Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NV Champagne

NV Janisson & Fils

NV Janisson & Fils Brut Tradition, AC Champagne, Verzenay

How appropriate that I write about a Champagne on the eve of a momentous milestone for La Cave de Fang. My first bottle of Champagne this year as well. No particular occasion - I'm taking my own advice and drinking Champagne just because.

I've had this bottle for about 8 months. It's a shame that they don't print the disgorging dates. This non-vintage is a blend of 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay, and looking at their website, this estate owns parcels in some pretty impressive vineyards around Champagne. They really have vines in Le Mesnil sur Oger?

Pale yellow colour, with a good mousse. Steady, medium-sized bead. To be clear, I was using my larger stems. There's an intense, characteristic Champagne nose. Yeasty and bready, with a hint of minerality and citrus. Some pretty noticeable sulphur though, which is a bit disturbing. In the mouth, the fresh lemon follows. A bit sour on the finish, even. Yeasty in all its Champagne glory. Refreshing, with a lingering finish. Very, very satisfying.

I bought a stainless steel Champagne stopper a few months ago, but never had the chance to use it. This bottle gave me the opportunity. Finished about half the bottle for dinner, which by the way, matched perfectly. Champagne and richer seafoods together are just profound. The other half of the bottle I drank the next day, with a lovely strawberry shortcake. The high acid of the Champagne, and the creamy, well-tempered sweetness of the cake was a revelation. Absolutely delicious.

This Champagne was not profound. But, it served it's purpose. And with food........just amazing.

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