“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad,
Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone,
When I have company I find it obligatory.
I trifle with it when I’m not hungry and drink it when I am,
Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty”
Madame Jaques Bollinger 1961
One of the things I left off my Busy Living post was the fact that this last Monday gone OH and I had a very indulgent evening tasting Prestige Champagnes at Glengarry Wines. We decided to spoil ourselves while I was on chemocation and make it an early birthday present to each other (Both December babies) as we dont know what chemo side effects are going to be rearing their ugly heads from now on. Although the tickets were over NZ$100 each when you are tasting 9 prestige champagnes worth between NZ$250 and NZ$500 dollars and we got half a glass of each with canapes we feel it was worth it for a really indulgent treat. OH was especially lucky as I was doing ‘tasting’ and only drinking the one that I really liked so he got my extras so that I could be the sober driver home.
They gave them to us in sets of 3 glasses from lighter to more intense
My favourite of the lightest ones was Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000 (up against Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 and Cuvée Dom Pérignon 2002)
The next three were Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998, Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou 1999 and Piper Heisieck Rare 2002. The Piper Heidsieck won this round and also was the prettiest bottle, in my opinion, of the night
The last three were the more intense Champagnes. Bollinger La Grande Année 2002, Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1999 and Krug Grande Cuvee
Although OH and I had tried the Sir Winston Churchill before and loved it we were pleasantly surprised to find the other two were just as good if not better and the Bollinger won our vote out of these three.
We were so impressed with the quality of the Bollinger and the fact it was in fact the cheapest bottle of the night we took advantage of the special pricing for the night and bought one to put away to celebrate OD’s wedding next year.
I asked for a empty bottle of the Piper Heidsieck as a souvenir and they said they would pop it in with our order. When it arrived this morning not only had they popped in the empty souvenir bottle but two full little piccolos of Piper Heidsick champagne as unbeknownst to me OH had told them of our situation with my health and the note read “Hope this makes the next year a bit easier”. I was very touched by the gesture.