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the music of the bubbly

Nothing like hanging out with someone whose family makes some of France’s best Champagne.

photo 1Clovis Taittinger, who commutes from Paris to his family’s estate in Champagne every day, was in NYC for a few days and luckily opened some bottles with me. He travels almost every week, all over the world, and had just gotten back from the SAG Awards in LA. He opened the red carpet by toasting with Elizabeth Rohm from American Hustle (still haven’t seen, ridiculous!), which is a totally appropriate movie since the Nocturne bottle wrap looks like a purple disco ball. Obviously, at night people are popping in all manner of clubs and parties so a disco ball makes sense. But someone else said the shades of purple also reflect the different ripening stages of the red grapes in the Champagne. I like both theories, and like the Nocturne Champagne even more. Super delicate and light, always love making a new bubbly friend. It’s 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier (the Meunier often has something to do with its delicate florals).

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We also tried the Brut La Francaise which I’ve had many times before, the Millesime 2005, and the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005. Not bad for one sitting, right? My favorite out of those three was the Millesime – deep, lush yellow apple that went fantastic with my tuna sashimi. Clovis ordered a burger and fries, and I have to point that out because 1) Champagne and fries are one of the best pairings ever and 2) goes to show that good Champagne even holds up to red meat (lots of people even drink it with steak). 

Clovis describes Champagne as “musical” and that’s about the best description for it I’ve heard in a while. Pop a bottle and turn up some good tunes.

5 thoughts on “the music of the bubbly

  1. Jukebox Music Player. Been using for a couple weeks. Does exactly what I need. Has themes and gets lyrics from the web. I think it’s fairly new but it has a new update with new stuff in it every other day it seems.metal

  2. Yes, yes, YES!!! That is a very important lesson to be learned from musicals. Although you could also have the takeaway that rocking an awesome pair pf shoes will sic evil witches and flying monkeys on you….pool table

  3. Great list I just stumbled upon as you sent a link out. I think one of the most current and best “loops” is the new Downtown Disney music loop at the Disneyland Resort. A lot of favorites and current hits from the Disney animation movies but in big band swing and jazz style. Some will catch you off guard because the tone and rhythm are different than in the film. Its definitely something I’d like to get my hands on. For more click here

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