Champagne is rad. It’s expensive, It’s classy, It’s often confused, but overall, its really rad. Real Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. Bubbles from the rest of France are known as “Cremant” and bubbles from other parts of the world usually have their own names (Cava, Prosecco, California Sparking Wine) The wines of Champagne throughout history have been some of the most desired and sought after wines in the world.
Champagne is home to three major grape varietals that make up the blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, the Champagne that I am drinking today, J. Lassalle Brut Cuvee Preference Premier Cru, is an all female owned and operated winery in the village of Chingy-Les-Roses, is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. This should create a wine that is very crisp, refreshing, slightly floral, as well as fruity. A great bottle to enjoy on a not too hot summer day!
I picked up this half bottle (375 ml) for $16. When you could be spending anywhere from $30- $70+ on a fantastic bottle of bubbles, it is always a nice option to get a half bottle, you don’t have to feel pressured to drink the whole things before the bubbles go away, and it is not as big of a financial commitment!
Champagne can really be drank out of any vessel, the traditional flutes will maintain the bubbles longer, however a glass with a wider base and tapered mouth will focus the esters and create a much more full drinking experience.
On first appearance, this wine is a fantastic golden yellow, with lots of little bubbles floating all throughout the glass, as well as sticking to the sides. The nose just smells like a summer evening, it is screaming honey suckle, as well as rose hips and orange blossom water. As well as a little bit of toasted marshmallow and graham cracker, kind of like a butterscotch and orange s’more. On the palate, the wine is dry (no residual sugar) the has a decent amount of refreshing acid, and a very subtle and velvety bubble structure. Little bubbles are just dancing. There is a lot of fresh fruit, yellow apple, nectarine, the fuzzy part of a peach, as well as some caramel, butterscotch, all finished off with a twist of very sweet ruby red grapefruit. Very fun. Overall, this bottle of bubbles, is quite nice for the late evening of a summer day, crisp and refreshing, without too much brightness, and enough body and texture to endure a cool breeze.
The fun thing about champagne is that is can really pair with most anything, it is one of the few wines that will literally go very well with any course of a meal. It could pair with a cheese plate, fried chicken, a fruit tart, some oysters, pork with a peach glaze, fish in a light lemon or cream sauce, and s’mores, to name a few.
As far as gift giving, and buying, I really can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy this bottle… it tastes really good…
Thanks for reading!