On occasion I (and my wife by extension) get invited by a restaurant to enjoy an evening of wining & dining on the house in exchange for some Instagram publicity. I, of course, gladly accept their hospitality, not only because I love food & wine but also because I relish the opportunity to share (hopefully) positive experiences had at local restaurants. Tonight’s experience was at Lucio’s BYOB, which I’ve been to numerous times. However, tonight I was invited to return for dinner and explore a multitude of new menu items at the behest of their Marketing Director, Irina, who has had the pleasure of serving at various acclaimed restaurants in France and Italy (including none other than Osteria Francescana), as well as numerous local hot-shot restaurants here in Houston. Since I would be the only one drinking over dinner, I chose to bring a Champagne split of a selection I had never had before by a producer I had never experienced. Tsarine’s Brut Rosé offered the perfect pairing for all manner of dishes from cured gravlox, to crab cake, to Australian lamb rack, to assorted desserts and more. Ripe strawberries, peaches, and delicate flowers, I enjoyed my first exposure to this producer and wouldn’t mind trying some of their other offerings. — a day ago
The more I have of this Cuvée, the more I like it.
The nose reveals; lemon parfait, lemon meringue, golden apple with green apple that layers underneath it, grapefruit, fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, marzipan, cream, toast, caramel, hints of ginger, sea shells, verbena, soft chalkiness, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms and spring flowers.
The body is soft, rich, creamy mousse and lively in the mouth. The palate is lemon sorbet, lime zest, honeysuckle, pineapple, verbena, golden apple, some green apple, caramel, light spice that brings some palate heat, toast, hints of ginger, marzipan, silvered almond, brioche, beautiful nice chalkiness, sea spray, grey volcanic minerals that penetrate into your palate, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms and spring flowers. The acidy is very nice...well executed, the long, rich, balanced finish is quite enjoyable and persists on the palate for minutes.
Photos of, the Champagne House of Laurent-Perrier, their tasting bar, retail shop and beautifully manicured Grand Cru Vineyard. — 6 days ago
Not a ton of fizz left, but color is exciting! Lots of raisins and toasty pear on the nose, and the palate has prune/honey notes. Very cool to try this vintage, a wonderful gift from a good friend for our anniversary. We opened it today to celebrate finally being debt free except the mortgage. Good Monday vibes! 🍾🥂 — 4 days ago
Medium lemon gold in appearance with tiny bubbles. Still an absolutely baby, took a couple hours just to open up. Thick nose layered with brioche, lemon zest, acidic Granny Smith apples and some gravel. High mouthwatering acidity (8/10) and full bodied. Quite austere in its youth wanting to come out of its shell. Electrifying on the tongue with layers of citrus zest, white minerality, green apples, a touch of salinity and some yeast. Long and never ending finish. Drink from 2020 till 2045.
This bottling is the 164ème Édition of the Grande Cuvée by Krug which spent at least 8 years aging in the cellars (bottled Summer 2016) and is comprised of a blend of 127 different wines (38% reserve) covering 11 different vintages from 1990 to 2008. The blend is made up of 48% Pinot Noir (some from Montagne de Reims, Verzenay and Ay), 35% Chardonnay (some from Villers-Marmery and Trépail) and 17% Pinot Meunier (some from Sainte-Gemme). — 3 months ago
This wine was an experience. At first it seemed possibly past it’s prime with some notes of oxidation and nuttiness on top of ripe fruits and a zing of acidity. After 30-45 minutes of air it was simply stunning. The wine came into balance with deep fruit, gobs of citrus overtones, wonderful acidic lift and a finish for days. So many flavors all in one place. — 12 days ago
You know that craving you have sometimes for something very specific, and when you get something close to that you are disappointed because it doesn’t satiate your exact craving? This matched everything I was looking for. It was yeasty, toffee driven, caramel & oxidized fruit. The bubbles were minuscule and the mousse was extremely creamy. Lots of baked fruit/toasted aromatics and notes on the palate. This is drinking really well right now. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks @Mark Flesher — 4 hours ago
January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.
This gained color as it sat in the glass. I’m still a little surprised it was a Rosé as there was very little pink color to it. I called it a West Coast sparkler (Blanc de Noir) with 5-7yrs of age on it. Bubbles were larger than other champagnes I’ve enjoyed. No yeast or limestone notes. Aged herbal nose to it that I really enjoyed. Rhubarb, pink lady apple, and some honeyed pear. — 9 days ago
What a really nice Rosé Champange from Drappier and an extraordinary value at Costco at $39.99. I’m not giving up my Billecart Salmon Rosé but, this is pretty close to Ruinart. At this price point, it’s being well added to rotation.
The nose reveals, ripe; black cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon and orange rind citrus. Fruit blossoms, pink rose petals, nice, soft chalkiness, sea spray, sea shells, volcanic minerals and a touch of white spice.
The palate is fresh & lively. Nice micro bubbles. It’s thick and rich. The fruits are ripe and deeply concentrated. Ripe; black cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon, orange rind citrus, nice, soft chalkiness, sea spray, sea shells, strong presence of gritty volcanic minerals that press deeply into the palate, a fair amount of dark spice on the palate with fruit blossoms, pink & red rose petals. The acidity is really good...lively. The long, rich, beautiful, well balanced finish persists several minutes.
Photos of, the Champagne House of Drappier, wide & really chalky caves, different oak vats they use for fermentation and one of Drapper’s Grand Cru vineyards. — a day ago