CHAMPAGNE FRIDAY – CANARD DUCHENE Authentic Brut

OK – I’m a day late. I had some computer issues yesterday. And then there was dinner and some couch time with Connor and the Misses. To help make up for it, here is a lovely quote from Mme. Lily Bollinger.

Champagne? I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.

That about sums it up – sort of the Champagne equivalent of the Clay Walker song “Only On Days That End In Y”. Champagne is indeed lovely stuff. Here is another worthy of your consideration:

CANARD DUCHENE Authentic Brut, Champagne, NV
Tech Note: 12% Alcohol. A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims crus of Ludes, Chingy, Verzy, Vertus, Tauxieres, and Cumieres.       Sensory Note: Dark-straw in color with a hint of green-gold. Fully sparkling; dry, medium full-bodied with very fresh acidity.    Toasty rich but balanced with plenty of citrus and some tree fruit. Lots of mineral and some earthiness. Has the acidity it needs to handle the 1% dosage. Improves in the glass. Delicious, alive.     Bear Note: This is one of those Champagnes I enjoy slowly sipping on as it warms and flattens a bit over the course of the evening. It is showing some development but is aggressively frothy when first poured. Give it some time in the glass and you’ll really enjoy it. BS: 91+.  ($34.00)