Last Thursday we had our 8th annual Champagne tasting. As always, we had a wonderful evening enjoying the best that Champagne has to offer. This year’s venue was Studio Paris, located above the Paris Club Bistro and Bar on W. Hubbard Street. Guests enjoyed a beautiful array of appetizers prepared by Chef Doug Psaltis including truffled eggs with lobster, tuna tartare and an assortment of cheeses, meats and pates. The rich French cuisine was a perfect pairing for the champagnes. It is hard to pick a favorite wine out of the 48 that were poured on Friday, but there were a few stand outs.
The Billecart-Salmon Sous Bois ($70) is a beautiful wine that exhibited both richness and finesse. The still wine is aged in wood before secondary fermentation takes place, hence the name “Sous Bois” (under wood), giving the wine toast and vanilla notes.
Another favorite was the 2002 Dom Pérignon Rosé ($275), a complex wine with layers of vivid fruit and cool minerality. It is an intense and full bodied Champagne that has great potential for aging.
Agrapart & Fils Les Sept Crus was popular among Blanc de Blancs fans, and at only $45 per bottle, it’s a perfect aperitif wine any day of the week. This wine displays impressive delicacy and nuance balanced with a sense of richness.
This is always a fun and thoroughly enjoyable event and our team is already looking forward to next year’s Champagne tasting! If you could not make it on Thursday, we hope you’ll join us for some bubbly in 2015 or at one of our other wine events throughout the year.