Fantastic value, fantastic quality Champagne

So there are three things about Champagne that you should consider.

  1. The production of it is incredibly labor-intensive. Therefore, it has to be expensive.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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