Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Keep Calm and Drink Champagne: A Bubbly Pop-Up Store Opens in Bordeaux

Last night I was invited to a Champagne tasting at the pop-up store 'La Boutique èphémere du Champagne', in the centre of Bordeaux. It is open for the whole month of December and offers a wide selection of Champagnes from small producers, including some organic and biodynamic. 

One of the most unique things about this shop is that it includes portraits of the producers and the landscapes of the vineyards. A really good idea that shows once again how wine and art can go well together. Throughout the event, oysters, bread and cheese were offered to the guests. In particular, the freshness of the Blanc de Blanc Champagne paired extremely well with the briny structure of the oysters.

Oysters and Champagne

During the tasting, I met some of the producers. Among my favourites is Champagne André Robert Brut Reserve, a fresh Blanc de Blanc with good minerality, a complex nose with herbal and lemon notes. Hints of toast and brioche on the finish. From the same producer, the 2009 vintage shows even more complexity with notes of caramel and butter, still with a good acidity and smoothness. The wines are aged in oak, in a well balanced and integrated way. Definitely a great alternative to more famous (and expensive) champagne houses like Krug!

If you pass by Bordeaux, this is definitely a place to check out this month!

Enjoy the video and cheers!

Location: Bordeaux, Francia