Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ben's Bubbly: Jean Vesselle Brut

Ben is starting to get mobile. He began sitting up a few weeks ago and this past week he has been rocking while he sits. He also is scooting and spinning around while he is on his stomach. He isn't quick, but his 3' x 3' floor blanket is now just a recommended play area. He often rolls or scoots off of it in pursuit of a toy (usually a red plastic cup or plastic water bottle that he adores) or a cat. In fact, while he was sitting a few days ago, he reached out and grabbed a cat that got too close. He kept his grip as the cat walked away, he was pulled over and dragged a few inches until the cat lay down in defeat. Maybe it was just my sleep-deprived brain, but I thought this was one of the funniest things I had seen in a long time.

NV Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve, Champagne

This week is the second week in a row we've toasted the little man with a Champagne. While we've had plenty of sparklers from around the world, there is nothing quite like the "real" thing. While champagne is the term most people use to refer to all sparkling wine, true Champagne only comes from the Champagne region in northern France. The chalk sub-soils and marginal climate make for unique conditions that produce special wines. While it is common knowledge in wine circles that Champagne is made from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, three other grape varieties, pinot blanc, arbanne, and petit meslier are allowed but account for less than one percent of grape production. Some day I will get to try the Moutard Cuvée aux 6 Cepages, but this week's wine is a blend of only 20% chardonnay and 80% pinot noir. This multi-vintage is a golden wheat color. The nose is pleasant with apple blossom dominating. Smooth and crisp, tasty flavors of green apples and strawberries are most prominent on the palate. I tend to prefer blanc de blancs or chardonnay dominant blends, but this wine showed a softness and delicacy that I enjoy while still providing the body and fruitiness of a pinot-heavy wine. If you see a bottle of this, give it a try! 12% abv Purchased $44. Very Good

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