Champagne, mon amour

My life is driven bubbles, les bulles, the bubbles ….. almost onomatopoeic name to describe the continuous movement and unavoidable carbon dioxide in a glass.

I appreciate them in their every form and every territorial flag, though, ça va sans dire, my favorites are attributable to Champagne.

I like to repeat the answer of Madame Lily Bollinger, widow of Jacques Bollinger that only 47 years old took over the reins of the famous Maison, in an interview in 1963:

“Madame Bollinger, when he drinks champagne?”

“I drink when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. If I have company I think is a must. If I play it I’m not hungry and I drink if I have it. Otherwise do not touch anything, unless I’m thirsty ”

A few words to say a great concept: there are special occasions for drinking champagne, not just the wine for the toast, but a great nectar that we can ‘help shape nice and continuously throughout the day.

In this region of France (Champagne-Ardenne), located 150 miles east of Paris, there are two specific conditions and unique features that allow the creation of fine wines and


The first is the soil (terroir), craie fact, a sort of stone-limestone outcrop of Cretaceous origin that acts as a thermal regulator, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, and as a regulator of water, holding and releasing the winter rains progressively the water in the summer.

The second factor is the climate that it enjoys the oceanic and continental influences with regular rainfall and never excessive.

In Champagne the vines more ‘cultivated are:

Pinot Noir (red grape), Pinot Meunier (red grape) and Chardonnay (white grape) that can be used alone or blended to create the different cuvées of each Maison. Each of these vines gives champagne taste and smell different characteristics and will be the Chef de Cave (cellar master) to decide what percentage will be used in the wines obtained

from these grapes.

The Chardonnay grape is the most ‘elegant and more’ cool. The white floral and fruity notes here intercepted once: white grapefruit, acacia, lemon grass, bindweed. If vinified alone (Blanc de Blancs) gives rise to light wines, fine, I dare say aristocrats.

Suitable for an overture of the evening, when the palate still needs to be enchanted by the mellow and velvety notes of champagne, a balanced, pleasant but not intrusive.

An invitation to continue this game consciously ….

The Pinot Meunier envelops and caresses the senses with its aromas of white peach, pear, pine nuts and rice powder. More ‘specific and direct than the Chardonnay, however, enhances the roundness of the champagne and the desire to be enjoyed until the last sip, the game gets more’ interesting and the plot assumes a structure more ‘important.

Finally, the Pinot Noir is the grape that most ‘of all others, gives the champagne body, structure and power. The nose of red fruit notes intercept determined: raspberry, cassis, strawberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries.

If vinified alone or with Pinot Meunier, from origin to Blanc de Noirs, a wine net, precise and complex that is a worthy conclusion of our game of taste.

The vigor and strength of this champagne fascinate the body, heart and mind. I’d call it “male” in its connotations sensory and I’m sure it’s a male “très delicious”.

But the game does not ends here, many other sparkling secrets waiting to be discovered.

Last but not least …… for pleasure you must not slip the champagne over the tongue, lower it to the sides and then press it against the palate with a smooth motion.

Word of Dame …..

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