Special Occasion Wines Worth The Price


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New York Times best-selling, Hester Browne once said “Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge”  Be it New Year’s, birthdays,  a wedding, or (hopefully) any other day you choose to celebrate living, there is no wine that says special occasion better than Champagne!  My recommendation for special occasion wine worth the price is Champagne Louis Roederer’s first new cuvée in more than 40 years– the 2006 Louis Roederer Champagne Starck Brut Nature.  The wine is the fruit of several convergences: between a historic terroir with a remarkable year, a Champagne House that respects nature, and Philippe Starck, a creative genius with a free spirit, who created the new wine’s label and collaborated with Roederer on the concept and philosophy of this unique Champagne. The goal of Roederer’s first Brut Nature cuvee was not to jump on the zero dosage bandwagon, but to create a special cuvee that expressed the vineyards and vintage together without the addition of dosage. The absence of dosage allows the intrinsic qualities of the wine and its terroir to shine through.  Sourcing fruit from the biodynamic portions of their estate vineyards, Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and his team went against the classic Méthode Champenoise.  Fruit for the wine was sourced from one terroir (what Lécaillon calls a “single coteau” from calcareous clay soil on the hillsides of Cumières, Hautvillers, and Vertus ), picked in one day, co-pressed and co-fermented,  and bottled with lower pressure  It’s a blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation.  The result is a singular cuvée with an ethereal character that is elegant, and pure with subtle pastry, pear, red fruit, citrus peel, hazelnut, white flower and a kiss of spice aromas that intensify with time in the glass.  On the palate, it’s bone dry, fresh, and focused with admirable depth and persistence.  It shows ample and very appealing pear, persimmon, tart apple, dried red fruits, and lemon peel flavors and a bit of spiced vanilla flavors with a saline minerality. Long satisfying finish.  
Martin Redmond, Enofylz Wine Blog

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