Went over to Candy Champagne’s for Easter Sunday. Newfie Champagne brought over Moët Rose. Bobo looked at me I looked at him we had just bought the Drappier Rose. He groaned, you guessed champagne tasting!!!!
For me the Nose was very similar but loved the finish on the Drappier. Candy Champagne was Moët all the way, nose taste and finish. Newfie Champagne rated them as equal!!
For Candy no doubt the Moët was worth the premium. For Newfie and me two similar in look, nose, taste and finish.
” You can’t do this Dad ” said my boy Bobo. He was questioning why I would be comparing our favorite Rose champagnes without Candy Champagne ” you know she has the best nose ” he exclaimed!
As you know it is hard to argue with Bobo but I had Baby champagne and the Champagne Surgeon with me.
First task of the day was to chill the champagne to the same temprature.
In a way I am glad Candy Champagne was not here for the tasting, Laurent Perrier is her favorite Rose. In fact it is the most recognized Rose champagne in the world. It is made of 100% Pinot Noir grapes from 10 different crus.
I personally love the Lanson Rose. It for me is the most reasonably priced champagnes on the market. Made with mixture of the three grape varieties in champagne Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
The Champagne Surgeon of course loves Veuve Clicquot Rose. This non vintage champagne is an accessible perfectly balanced Veuve style champagne with Pinot Noir making up 50% of the three classic grapes.
So the tasting was done by myself and the Champagne Surgeon, Baby Champagne slept in.
The tasting was blinded. We did not see the color, we were blind folded. The Laurent Perrier had a deep red fruit nose, smooth crackling mouth feel and a long beautiful finish. The Veuve had a nice red fruit nose and mouth feel but an abrupt finish. The Lanson was musty on the nose, light on fruit with citrus notes more comparable to a brut and almost a corky finish, we both wondered if it was a bottle that had not been stored properly.
Unblinded the Laurent Perrier had a beautiful ruby color with the Veuve being lighter and the Lanson having a very light Salmon Hue.
Bobo my boy was sick of winter so we decided to escape south to the Turks. This is where I faced a dilemma, usually I would pack a case of champagne and my Reidel glasses.
As everything is imported, goods on islands tend to be expensive but with my new passion to travel ultralight decided to risk it.
Stayed at a resort called Seven Stars and the glassware was more than adequate with two varieties of champagne glasses.
The selection at the IGA. a two minute walk away was a great selection of Brut champagne. The best deal was the Laurent Perrier at $50 but the Veuve was $85! Compare this to the Laurent Perrier Rose at $85?
A similar paradox happened in the Vintage selection with the Tattinger at $120 but Cristal at an unheard of $420!
Overall I was glad I didn’t pack my own champagne avoided the popular brands and drank the Laurent Perrier Rose all week, cheaper than in the store back home.
Love Paris but as I don’t speak French always find it hard to get a great meal. My favorite french bistro is Bistrot Paul Bert, one side seems for English speaking tourists and the other for locals. Amazing classic bistro fare and extremely reasonable.
But for a treat, and to pacify Bobo the Prince, had the tasting menu at the two star Michelin restaurant Le Cinq, at the Four Seasons hotel George V.
Think of this not as dinner but a Broadway show. The night starts in the bar with presentation of the champagne cart.
With dinner was offered a beautiful Amuse which we decided to pair with a bottle of Bollinger
The rest of dinner was a five hour exercise of indulgence with fresh bread, butter, truffle, lobster,lamb, cheese and I think four desserts. The wine pairings picked by the sommelier all seemed to be from Sicily or Italy!!!
Service was impeccable as one would expect in a Michelin starred restaurant
This dinner is a marathon and foodies would love every minute but even if one is not a foodie it is worth visiting the George V. The lobby always has an amazing flower display and a drink from the champagne trolley is always a treat.
Bobo was happy I visited his favorite hotel in Paris