mid-week magnums: large format champagne poured by the glass, 4pm - until we run out
Why drink out of a magnum? Magnums are one and a half liters, twice a standard 750mL bottle. The reason magnum is the ideal format for enjoying your favorite bubble beverage has to do with the relationship between volume and oxidation. Wine corks are watertight but not airtight. They allow for the slow and steady passage of oxygen gas in and out of the bottles which contributes to the ageing of the wine. Magnums have twice the volume of a regular bottle but roughly the same diameter neck, which means that they age slower and more steadily. You can expect greater freshness from older vintages when drinking champagne from a magnum. Additionally, magnums are usually bottled first with the best barrel selection, so you’re likely to find better juice in there from the get go. Cheers!
November 7th: Laurent Perrier, $19/glass
Today’s Big Wednesday pour is a classic: Laurent Perrier ‘La Cuvée’ NV. Founded in 1812, this house has been making beautifully finessed champagnes for over two hundred years. The high proportion of Chardonnay in this blend gives it its fresh aromatics. Pinot Noir provides structure and and reserve wine adds depth and complexity. The wine finishes with bright acidity and a hint of nuttiness.
November 14th: Bollinger Special Cuvée, $22/glass
Bollinger’s Special Cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier and 85% of its overall production is Grand Cru and Premier Cru fruit. The wine has a beautifully rich, golden color and a very fine bead. Aromas of ripe fruit, roasted apples and spice dominate the bouquet. On the palate, the wine shows remarkable richness and dynamism: persistent and soft bubbles, pear and stone fruit flavors with overlays of fresh walnut and brioche.
In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée - “special” written the English way, without an accent. He thought the French expression “Brut sans année” was no match for such a subtle champagne… More than a hundred years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolizes both its expertise and its history.
November 28th: René Geoffroy Cuvée Expression, $18/glass
Join us for a glass of René Geoffroy Cuvee Expression. Ripe and fragrant, with an expressive bouquet that releases beautiful aromas of apple sauce, enhanced with notes of vanilla. On the palate, the attack is refined with a broad range of fruit and a beautifully fresh finish. This is one of the few Champagnes that showcases the unique terroir of Cumèires. Cheers!
December 5th: Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix, $19/glass
This gorgeous blanc de noirs grower champagne is named ‘eye of the partridge’ after its orange-ish hue. Almost a rose, but not quite, this is a classic expression of Bouzy terroir.