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If you are after a quick celabratory toast to knock back in a minute, then go for a cheap champagne such as Lanson, or Veuve Cliquot. These are pleasant enough to be quaffed on New Year's Eve, but I feel somewhat Mundane everyday items.
For that extra special occasion, when every last drop of champagne will be savoured to the nth degree, splash out on one of the top marques such as Krug or Dom Perignon. Now the difficult bit (if you can call it that) is to decide between the two. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is to compare it to lets say a car. The Dom Perignon is like a top of the range Mercedes, technically excellent, with some prestige. However, Krug is the Bentley of Champagnes, supremely luxurious commanding instant prestige on the mention of its name.
Dom Perignon is sold in many more places, and this detracts from its prestige. Krug is more exclusive and more likely to make an impression.
Now, the taste, a brioche/biscuity/oaky nose with a fine mousse.
How to serve: Some people use champagne flutes, but I feel that champagne saucers are far more elegant.
Now enjoy and it might even make you feel like a playboy or (lets be P.C.) playgirl on their superyacht; the reality, a deep dent or surface scratch on your wallet (or purse).
There is a good reason for serving champagne in flutes rather than saucers. The wine will lose it's sparkle very quickly in a saucer which is ok if you want to swill it down, but with a champagne such as Krug you may want to savour it for a little longer and a flute will help to keep it alive.
Coppertop 13.08.2002 00:09
I don't think I've ever thought of champagne that way before! Sue
MRSCANADA 12.08.2002 23:23
Lots of bubble but very little meat in this review. If you edit and tell me more about this Champagen let me know and I
will be happy to read this review again. ~Lyla~