As most of you who follow this blog already know, the 1WD family recently had a +1 when my second daughter Gianna was born at the end of September. We’re smitten, of course… and getting accustomed to functioning on less sleep than we though possible for carbon-based life forms… but smitten, nonetheless.
I still consider myself on 1WD paternity leave at the moment, so postings here have been infrequent and way, way , WAY behind. Which, having come of age in Peak Capitalism USA, of course makes me feel guilty. Despite the fact that access to everything published on 1WD is still priced at $0.00.
Anyway… I thought I’d share what we drank after my girlfriend could finally drink again and we brought Gianna back to the homestead, so that this little corner of the Global Interwebs seems a bit less neglected!
There’s a part of me that has fallen in love with Gosset’s 1970s-esque, so-hideous-it’s-awesome throwback packaging. And a part of me that hasn’t. But since they’re from oldest wine house in Champagne (established in 1584), they get a pass. Thankfully, what’s inside that packaging isn’t anywhere close to being hideous. This 64% Chardonnay and 36% Pinot Noir bubbly is a blend of wines from 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1995, and finished off with a fairly low dosage of 3.5 g/l. 1998 was the fourth vintage of their prestige cuvée to be released in a decade span, sourced entirely from 8 Grand Cru sites (in Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, and the Grande Valée de la Marne).
AS far as what’s in the glass: this is gorgeous drinking, folks. Dried tropical fruits, like pineapple, that exceedingly pure, along with bruised golden apple, brioche, dried flower petals, and grilled lemon… The palate is linear and focused, but with enough depth and roundness to prevent it from being too stand-offish. It’s basically exceptional, and a great choice for those who like the Champagne middle-ground between zingy, electrodes-hooked-up-to-your-nipples acidity and croissant-shoved-into-a-glass richness.
Also, because you will hound me for them probably if I don’t do it… here are more baby pics: