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The Perfect Bottle of Champagne

Yesterday, Boom Boom and I celebrated our 76th anniversary.  I remember our wedding like it was yesterday.  Mumsy’s eyes up-welling in tears, consoled by her celebrity confidante, Lillian Gish.  Our manservant Ezra, a 94-year-old former sharecropper, holding baskets of rice for guests to shower upon us as we jump into father’s brand-new 1935 Deuesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster….   To celebrate this momentous occasion, we went to the pool.

Krug Champagne Grand Cuvee Brut – Non-vintage

Hands-down, the best Champagne I’ve ever had.   My only regret is that, although we brought a glass bottle poolside, we didn’t extend our rebellion to having proper glass flutes.  It was difficult to see the appearance of the wine through multi-colored wine glasses, but I can live without that.  It was bursting with aromas of apple, peach, some spice, and most notably – toast.  At first taste, I was immediately hit with apple, grapefruit, lemon, and bread.  As expected, it was bone-dry with refreshing acids.  But what sets Krug apart from all other Champagnes is the concentration of fruits and round mouthfeel to perfectly balance the acids.  Throw in doses of minerality at the initial taste, and you have a very complex wine. I swear the finish was still lingering when I went to bed hours later.  Absolute joy. 97 pts.

I picked up this bottle on sale for $99 at the Wine Castle, at least a third cheaper than anywhere else.  But even at full price, this bottle’s a steal.  I don’t know if I’ve ever had a high-end wine that justifies it’s price like this does.

Best ever?  Well, it’s wayyyyyy better than Dom Perignon, which is in the same price range.  (Insider’s note – I had heard that DP’s actual production cost is less than $5 a bottle, with the rest of the price being marketing and hype.  DP’s also not as exclusive as you think.  You can pick up a bottle in remote places in Africa and often at your local shitty grocery store.)  I haven’t had Cristal, so I can’t tell you if it’s better than that.  But if you think DP, Cristal, or any others are better, bring some by to prove me wrong…


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I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

3 comments on “The Perfect Bottle of Champagne

  1. Max
    June 22, 2011

    I won’t pick a fight on this one, mostly because the one time I tried Krug, I was more than amply satisfied. But I’m too lazy to drive beyond the half mile it takes me to get to my local wine store, which fortunately sells more than local wines. Strictly speaking of Champagne, I have to go with the NV Paul Bara they carry, which I think retails in the $60s or $80s. It’s more yeasty or “bready” than Krug, and to me that’s not a bad thing. The store also carries Champagnes form LaSalle, and those wines are deliciously crisp.

    For a third or maybe a fourth of that price, we can get many of Mawby’s sparkling wines from Michigan. Call me a philistine, but their wines are solid, perhaps more so than the highly-touted sparkling wines form Gruet (New Mexico).

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 22, 2011

      Perhaps you misread the apart about BRINGING SOME OVER to prove me wrong… Agree about Mawby. Would like to try the Bara. For 10-30 cheaper, I do like Veuve Cliquot which has good body to it.

  2. I imagine I'll get a nickname before long, if this keeps up.
    June 23, 2011

    You have been eating and drinking well this week my friend! Look forward to seeing you, Boom Boom and the Pieholes soon.

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