Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut Rose 6/750 2007
In any cadre of aficionados the question when conversation dries up "what one book, one recording, one companion would you chose to take if you knew you'd be stranded on a desert island?" When folks know you're a wine geek that question is what one wine would you take to a desert isle. For me the situation needn't be so desperate to illicit an answer of Champagne; for me a deserted aisle would do. Champagne is from the eponymous region of France an hour or so east of Paris. Here the finest sparkling wines in the world are made. They vary in the proportional blend of grapes, Chardonnay and the two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and what the soil is like. That said for the purposes of this blurp what you will expect is a delicacy and precision that lifts you to poetics; I feel so James, James Bond ala Sean Connory when I'm enjoying a glass of Champagne. Total disclosure here... there is no such thing as a glass of Champagne.
Roasted birds are a preternatural match but Pinot Noir goes with any number of dishes ranging from those incorporating wild game and foraged mushrooms to veal stews or grilled fleshy fish. For a classic cheese pairing hunt down some Epoisse...
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