| It’s that time of the year again … and though I belong to the school of treating October like October, November like November, and then reveling in the madness of December, things are coming into view. I’ve been to not one but two Champagne tastings this month, and as good as that might sound (seriously, what fun is it to spit Champagne???), the writing is on the wall. Champagne distributors are whispering to merchants, “Get your holiday orders in now, people!” So yes, our selection of sparkling wines is set to grow very soon, ’tis that time of year. One producer we don’t need to bother any distributor about is our own Pascal Doquet.
With a brace of Champagne tastings in my wake, a timely Tweet from The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni, and a glance at where we are on the calendar, it seems the four winds are blowing in the direction of Champagne! As has become recent TWH tradition, when one of us has a birthday, we pop a bottle of fizz. My birthday was last month, and we all celebrated with a bottle of 2000 Pascal Doquet Premier Cru Le Mont Aimé! What a treat! It is truly a Champagne lover’s dream. Incredible aromas, layers and layers of complexity, and a fresh, snappy finish. My birthday, sure, but a treat for all who tasted! Speaking of Antonio Galloni, here’s what he had to say about the 2000 Pascal Doquet Premier Cru Le Mont Aimé:
“The 2000 Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Le Mont Aime is an incredibly elegant, refined wine endowed with layers of perfumed fruit. This beautifully sculpted, detailed wine flows with the essence of ripe pears, flowers, spices and minerals in a style that is both accessible today, but also fresh enough to age gracefully for at least a few years. This is first-class juice. Anticipated maturity: 2015 – 92 points.”
He went on to say, “Pascal Doquet is a small, artisan producer based in Vertus. This is a beautiful set of wines loaded with personality.” We think so too. It’s hip to drink Grower Champagne.
| So let’s treat October like October … it’s Halloween next week! I haven’t heard about any costumes from anyone yet, but I’m sure I will be seeing them. November comes next, and it will be fun to change our clocks back and enjoy the indoor life with the longer nights. Thanksgiving isn’t too far away now, and there’s no better way to kick off the festivities with friends and loved ones than with a bottle of fine Grower Champagne. Actually, if anyone feels like a festive celebration is in order next week, perhaps a bottle of 2000 Pascal Doquet Premier Cru Le Mont Aimé Blanc de Blancs is the ticket! – Peter Zavialoff
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about Grower Champagne or tomorrow’s big, massive game (I mean the footy match): firstname.lastname@example.org