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A few things in life guarantee instant happiness. A chilled glass filled with a brilliant golden liquid—tiny, yet forceful bubbles emerging with a promise of pleasure—always does the trick for me. Perfectly crafted Champagne. Created, surely, for gods, but inherited by mortals by some fortunate mistake.
French law states that vintage Champagne must be aged for a minimum of four years before it can be sold. The Lassalle vintage Cuvée Spéciale ages for at least seven, until it is ready.
Fortunately for us, the 2005 Cuvée Spéciale, my new favorite, has been released and is available in the shop. A blend of equal parts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it’s a serious Champagne with great depth and intensity. The palate is exquisite with notes of ripe fruit, rich toast, a touch of nuttiness, and citrusy freshness.
Instant happiness? Guaranteed.
|Blend:||50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay|
|Aging:||Aged minimum 7 years on the lees before disgorgement|
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312