Vintage champagne -Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame and cheese

May 14, 10 Vintage champagne -Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame and cheese

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Champagne and cheese might not be your first choice when it comes to wine and food matching. How about VINTAGE champagne and cheese? Does that sound any more enticing? It did to me. Hell, just mention vintage champagne and I’m there holding out my glass to be filled. I love vintage champagne, what can I say? The complex aromas and deeper flavours that are found in these wines get me every time. I’ve had people in the wine trade tell me they couldn’t drink vintage champagne everyday but I don’t think you could count me in that camp. What makes a champagne vintage? Too make a long story short, vintage champagne, like vintage port, is not declared every year. Only the years that are deemed to have produced the best grapes are allowed to be declared vintage years.Vintage champagne is also often held for many  more years than non-vintage champagne before release. While it’s true that red wine is what usually pops to mind with cheese, I was invited to an unusual champagne tasting the other day by Veuve Clicquot and Bibendum Wines. The aim was to show that their prestige vintage, Veuve Grande Dame Brut and Grande Dame Rosè are not just for special occasions but can be a delightful way to end a meal. Any meal ending with champagne is a delight as far as I’m concerned. In one corner we had 2 Veuve Clicquot magnums,the Grande Dame Brut ’95 and the Grande Dame Rosè ’98 along with a regular sized bottle of the Grande Dame Brut ’98 pitted against 3 soft and 3 hard cheeses. The cheeses: Goat’s Cheese from France Chaource Rouzaire from Champagne (France) Cacio Fiore from Latium (Italy) Pecorino from Sardinia (Italy) Queso Manchego from La Mancha (Spain) Old Winchester from Hampshire (England) The ’95 Brut seemed to be the best match all around. Still quite lively and fresh on the palate it was an ok match to the goat cheese but was even better with the pecorino,...

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