set up a blind tasting.

Myself. Candy and Greek champagne partook. The nose on the Dom was rich in flavor while the Moët had no nose at all. The Dom was rich in mouthfeel and the taste was yeasty and brioche. The Moët had a smoother mouthfeel and a sweeter finish.

The overall pick was the Dom Perignon vintage 2000.

The tasting was done in Riedel Restaurant Champagne 0446/48 glasses.

Bobo looked on bored as usual but happy I wasn’t picking on Air Canada.

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STILL NO CHAMPAGNE IN AIR CANADA’S FLAGSHIP IN TORONTO

By Dr. Champagne

Sitting here with Bobo and he asks if I am seriously writing again about there being no champagne in AC’s lounge in Toronto. I seem to see this in almost all Star Alliance lounges and will report on the champagne situation at the Queens Terminal ( Terminal 2 ) by visiting all the lounges. So if you love champagne and are flying out of YYZ fly British Airways to avoid the sorry wines in the AC lounge.

Come on Ken Chase fix this problem. Sorry for ranting Bobo ( he loves his national airline )

Bobo also thinks I should change my name to Whiner Champagne !!!

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COME QUICKLY, I AM TASTING THE STARS

COME QUICKLY, I AM TASTING THE STARS

Legend has it that the French monk Dom Pierre Perignon invented Champagne. He was having difficulty making still wine – bubbles kept appearing. On a whim, he tasted his “tainted” wine and was blow away.

“Come quickly! I am tasting the stars” – Perignon called out. And Champagne was born (or so the story goes). Though that lovely story has probably been embellished and evolved over the years, it is certainly a good enough reason to pop a bottle of Champagne in honour of Dom Pierre Perignon!

Attached is an article from Food & Wine with four suggested Champagnes to honour Perignon:

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/8/4/4-champagnes-to-celebrate-the-legend-of-dom-pierre-perignon?xid=emailsharebarm

PS/ All four listed are wonderful but I am partial to the Piper-Heidsieck.

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NAPJUS AND HER 91’s

NAPJUS AND HER 91’s
– Candy Champagne

Our next champagne tasting is going to be all about Alison Napjus and her 91’s!

– Charles de Cazanove Brut Rose Champagne
– Drappier Carte D’Or Brut
– Chateau de Bligny Grande Reserve Brut Rose
– Lamiable Brut Grand Cru

I have tried three of the four (I have tried all but the Lamiable) – but I have not tried them all together or in a tasting format. I am going to set up a blind tasting in September for the Champagne Surgeon, Dr. Champagne, the Champagne Greek, Seester Champagne and the Beer Addict (still waiting for his guest beer blog….).

Stay tuned!

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BRITISH AIRWAYS & CHAMPAGNE

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BRITISH AIRWAYS & CHAMPAGNE
– Candy Champagne

I was lucky enough to recently fly British Airways “First”. When presented with the menu, I had the choice between:
– Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
– Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs Millesime 2007
– Champagne Michel Forget Grand Rose Premier Cru

What is a Champagne Addict to do?

Try all 3 of them of course! And then the Grand Siecle again in the morning (all 3 were absolutely outstanding but the Grand Siecle was my favourite).

A bit on each of them:

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle is the prestige cuvee of the House of Laurent-Perrier and is named in honour of the “Sun King”, Louis XIV, who presided over an era known as the Grand Siecle or Grand Century. The multi-vintage champagne is created from grapes sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard in 12 of the most prestigious villages. The blend is 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay and only the BEST vintages are used. It is no wonder that I liked it so much!!!

Champagne Michel Forget Grand Rose Premier Cru – this delicious rose is made from a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay with a further 15% of Pinot Noir red wine sourced from fourteen Premier Cru villages. The Champagne spends a minimum of 2 years on its lees before disgorgement. It was absolutely wonderful with a rich crimson colour.

Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs Millesime 2007 – the Champagne house was originally found in 1947 by seven growers with Grand Cru vineyards. The Champagne spends at least four years on its lees in order to develop the complexity and elegance that is a hallmark of Champagne Palmer. I recently shared an article from Glass of Bubbly and the merits for Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. I would definitely add this to the list of the great Blanc de Blancs. https://thechampagneaddict.com/2014/08/17/blanc-de-blancs/

It was a great experience and an amazing flight for this Champagne Addict!

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BLANC DE BLANCS

BLANC DE BLANCS
– Candy Champagne

Attached is a link to an article from Glass of Bubbly called “Blanc de Blancs: The Best Champagne Style”?

The author, Ed McCarthy, does a great job of covering his love of Blanc de Blancs and the support for their amazing Champagne style – “So, why do I enjoy Blanc de Blancs Champagnes so much? One reason is that I believe that Chardonnay variety reaches its great heights in the Champagne region. Chardonnay really shines only in very cool climates and Champagne is the about the coolest region where it can grow. Another reason I enjoy Blanc de Blancs is that I drink much of my Champagnes as aperitifs, and most Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are usually lighter and are ideal before dinner wines”.

Attached is a link to the article. It is a long read but worth it. At the end, McCarthy lists his favourite Blanc de Blancs Champagne in alphabetical order with comments about each.
http://glassofbubbly.com/blanc-de-blancs-the-best-champagne-style/

Spoiler Alert!!! In the end, McCarthy concludes that Nicolas Feuillatte’s Blanc de Blancs is a particular favourite of his. This is ironic and sad as the amazing Champagne entrepreneur recently passed away. I will honour him with my next glass of Blanc de Blancs.
https://thechampagneaddict.com/2014/08/17/nicolas-feuillatte/

NICOLAS FEUILLATTE

Sad news for Champagne Addicts. Nicolas Feuillatte has died at 88 years old. Feuillatte was an entrepreneur who started the champagne brand that bears his name. He partnered with local growers to eventually build the world’s third-biggest champagne brand.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50407

Let us all raise our next glass of champagne to Nicolas Feuillatte.

BILLIONAIRE KILLED BY CHAMPAGNE CORK

Billionaire Killed by Champagne Cork
– Candy Champagne

It is true. A billionaire in Hong Kong was killed when he was hit in the temple by a cork that caused a fatal brain hemorrhage. According to police, the champagne bottle could have been a Chinese counterfeit, an explanation that seems plausible for the exceptionally high level of carbon dioxide contained in it.

Billionaire Killed by Champagne Bottle Cork:
http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/china-billionaire-killed-by-champagne-bottle-cork/

This got me to thinking about counterfeits and the alarming increase of counterfeit wines. Attached is an interesting article from Wine Spectator – wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison – the first person to be tried and convicted in US federal counter for counterfeiting wine. A very interesting read:
Link: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50301

From what I have read, it seems that champagne counterfeits are mostly an issue in China right now. But a note to Champagne Addicts -continue to buy your champagnes from reputable establishments.

START WITH CHAMPAGNE!

START WITH CHAMPAGNE
– Candy Champagne

I recently read an article about Thomas Keller’s “15 Lessons from 20 Years of the French Laundry”. It is 20th anniversary of the renowned Napa restaurant this year (and you still need to book a reservation 6 months in advance!).

Lesson # 8 – Start with Champagne!

Drinking Champagne
The Laundry was one of the first restaurants in the US with a tasting menu, for which you need a light, refreshing and acidic wine to start. The best option? Champagne. A glass of it excites the appetite and is a reset button for your palate. There is nothing more perfect to get you ready for eating.

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/6/12/15-lessons-from-cooking-at-the-french-laundry?xid=blog_20140802_28955376

I think all champagne addicts would agree with Thomas Keller!

GEDDY LEE LOVES CHAMPAGNE!

GEDDY LEE LOVES CHAMPAGNE!
– Candy Champagne

Geddy Lee from legendary rock band RUSH loves champagne!

Attached is a link to an article about Geddy’s interests in wines. It sounds like he likes Burgundy’s more than champagne though as a self-described “true geek for Burgundy red” (we can’t fault him for that!)
http://www.winemag.com/June-2014/Music-Issue-Profiles/index.php/slide/Geddy-Lee/cparticle/7

The article also references the Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation where Geddy is a board member. The mission of Grapes for Humanity is to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. The focus of the foundation is to provide a better quality of life for victims and survivors of disasters and personal tragedies.

Attached is a link to the Grapes for Humanity website – click on Projects and Site Visits to get an idea of the great things this foundation is doing:
http://gfhglobal.org