November 23, 2007


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In recent times, the majority of my consumption of champagne (or methode champenois products) has been restricted to domestic bubblies. That's because there are so many new ones coming along I like to keep up on them from a consumer's point of view. Sometimes, however, it's a treat to get back to basics as I did with my Thanksgiving meal.

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut:

This product from the famous Piper-Heidsieck house founded way back in 1785 is the epitome of a French non-vintage brut champagne.

It's a pale gold with pinpoint bubbles that last throughout a leisurely meal, making it an excellent dining companion compared to champagnes that lose their effervescence quickly -- the kind I term "toasting champagnes" because you're not going to nurse them.

It's a creamy wine with the tang of green apples, even with some vaguely chocolate notes that combine to make it a complex, well-made champagne.

Retails for about $30 for the 750ml bottle.

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