Champagne

June 30, 2019

Dinner this evening at Longmont, Colorado’s stellar Bin 46 in historic downtown, where Candy Campbell and her talented team are lighting a fire on fine cuisine, complimented by their extraordinary wine list. Paired with a dozen incredibly fresh Kumamoto oysters – half of them topped with caviar – they worked perfectly with this fabulously fine bottle of bubbles as it glittered into the warm summer evening!

1998 Charles de Cazanove, Champagne Brut, Stradivarius (RT 94) As this wonderful champagne has reached 20 years of age, my last bottle of Stradivarius reached its apogee. Revealing a lush round deep golden hue, the bubbles are fine and gentle in their trajectory. Notes of brioche, ripe yellow stone fruits, golden raisin and dried apricot emerge. With time in the glass delicate hints of almond and chalk dust add complexity. The mouthfeel is divine, showing soft delectable fruit and generous acidity. Everything is singing tonight for this delicious champagne! Drink now-2024+ Highly recommended.

May 17, 2019

2002 Pierre Peters, Champagne Cuvée Spéciale Blanc des Blancs, Brut, Grand Cru, Les Chétillons (RT 95) It’s been a number of years since I pulled the cork on this fabulous wine, and tonight it lived up to expectations. With fruit coming exclusively from the legendary Les Mesnil cru, it shows a deeper, richer side of Champagne. The hue remains relatively light, but the bouquet reveals hints of lemon, yellow stone fruits, chamomile and brioche, with punctuation notes of hazelnut and almond rounding things out. The palate is rich, luxurious and harmonious with excellent bright acidity that provides the level of verve and laser focus this Tête de Cuvée is known for. Drink now-2032+