On October 19, our son was born and my dry spell from wine officially ended. As that date also marked Global Champagne Day, it seemed fitting that we celebrate with Champagne.
Keith bought us a split of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut that was intended for drinking right after birth in the hospital (we even brought Govino glasses that would ensure the bubbly would be properly enjoyed but wouldn’t break). We had it ready to go in the fridge and brought it along with our go-bag.
But, as all parents know, things don’t necessarily go according to plan, and there didn’t seem to be a moment for us to really enjoy it properly, and honestly, I was a little too exhausted.
Instead, we ended up popping it a few days later on our first night home, and each enjoyed a glass with a shortbread cookie.
The notes of cherry plum, lemon and bergamot orange emerge first, then make way for the flowers of fruit trees, such as lime and honeysuckle. These are followed by notes of butter, madeleine cakes and vanilla sugar. Lingering notes of grapefruit, white peaches, green pears, apple trees and green hazelnuts round off the taste.
See: Pale yellow color, small bubbles
Smell: Lemon, lime and orange blossom are the first thing you get, followed by butter, custard and vanilla that linger the most after the citrus is gone.
Sip: On the palate it has lovely notes of citrus and pear, with some soft nuttiness. It has a creamy texture punctuated by little delicate bubbles and a fresh citrus acidity. You’re left with hints of citrusy custard at the end.
Overall: I may be biased because this was the first glass of wine I’ve had in ten months… but it was just divine. It had that creamy, vanilla nose and mouthfeel that I love about Champagne, but it was balanced out by loads of refreshing citrus.
Wine: Grand Brut
Vintage: NV (No Vintage)
Varietal: Chardonnay (20%), Pinot Noir (40%), Pinot Meunier (40%)