If there is one thing we have all learned to expect this year, it is the unexpected. Even so, here we are, right on time with our annual Champagne sale—and, boy, is Champagne in order! In case you’re feeling a little humbuggish, convinced there is nothing to celebrate, I asked our three Champagne producers why it’s always appropriate to pop a cork. Charles Fourny, a suave ambassador of his family’s wine and fervent believer in the revitalizing powers of Champagne, said, “Any weekend with Champagne is a successful one. It is the nectar of exceptional moments just as it is a remedy for life’s trials.” Case in point: Stéphanie Ducloux from Champagne Paul Bara recounted a near-miss on the autoroute when a semi almostmerged into her car, leaving a long scratch, but no further harm. “As soon as I walked in the door, I said to my husband, ‘Let’s open a nice bottle because I’m a survivor!’ ” Surviving life’s trials, voilà—a good reason to celebrate. You can do it with style à la Angéline Templier, granddaughter of Jules and Olga Lassalle, who shared her “everyday improvement” to her Italian grandmother’s risotto recipe: Cuvée Angéline! Used as the base to render the rice transparent, it becomes a good excuse to share a glass or three of Champagne as you stir. “The risotto is perfectly cooked when the bottle is empty,” advised Angéline. There you have it, the joie de vivre à la Champenoise: when life throws lemons, drink Champagne. Stock up now!
J. Lassalle France | Champagne | Chigny-Les-Roses
The Spécial Club represents an elite association of growers who abide by such strict standards of quality. Extremely limited quantities, maximum 3 bottles per purchase.
Paul Bara France | Champagne | Bouzy
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One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years.
This kind of “overachiever”—a wine that delivers the elegance, complexity, or flat-out deliciousness regularly displayed by bottles much more expensive—isn’t limited to any price category. My colleagues and I have been as enamored in recent months with $19 Dolcetto from northwestern Italy as we have with soulful grand cru Saint-Émilion.
As far as I know, Kermit has never explicitly asked Kuentz-Bas to craft a series of wines to keep us engaged, on our toes, and refreshed most every night of the week. But, as you’ll discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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