Champagne Friday: PJ Pink

blason-rosePolar vortex, rain, ice, and not knowing how to drive on ice seem to be the topics of the day. My solution is to go home and drink some Champagne. My choice is Perrier Jouet’s quite excellent Blason Rosé. With some truffle popcorn. And a favorite old movie. Or two.

PERRIER-JOUET Blason Rose, Champagne, NV ($75.99)
A 12% alcohol blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay.  The grapes are pressed in the grand cru village of Cramant (in the Cote de Blancs) in Perrier-Jouët’s traditional wooden presses. After it’s racked, the clear juice is transported to Épernay for primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks. After Champenization and 6 years of age en triage, the wine is disgorged and dosed to 11 grams of sugar per liter (about 1.1%).   Sensory: Salmon-pink in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-full-bodied with softly balanced (for a bubbly) acidity and light phenolics.  Offers riper red fruit with just a touch of citrus along with a darker floral note, some earthy richness, and subtle toast. This is much more vinous (with a bit of red wine character) tasting than most Rosé Champagnes. Delicious; GREAT food Rosé. BS: 94.

Champagne offers a minimum of alcohol and a maximum of companionship.” – David Niven