Monday, February 15, 2010

Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002

Picked this up a while back--probably a year plus--from K&L at the recommendation of Steve Greer. 40$, which is actually fairly cheap for Champagne. Although you can get a lot of domestic sparklers for way less, they really lack something that Champagne has. Domestic sparklers I've had are sweeter with more fruit than Champagne, just as a rule of thumb. That makes them less interesting and complex to my palate. This particular wine is a blend of Grand Cru vineyards (from Mesnil, Oger, and Cramant), and is a blancs de blancs, or all-Chardonnay. Lots of hazelnut (hell maybe some mushroom too, now that I think about it), citrus, and green apple. Poised, elegant, and a nice finish. I very much enjoyed this Champagne, although let's face it, it is pretty expensive. A- Sarah and I drank this with some lobster tails, and some pasta with garlic, tomatoes, and lots of butter, because we decided that Valentines Day at a restaurant is kind of whack. You'd be much better off to go to whatever restaurant you want to go to NOT on Valentines Day. Valentines at restaurants tends seems to us to be all about stereotypical, expensive, prix fixe menus. Plus, let's face it, it's always a zoo, so the kitchen probably is a little harried. Anyways, we had a great time at home and we're going to spend what we would have spent on Valentines day in Rome, probably at Al Pompiere (which has the best cuttlefish I've ever eaten in my entire life) in the Jewish Ghetto.   

3 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

We had a Blanc de Blancs for Valentine's Day, too. Iron Horse '04 Blanc de Blanc. Wow, it was acidic and dry! I'd love to try one with some age because it was so intense. It had some serous spine and purity of fruit--this is definitely the way I want to drink my Chard.

Jeff said...

Nice--Great minds think alike. You keep on saying good stuff about Iron Horse. I'm going to have to check them out because they are most definitely cheaper than the majority of Champagne...

CabFrancoPhile said...

The BdB just sticks out to me because it's bordering on austere, in a good way. The RS, according to their tech sheets, is lower than even their Ultra Brut! Their standards like the Russian Cuvee and Vintage Brut have 2-3 times higher RS. Super food wine . . . .