We tasted the Brut Mosaique first, 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier. It’s classic Champagne and it paired beautifully with Sonoma goat cheese raviolis with shiitake mushrooms and a truffle oil butter sauce. Champagne should be three things, she said, elegant, lively and fresh. Chardonnay is what gives Champagne its soul.
Next we tasted the 2006 vintage Blanc de Blancs, with yet another perfect pairing: Kumai oysters on the half shell from Baja. The ’06 is the third in the trilogy of 2004, 2005 and 2006. The next vintage release will be 2009. Every vintage release is different, but she strives for consistency in the non-vintage releases. She believes that aging adds complexity.
Consider picking up a bottle of Champagne Jacquart. I think you’re going to savor each sip.
Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701. Ask about special discounts.