Saturday, January 11, 2014

Beau Joie brut

Isn't it gorgeous? The name means "beautiful joy," but la joie is feminine, so why is the wine not called Belle Joie? Never mind, we won't quibble.

Retail, about $90. Don't quibble -- just take a breath, you'll feel better in a minute.

And no, I haven't tried it yet. Note that it will taste absolutely bone dry. Beau Joie's website explains that the wine is made with zero "dosage," no "liqueur d'expédition." In other words, no extra shot of reserve wine and/or sugar is added to the finished champagne before final corking.

I'm saving it for a special occasion. Maybe Valentine's Day, to be savored with pan-seared salmon, and couscous, and some sort of vegetable dressed with butter and Moroccan preserved lemons? Yes, why ever not?

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