Although Jackie O christening a
ship is an appropriately festive
usage, we think this otherwise a
waste of perfectly good Champagne!
That little toast is often misattributed to Tom Waits, but was in fact first popularized much earlier, by the Anglo-Irish artist Francis Bacon*. And he in any case was probably just giving his famous name to an Edwardian toast that had been in use since at least 1830. Who said it first is really of less concern than the fact that it highlights one of the great things about Champagne. Although any time two or more people are sharing a libation a toast is in order, Champagne takes it all to a celebratory level with the popping of the cork, the dancing effervescence of the bubbles, and the lively, invigorating aromas and sensation on the palate. Nothing speaks to the bonds of friendship and trust more strongly than the gift of a bottle of bubbly, and the shared toast can range from words full of hope and dreams to a loving jab at one’s mates. It’s this very perception of Champagne as an “event” that probably prevents many of us from enjoying it more often. Buying a bottle of pricier champagne can feel like a big commitment, and you may have on occasion felt – whether buying it as a gift or for yourself – that buying another bottle would have been nice, so you could try it in a less-festive setting, as part of a nice dinner. That’s part of why we’re offering some great prices on the purchase of two bottles (see below), but the other reason is that we just want to help spread a little cheer this holiday season. That’s why we’ve also rounded up some amusing toasts, which you’ll find after our featured Champagnes, below. Have an amusing toast of your own? Feel free to share it as a comment. We’ll be back with some more mid-price sparklers next week. We have about a hundred to choose from, starting in the $10-$15 range, all the way up to some of the nicer ones featured here. And of course we have some non-alcohol selections for your designated driver. More bubbles next week. Cheers!
$59.99 or 2/$100.00
|In Brief:: The essence of the Pommery style. liveliness, fresh, finesse.
Colour: A pale yellow with faint green highlights
Nose: Lively and cheerful, fresh, lighthearted, fine, delicate and generous.
Palate: Elegant and lively. Small assertive notes of red fruits. A rounded, rich, delicate wine that lingers in the mouth. In short, a clean taste with no dryness. A very smooth wine which never wanes on the palate.
Drinking Suggestions:Any time of day or night.
Pommery Brut Rosé
$99.99 or 2/$150.00
|In Brief: Subtlety, delicacy, finesse, romanticism.
Colour: Delicate pale pink with slightly salmon tones. Fine and persistent bubbles.
Nose: Small red berries suggesting roundness and softness enhanced by a fine freshness in a world of distinction.
Palate: Very subtle rose character; supple and finely robust with an appealing freshness and liveliness.
Drinking Suggestions: Exuding unusual charm, suitable as an aperitif, perfect with poultry.
$54.99 or 2/$90.00
|Composition: Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of Chardonnay wines (40%) and Pinot wines (60%) from 30 to 50 different vineyards and matured to perfection. Such a high proportion of Chardonnay is seldom found among the great champagnes.
Aging: Aged for three to four years in the cellars where it achieves perfect maturity and well-developed aromatic potential.
Colour: The colour is brilliant, golden straw yellow. The bubbles are fine. The mousse is both discreet and persistent.
Nose: very expressive and open, is both fruity and bready. It exudes aromas of peach, white flowers and vanilla pod.
Palate: This lively fresh wine is at once in harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey.
Drinking Suggestions: This champagne can be drunk as an aperitif or with food, preferably with an evening meal. It is a perfect accompaniment to white meat (lamb with chanterelles), crayfish or mushroom quiche.
Vranken Brut Rose
|Composition: 85% Chardonnay. 15% Black Pinot Bouzy.
Colour: Bright pink and salmon.
Nose: Presence of large red fruit flavors (Raspberry, strawberry). Then moves to toast and warm croissant.
Palate: Nice balance between fresh and vinous. Soft palate.
Drinking Suggestions: Light and airy; goes smoothly with fish dishes or even dessert with red fruits, mousse or Charlotte.
Moët & Chandon
|Colour: The color is an elegant golden straw yellow with amber highlights.
Nose: Its aromas are radiant, revealing bright yellow-fleshed fruits (apple, pear, yellow peach), honey, floral nuances (lime blossom) and elegant blond notes (brioche and fresh nuts).
Palate: The palate is seductive, richly flavorful and smooth combining generosity and subtlety, fullness and vigor, followed by a delicately fresh crispiness (fruit with seeds), to reveal the magical balance of champagne.
Moët & Chandon
|Composition: Approximately 200 individual crus make up this cuvèe. The traditional proportions for Nectar Impèrial are: 50-60% Pinot Noir, 20-30% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, 10-20% vins de réserve
Colour: Deep golden
Nose: Rich expression of ripe exotic fruits with hints of honey
Palate: Strong fruitiness with a smooth finish. Nectar Impèrial is the outcome of a special assemblage of the three grape varieties built around the structure of the Pinot Noir. It was designed to preserve the fresh taste of champagne while offering a subtle sweetness.
Moët & Chandon
Impérial Rosé w/Chiller
|Composition: Approximately 200 individual crus make up this cuvèe. The traditional proportions for Brut Impérial Rosé are: 50-60% Pinot Noir, 20-30% Pinot Meunier, 10-20% Chardonnay, 20-30% vins de réserve
Colour: Rosè with shades of copper, good intensity
Nose: Lively, expressive, dominated by the scent of wild strawberries
Palate: Full bodied, zestful, assertive fruitiness. Brut Impèrial Rosè is a blend of the three wine varieties, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir, embodying a fruity and daring character.
This special release is enclosed in an elegant pink chiller, designed to maintain the champagne’s ideal drinking temperature for two hours.
Moët & Chandon
Imperial Brut Party Package
4 187ml Bottles $41.99
|Tiny bubbles, in tiny bottles.
The same Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut described above, but in a festive party pack.
Perfect for a quick holiday toast at the office!
2000 Dom Perignon Gift Set
|Fresh, crystalline, and sharp, the first nose unveils an unusual dimension, an aquatic vegetal world with secret touches of white pepper and gardenia. The wine then reveals airy, gentle richness before exhaling peaty scents. On the palate, the attack bursts forth, and matures into a sensual fullness that winds around itself, like a tendril of foliage. Notes of aniseed and dried ginger linger on the skin of fruit (pear and mango), more textured than ripe. The finish gradually unfurls and then settles, smooth, mellow, all-encompassing. An indefinable je ne sais quoi, never upsetting the integrity of the wine, has worked its charm. ~ Richard Geoffroy, Dom Perignon Chef de Cave
Includes two flutes in an attractive gift package.
“There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.”
“One bottle for four of us,
Thank God there’s no more of us!”
“May we kiss whom we please,
And please whom we kiss.”
“Here’s to our wives and girlfriends.
May they never meet.”
A Merry Christmas this December
To lots of folks I don’t remember.
“Here’s to the wonderful days of my life
when I slept in the arms of another man’s wife
“I used to know a clever toast,
But now I cannot think it,
So fill your glass to anything,
And damn your souls, I’ll drink it!”
“Here’s to you and here’s to me,
Friends may we always be!
But, if by chance we disagree,
Up yours! Here’s to me!”
Posted By:Admin November 27, 2010
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