When is the correct time to enjoy genuine Champagne?
To kick off the summer season? Certainly.
At an event? Top me off please..
When you are entertaining? You betcha.
By the pool when you want to feel fab? Most Def.
When you bring it to someone as a gift and he or she decides to open it while you are there? Heck yea!
When you want to feel luxurious just because? Gitty Up!
When we have some for you at HALF price also known as 50% off? Whoa now! Say that again!
Marilyn Monroe loved Champagne and so do I. She took a bath in it. I don't think that would be so much fun. But as I sit here typing, and sipping my glass of Champagne...in my shorts and a tee shirt, papers scattered about, I'm wondering why I don't drink Champagne more often. Champagne goes with just about any type of food and can be enjoyed before, during and after a meal. It makes a party a party, and can also make a mundane night seem a little more elegant.
Maybe I don't drink Champagne more because I can't afford to drink it all the time. Or maybe it's because I feel like I need a reason to celebrate. The Champagne section of our store catches my eye on a daily basis though I rarely indulge. Once in a while, I'll splurge for Champagne, whether it's from one of the big old Champagne houses or a boutique, grower-Champagne. Of course there are alternatives. There is Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain. Both can be delicious, and there are some great ones for the price but compared to Champagne? They don't hold a candle.
(Beware: Women enjoying Champagne together...)
Let's get one thing straight. Genuine Champagne must be from the Champagne region of France. There are some good, bad and incredible sparkling wines from the U.S.A. and Australia, but none of these are Champagne. What makes Champagne so special?
- Terroir. Champagne has a cool climate combined with unique soil. The geologic evolution of the region, at one time a sea bed, gives Champagne chalky, mineral-rich soil. It's climate promotes a level of complexity in the wines with minerality layered with a multitude of flavors and aromas.
- The number and diversity of vineyards. Champagne has over 300 individual crus or individually named vineyards. These single vineyards provide a unique range of wine for blending.
- The cold, deep, chalky cellars in which Champagne can age for decades.
- 300+ years of experience in production. Experience counts, right?
- The time consuming, difficult process in which Champagne is produced.
Champagne comes in all levels of sweetness. The level of sweetness is always displayed on the label. The most common and popular is Brut also know as dry. I like both dry and sweet, but like may other people I prefer my bubbly to be dry.
When I first saw the Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Extrem' I was curious. They called it Extreme because it's the driest of dry Champagne. There is no sugar added at all. This style of Champagne (also known as Zero or Nature) is especially popular in restaurants because it's crisp finish pairs so well with food. The winemaker of the Brut Extrem' commented that the Extrem' is very popular in coastal states (like ours) because it pairs so well with local seafood cuisine. Looking at the chart above, this wine would be on the far, far left in the dry area. At first I thought...hmm...I wonder how it will be without any sugar? And as we enjoyed our second bottle in as many nights, I've found it to be satisfying in so many ways. And we drank it without any food.
(Heads up: Champagne is for groups of dudes too!)
The Brut Extrem' is one sexy wine. It has that classic, intense, bread dough aroma you get from Champagne with some apple and macadamia nut in the background. The mouth feel has a smooth texture, with hints of citrus. And the finish....this is the best part. It's sleek, crisp, refreshing and purifying. The length of the finish is incredible...it goes on for minutes. But the most important question.....do you always want more after you finish a glass? YES! The Brut Extrem' wine is just too easy to drink .
Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Extrem'
Regular Price $39.99
In stock now for $19.99 per bottle or $210 a case. That's over 50% Off!
Very limited quantity. There won't be any left for New Years :-)
Jean-Pierre Vincent's (winemaker) notes:
"With Brut Extrem’, I am looking for as pure a wine as possible. No sugar is added, so the champagne develops in the most natural way possible. This is champagne in its natural state. It is the diamond as it leaves the mine.”
In stock now and next to the registers up front. You can reserve a case or more by emailing me. Thanks, Chris