A few weeks ago, Pairing to Perfection and Cru Wine Online were invited to make an entertaining, educational presentation to the Club Managers’ Association at the Pool & Yacht Club in Lilydale, MN. Club Managers, like food and wine communities, are wonderful – hospitable, generous, eager for new ways to present their food and beverage in fresh and delicious ways to their members… It is a delicate balance because the members want the same thing, BUT they come from the perspective of wanting it to reflect an extension of their home entertaining preferences. Sounds easy, no? Not always… So between Cru’s dedication to making wine a fun, educational vehicle for entertainment, and P2P’s commitment to showcasing the club’s food and wine list, we offer them ways to accomplish this.
I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” – Madam Lilly Bollinger
Winery: Pierre Peters
Winemaking: All base wines are elaborated in stainless steel and are therefore very dry. The residual sugar is somewhere between 3 and 6 g/l depending on quality and vintage. Owner Rodolphe Peters decided not to label the Champagne „Extra Brut“. Only after extraordinary vintages this Champagne is made. The 2002 aged on it´s yeasts for 6 years and is the 2003´s successor, which was clearly lighter and came on the market before.
Average Price: € 39,00
Tasting Notes: On the palate hints of white fruits like peach and pear, also dominating citrus aromas. The intense scent of almonds and marzipan, the minerality and the crisp acidity are fabulous! It´s perfect when you let it breathe 3 or 4 minutes after pouring.
Long aging potential!
The French have been making sparkling wine in California for so long, you almost overlook the extraordinary quality of their wines: the closest thing to fine, complex champagne grown and produced outside Champagne, France in the world.
Each of the major firms have made dramatic impacts on the industry: beginning in the mid-1970s, Domaine Chandon with its focus on the three classic grapes of Champagne (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) grown in the coolest section (Carneros) in Napa Valley; Mumm Napa with its brilliant blending in adjustment to California’s sunnier climes, Roederer Estate for its bold exploration of Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, and now, Domaine Carneros by Taittinger for its French-like sense of long-term sustainablility, moving towards 100% organic grape growing soon after establishing its 300 acres in Carneros in 1987.
Brand: Non-vintage Rosé Grand Cru Champagne
Winery: Andre Clouet
Appellation: Champagne (Bouzy)
Varietal: 92% Pinot Noir 8% Bouzy Rouge
Average Price: €28