A fondness to champagne came to me relatively late comparing to the love for other wines. I cannot say whether I could not appreciate them at the time or I didn’t feel like I want to appreciate them at all. But then something had happened to me and I realized how many beautiful moments I experienced with champagne and since then the category of champagne has become a part of my life. Enjoy my story of Champagne Taittinger.
Although I have to admit of all the sparkling wines I love the most it is Cremant de Limoux. I like all the cremants but Limoux has a special place in my heart.
Some time ago my partner brought me a beautifully packed bottle of champagne; without any occasion, just like that. I was very happy as I believe champagne tastes of its best when drunk without any special occasion – do you agree?
It was Champagne Taittinger Rose with a small bag of strawberries attached to it. It’d been a while before we opened the bottle. I made it my model in front of my camera while my Love was impatiently tapping his fingers on the table and moving the empty glasses from one place to another suggesting that the light of my camera was warming the bottle and the champagne should be chilled… Bla bla bla ;) After a while the photo session was finished and his not very joyful expectation came to an end, so we opened the bottle.
It was a storm of the senses. It was a huge thunderstorm.
Firstly there were strawberries and raspberries over the glass. Each subsequent bubble of air that broke off from the bottom of the glass was vigorously escaping to the top of it, bringing the freshness of these red fruits.
After a while, when bubbles were still flowing briskly toward the surface of the champagne, the second aroma appeared – the aroma of cookies, yeast and bread. For me it was an almost every morning experience when I eat a brioche for breakfast.
I was enjoying the aroma and observing the bubbles in the champagne when I realized there is less and less of them and they seemed to be more lazy than at the beginning. The less bubbles were in the glass the more I could feel the ‘come back’ of fruits in the nose; although the fruit was different that the red fruit experience at the beginning of the tasting. Now there was a black fruit aroma over the glass and I could smell beautiful blueberries and blackberries with a hint of spices. Brilliant!
I didn’t have too much champagne in my glass so I asked for the refill and I experienced the whole multi-layer process again – red fruits at the beginning followed by brioche, cookie and bread aroma with black fruits and spices at the end. The magic of the senses!
We were drinking the Champagne Taittinger in big glasses therefore I could experience this amazing feeling over and over again. Usually nowadays people drink champagne in a flute glass which has a tall narrow bowl and keeps the bubbles in for longer. It makes the champagne tastes fresher for longer (first layer) and then at the end there is some brioche and cookies experience (second layer). The third level (come back of fruits; in this Taittinger there were black fruits and spices) of aromas appears almost never while tasting in flute glass.
Firstly the glass keeps the bubbles for longer which means that the wine stays fresh very long. Secondly- the flute glass is smaller than a big glass for red wine, so people simply drink the champagne faster.
Have you even heard a wine professionals saying ‘the better the champagne is the longer the bubbles stay’ – they want the bubbles be in the glass forever or even longer. That’s why during the parties someone is consequently pouring more and more champagne into your glass – to make it fresher and to bring back the fruits.
But sometimes you see people who don’t want a refill, they enjoy the champagne on its all stages and they want to experience more than just a fresh fruit and lots of bubbles. I belong to that group of ‘weird’ people ;)
The champagne caresses all the human senses – it takes care of your eyes, nose, taste and ears. The sound of the bubbles is a heaven to my ears; it is so light in its fruitiness and it has its own melodic line.
When there is no more bubbles in the glass you can add only a small amount of champagne and the whole glass will be full of bubbles and fruit aromas again. And the whole champagne symphony starts from the beginning.
You can put into the glass a strawberry (with the green leaves!) – it will not only look nice but also put all the women into a better mood. There is a reason why all over the world everyone compares the beauty of champagne with the beauty of a woman.
As Madamme Bolligner said, one of the ‘grande dames’ in French champagne:
“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it if I am; Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Champagne Taittinger is my favourite champagne. It has a soul, it is recognizable and at the same time it surprises with every single glass.
I love it!
I close my eyes and let it leads me into the world of senses; it lets me discover more and more and go further and further.. Show must go on!
And what about you? You prefer freshness of the bubbly or the multi-layer impressions while tasting a glass of champagne?