THE DECEMBER SET: Champagne!
Life is worth celebrating... and we certainly don’t do it enough. Because the holidays are about love, friendship and family, they are perfect time of year to raise a glass filled with sparkling wine. It isn't just that Champagne bubbles defy gravity, floating up to the drinker in a seductive and sensual aromatic foam, its that the pleasure they incur is contagious - no drink comes close! Here are three of our favorites for the season.
Nytimber Classic Cuvee Brut, West Chiltington England
Traditional method: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
England’s first world-class sparkling and the crown jewel of English wines. Established in 1988, Nyetimber has received more accolades than they can count and have contributed more to the reputation of English sparkling wines than anyone else. What separates them from the rest is the much longer lees aging which gives the wines a toasty richness and complexity. Nyetimber is the closest wine we’ve tasted to a fine Champagne made outside of Champagne. Sharing the same chalky soil and marginal growing climate as the world-famous region across the channel, English sparkling is something to keep your eye on! $60
Pol Roger Brut Reserve, Epernay NV
Traditional method: equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier
Established in 1849, Pol Roger is a favorite wine of the House of Windsor, and notoriously Winston’s Churchill’s favorite Champagne. The prime minister was known to order the wine in great quantities, and after his death the company created a prestige cuvée in his honor “Sir Winston Churchill.” Pol Roger Champagne is known for it’s deep and rich Pinot Noir heavy cuvées, and also still continuing to hand riddle all of their bottles! The Brut Reserve is a bright and intensely fruity Champagne that we absolutely adore! $49
J-M Seleque Solessence Brut, Pierry NV
Traditional method: 100% Chardonnay
Jean-Mark Seleque is a small grower in the village of Pierry, and a rising star winemaker to watch. Seleque returned from internships at Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley as well as Austrialia’s Yarra Valley and converted his family’s domaine over to organics, even going so far as to return to plowing the rows with a horse rather than tractor. The wines are precise, expressive of place and just plain delicious. We are happy to have stumbled upon this gem of a wine! The Solessence brut is dry, fresh and full of energy and makes a perfect starter to any occasion. $45