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Monday Musings: Drinking French Wine & Celebrating Democracy

Like many others, I am celebrating today, drinking French wine and singing the Marseillaise. This clip from Casablanca is one of my absolute favorite movie scenes.

Let’s toast to France today and to democracy! No better way to do that than with Pol Roger, a Champagne house that I am quite partial to.

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Wine Wednesday: Pol Roger Extra Cuvee Reserve

Pol Roger

Celebrating life with Champagne. I love Champagne and I love this particular one quite a lot. Pol Roger is one of the last few champagne houses that are still entirely family owned. In fact, my very first wine tasting in New York years ago was a Wildman portfolio tasting, Pol Roger’s importer, and a member of the family was there pouring their wines. A very elegant older gentleman, it was a memorable experience. The family has some 220 acres of vineyards, mostly in the south of Epernay and the Cotes de blancs. This particular Champagne is composed of one third Pinot Noir, one third Chardonnay and one third Meunier. It spends three years on its lees. Each grape brings different aspects to the blend: Pinot Noir brings body, Pinot Meunier provides freshness and fruit notes and Chardonnay enhances the experience by adding an elegant lift.

This Champagne has a beautiful perlage, lovely floral and fruit notes as well as nutty and toasty aromas and flavors that make this a classic and a great one to celebrate sweetness in your life. I drank it right after my beautiful, long desired son arrived in 2014. Every time I have this wine, I think of how marvelous that bottle was indeed. Cheers to life and to Niccolo’, my exquisite boy.

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Wine of the Week: Pol Roger Extra Cuvee Reserve

Pol Roger

I’ve decided to dedicate a number of posts this month to sparkling wines, Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and all the other bubbles that make life delicious. I love sparkling wine and the holiday season is upon us so it seems a perfect time to take a look at some of the ones I have had this year.

Celebrating the arrival of my new bundle of joy earlier this fall, I shared a bottle of this wine with my family, a perfect pairing and a great wine to celebrate his arrival.

Pol Roger is one of the last few champagne houses that are still entirely family owned. In fact, my very first wine tasting in New York years ago was a Wildman portfolio tasting, Pol Roger importer, and a member of the family was there pouring their wines. A very elegant older gentleman, it was a memorable experience. The family has some 220 acres of vineyards, mostly in the south of Epernay and the Cotes de blancs. This particular Champagne is composed of one third Pinot Noir, one third Chardonnay and one third Meunier. It spends three years on its lees. Each grape brings different aspects to the blend: Pinot Noir brings body, Pinot Meunier provides freshness and fruit notes and Chardonnay enhances the experience by adding an elegant lift.

This Champagne has a beautiful perlage, lovely floral and fruit notes as well as nutty and toasty aromas and flavors that make this a classic and a great one to celebrate sweetness in your life.

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Happy Bastille Day: Remembering A Toast With Pierre Peters

Paris

I have been fortunate enough to celebrate La Fête Nationale Francaise – Le Quatorze Juillet, a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789 of the Bastille, in Paris on a number of occasions. As readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile in my early life and majored in French in college. My father has always been somewhat obsessed with France and the lifestyle and food so it is a natural for me to think of today as a celebration.

Pierre Peters

This year I am having a quiet holiday but last year was a real kick as I toasted with a marvelous champagne called Pierre Peters on a mountain top at 1,778 meters in Cortina, Italy as part of VinoVip 2013.

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Charlie and I were both part of that lovely event. It was the first time I attended this incredible event or visited Cortina and I certainly hope it won’t be the last. VinoVip takes place every two years and Civilta del Bere and it’s publisher, Alessandro Torcoli, really put on a good show.

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We toasted with the Cuvee Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs – Grand Cru. They have just over 18 hectares of vines,located in the area of the “Côte des Blancs” and more specifically in the villages of Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Cramant and Avize. Just a bit south of Epernay, the soils are chalky while the vineyards face east as protection from westerly winds.

They only produce the Extra Brut in certain years but it is not marked on the label. I thought this was a lovely Champagne with white fruit and floral aromas as well as almonds and bread crust. On the finish, its all about minerality and finesse. A very elegant wine, I would snap up a couple of bottles whenever I see them.

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