Bubbly 2007

(Yes, it’s been a long time. I have much to write about, including two incomplete articles that I started in August. I promise to catch up soon.)

To celebrate the coming year, I went out tonight and purchased a bottle of Paul Goerg Demi-Sec champagne. According to the company website, this is a non-vintage champagne comprising 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir grapes. Upon popping open the bottle, I was greeted by a yeasty, bready aroma — the artifact of the addition of liqueur de tirage to the bottle in the first steps of its production, and a telling sign that this wine was indeed from the Champagne region. The wine emerged a pale gold, pouring into the flute with a generous froth that gave way to a steady stream of very small beads rising from the bottom. After a few minutes, the nose developed to include slight undertones of honey and sweet flowers. The bubble proved lively on the tongue, as they should, complementing the relative sweetness and weight of this demi-sec wine. There was a predominant citrus character interlaced with juicy pear, giving way to a tangy and slightly dry finish. In fact, while I know that French demi-secs still run somewhat dry, I was a little surprised by the tannin-like sensations that lingered on the palate.

This is a modestly priced bottle of champagne, in line with most French non-vintage offerings. As such, it offers a nicely balanced taste profile and presents a good value for the money. Within its price range, it stands up very well for itself. We used it mostly as an apertif, but also in combination with buttered home-made bread to great success. I think it would also work with lighter, somewhat fatty dishes that would benefit from the bright acidity and fruitiness of the wine.

Happy New Year! I’ll save the deep reflections for another day; for now, let’s just look forward to 2007 and face the future with good cheer.

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