Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wine Blogging Wednesday #25

It may have taken 25 editions but finally, thanks to Sam, Wine Blogging Wednesday has gone all fizzy. There were a couple of interesting adjuncts to this edition - discovering lesser known champagnes and providing a food match.

box

Inside this box is a Champagne that I've gotten to know quite well. It's the house Champagne at Vue de Monde and I've indulged in a glass (or fifty) while dining there.

bottle

This is Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée No. 729.

The house was founded in 1798 by Memmie Jacquesson and though no longer in the family it's the oldest independent champagne house in France. It was also quite a favourite of Napoleon - it was served at his wedding to Marie-Louise. In 1810 he also gave it the highest imperial award, a gold medal for outstanding commercial enterprise. The relationship with Napoleon can be seen today in the decoration on the cage and capsule.

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Cuvée No. 729 is made from a blend of the 2001 harvest (58%) and reserve wines (42%). The composition is 34% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir and 32% Pinot Meunier sourced from Grands and Premiers Cres in the Grande Vallée de la Marne, the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. Dosage is listed at 6 grams per litre and it was disgorged in April 2005.

Price-wise, you can find this around the $65AUD ($48 USD/€38) mark.

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Straw-coloured, excellent steady bead, light yeast on the nose. Citrus flavours dominate creating a clean and refined finish. It's an elegant wine that certainly stimulates the appetite.

The dish made to match was the onion and anchovy tartlets.

match

On the food match, l have to agree that this is a good combination of flavours to match with the Champagne. The anchovies really get your taste-buds working and the onions round it out with their sweetness - the citrus flavours cut through the fats, almost cleansing the palette.

I'll certainly recommend keeping an eye out for this Champagne.

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4 comments:

  1. Why does reading about Champagne feel like you're reading poetry? I must try this one, thanks for the recommendation.

    By the way I have fallen in love with your blog and have been going through the archives, bravo!

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  2. Thank you Julia for those lovely comments - it's really nice to know that you've enjoyed the blog.
    There's a certain amount of romance with Champagne I think that's what gives it that poetic tinge. Hope you enjoy the bubble - have a glass for me!

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  3. Haalo - great post - I was particularly interested in the historical aspect. I love it when there is an interesting hstory behind a product. Those little tarts are cute too and sound like an excellent match.

    I think am like you (50 glasses of champagne doesn't sound unreasonable to me).

    I am working on the round up. Monday is my current ETA.

    Cheers, hic!

    Sam

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  4. Thanks Sam - there isn't an occasion that doesn't improve with a nicely chilled glass (or five) of champagne ;)d

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