Champagne for Days

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I celebrated my birthday last week... all seven days of last week. A delicious kind Homeric odyssey, if you will. 

One part of that birthday odyssey was my 7-champagne comparison. As in, we drank 7 champagnes! I personally love champagne and am not a champagne snob at all, I mix high & low and love discovering new ones. 

For this "project" we chose a good range. All nonvintage except the last (NV means the grapes used weren't from any specific year; Vintage indicates a specific year's batch of grapes.) Since the time between bottles was relatively little, we were able to compare the tastes and remember which we liked best. 

Here are the contenders: 

Amour de Paris Peach from Trader Joe's (technically a sparkling wine, not champagne)
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Demi-Sec
Henriot Brut
Bollinger
Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne 2000

I thought I'd share my photos as well as some very casual comments on each. (No extravagant descriptions a la Wine Spectator with phrases like "tastes bright"! )

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Amour de Paris Peach (Trader Joe's)
I love peach-anything… especially during the summer seasons when the peaches are abundant and delicious. This smelled strongly of sweet peaches :) I liked it at first, but in the end it's just too sweet for me.

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Nicolas Feuillatte Brut
Friends know that this is a staple in our household. (Maybe more so than the other staples...) It's a great champagne that leans a touch sour. We switch it up between the rose and the brut. 

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut & Demi Sec
Just okay. We bought both the Brut & Demi sec to compare directly how big the difference is between the sugar contents of the two. I strongly preferred the Brut, while Jon liked the Demi Sec. (Demi sec is 2 levels sweeter than Brut -- it goes Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Sec, Sec, Demi Sec, Doux. Sec means "dry," or not sweet… except in champagne land, where it takes on the opposite meaning. So Demi-sec is sweeter than Sec. If you feel confused and annoyed, just KEEP CALM & DRINK YOUR CHAMPAGNE.)

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Henriot Brut
Recommended pairing: summer boat rides
New favorite! It had just the perfect balance of acidity, sweetness, flavor and aroma. I can see why it's rated so highly by Wine Spectator. Yummm!

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Bollinger
Recommended pairing: romantic red roses, with glitter on the petals :)
Good… not as good as the Henriot. 

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Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne 2000
Recommended pairing: tastes excellent with Prada ;)
Yummm x75869. You know how the descriptions for wines by wine spectator are always really eloquent and fabulous -- "notes of fresh raspberries, white summer linens, the morning dew on a single blade of grass in Corsica, France?" Well I'm a total pleeb with wines because I don't get those descriptions at all, drink as I might. But I can say that you will definitely enjoy the floral notes in this champagne! It smells great and the taste is "floral" in a nice way. Kinda pricey, so I love this for special occasions!

Conclusion:
Everyday drinking: Henriot ♡
Special occasions YOLO! Grab a bottle for tonight!: Fleur de Champagne!