So there are three things about Champagne that you should consider.
- The production of it is incredibly labor-intensive. Therefore, it has to be expensive.
- It is largely dominated by enormous houses that produce millions of bottles annually with the result that, although they are correct and predictable, they are often lacking in the excitement factor.
- You will be astonished by how much better Champagne tastes if it is 45-50 degrees - not refrigerator temperature - and if you serve it in almost anything other than a flute. I use a Riedel Burgundy glass. After all, Champagne is composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier!
So here is an antidote to boring, predictable Champagne. Champagne R de Veuve Fourny Vertus Extra Brut, only $56.99!
We tasted it last week and were blown away by it. A blend of 90% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier vinified in oak. It is a dead ringer for Krug MV Brut which sells for about 4 times as much. Rich and creamy, full-bodied with intense minerality, it is just sensational (The Wine Advocate rates it 93 points), and a great value to boot.
This is definitely a Champagne to serve with dinner. Take home the pan-roasted halibut from I Nonni's curbside take-out menu for a match made in heaven!