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Delamotte Brut Champagne: A New Year

There are many time honored beverage traditions but perhaps the most revered is the New Years Eve Toast of bubbly.  Bubbles for the night are commonly referred to as “Champagne”, though many folks delve into other sparkling wines like Cava, Prosecco and Cremant styles.  Heck, I myself come from a long line of Asti Spumante drinkers! On most toast occasions I go for the less complicated (read as cheaper) sparkling wines, but this year is different.  I am celebrating new beginnings and it is only fitting that I pop the real thing… CHAMPAGNE!  

The selection is Delamotte Brut NV.  Delamotte is a “sister” house to legendary Salon, one the the finest sparklers in France.  The wine blend in the bottle is 50% Chardonnay, 30%, Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier.    Let’s see what we have:

Color:  Light straw, to golden.  Pretty bubbles floating to the surface.

Nose:  Signature, yet restrained Champagne bouquet.  Delicate flower and lemon mousse mingle with yeasty sweetness and toast on the nose.  Citrus adds punch and chalk creeps in at the end with a hint of almond.  

Palate:  The first thing that strikes me is the balance of this wine.  This is an integrated gem.  The bubbles dance softly on the palate and really entice you to sip more.  This is light weight but flavorful.  Apple, pear and lemon peel make for a lively swig.  The doughy bread component carries to the mid-palate and is replaced by a refined touch of minerality.  Acid cleans up nicely with the effervescent bubbles.

This is a phenomenal effort.  I am admittedly a big fan of Champagne but I am excited to finally have tasted this producer.  For all the folks that dislike Champagne because of it’s austerity and pretension, this will open your eyes.  The freshness and elegance of this wine is top notch.  I will be adding this to my arsenal of “any night is a special night” wines.  As the Salon Delamotte website says, “Any excuse is good to drink this wine: a generous, clean champagne, a champagne of tenderness and smiles, a must for the cellars of those who love life.”  That suits me just fine.   The perfect sip of bubbly to celebrate life! Cheers to the good life with love and happiness going forward!

Perrier-Jouët “Pops”

It’s not everyday in a wino’s life when a mundane Monday can be transcended into a celebration.  Well that happened last night at Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ.  The occasion was a 200th Anniversary celebration for Perrier-Jouët replete with Chef du Cave, Herve Deschamps!

The night was a strolling cocktail party with tasting stations around the beautiful restored barn that is Park Avenue Club. The sparkling line-up consisted of Perrier-Jouët’s Grand Brut, Blason Rose, 2002 Fleur de Champagne Brut, 2002 Fleur de Champagne Rose, and 2000 Fleur de Champagne Blanc de Blanc.  The house style was on showcase and all of the wine “sparkled” in every sense of the word.

For this wine lover the star of the show was the 2002 Fleur de Champagne Brut. Skillfully blended by Deschamps from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this iconic champagne expressed so many of the characteristics I enjoy.  It was fresh and vibrant with delicate hints of flowers.  The mid-palate had a great bready punch that I favor and bright fruit that was intwined with tremendous acidity and a smoky, nuttiness that lingered on the palate.

Perrier-Jouët may be known by the masses due to the beautiful Art Nouveau packaging but the wine must be taken seriously because it is tremendous.  If you have regelated Champagne to solely function as a celebratory toast I beg you to change your ways.  Or perhaps, like me you will have the good fortune to elevate your Monday from sub-par to sublime. Cheers!