A short while ago, Brian, Lindsay, and Emmet moved to Chappaqua, and so on a Sunday afternoon, we took the train to meet them. Our initial Imbibe New York Wine Club date was set for the morning after Jennifer’s birthday, and so Brian chose Champagne–the lush coat of a monkey’s back that would provide just nip we needed to recover from her birthday debauch.
Since there was no particular focus to our tasting–no specific producer, grape/blend, or area in Champagne–I’m going to keep this short and sweet with a few notes about the wines we drank.
First up–Fleury Pere & Fils Brut Champagne–a biodynamic producer. In the glass–a light, copper-tinged, biscuit-colored Champagne. Lots of grape on the palate, which a few of us loved. (I was not one of them.) Tight bubbles and sour acidity, with a chalky texture that I did enjoy. It’s a fine Champagne, that caused many a lady to swoon. I’m simply a girl who prefers more dirt and rocks and less fruit.
R. Dumont & Fils Brut Champagne. The color of pale, honey straw, with a light yeasty nose that’s fruit forward with red delicious. There’s a fine acidity that lingers and soft chalk that went down nice and easy.
Vilmart & Cie Grand Réserve–another organic/biodynamic wine that’s light and airy with raining acidity, chalky minerality, and slight apple fruit. The flavors are delicate, yet integrated–not one steps forward from the blend to leave the others behind.
Moutard Pere et Fils Champagne Rosé de Cuvaison–Absolutely divine. Super minerally with notes of rose petals. There’s a fruit-driven acidity, but it’s hard to define…maybe ruddy apricot. Whatever it is, the Moutard was certainly my favorite Champagne of the day.