mid-week magnums: large format champagne poured by the glass, 4pm - until we run out
Why drink out of a magnum? Magnums are one and a half liters, twice a standard 750mL bottle. The reason magnum is the ideal format for enjoying your favorite bubble beverage has to do with the relationship between volume and oxidation. Wine corks are watertight but not airtight. They allow for the slow and steady passage of oxygen gas in and out of the bottles which contributes to the ageing of the wine. Magnums have twice the volume of a regular bottle but roughly the same diameter neck, which means that they age slower and more steadily. You can expect greater freshness from older vintages when drinking champagne from a magnum. Additionally, magnums are usually bottled first with the best barrel selection, so you’re likely to find better juice in there from the get go. Cheers!
may 9: rené geoffroy cuvée expression, $18/glass
Join us for a glass of René Geoffroy Cuvee Expression. Ripe and fragrant, with an expressive bouquet that releases beautiful aromas of apple sauce, enhanced with notes of vanilla. On the palate, the attack is refined with a broad range of fruit and a beautifully fresh finish. This is one of the few Champagnes that showcases the unique terroir of Cumèires. Cheers!
may 16: bércêhe et fils brut réserve, $17/glass
Bércêhe is one of our favorite grower Champagnes new to the U.S. Racy acidity firms up this rich Champagne, with a honeyed overtone to the well-spiced palate of grilled nut, poached pear, lemon parfait and ripe raspberry. Lacy in texture, with a smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged January 2015. Drink now through 2020.
may 23: lancelot-royer, $19/glass
Our streak of gorgeous grower magnums continues with Lancelot-Royer. All of Michel Chauvet’s vineyards in Cramant are rated 100% Grand Cru and are all planted to Chardonnay, as is tradition in the Côte de Blancs. As Lancelot-Royer is one of the smaller Champagne houses, Chauvet is able to see to every winemaking step himself, performing each task by hand. All of his wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
may 30: drappier sans soufre, $21/glass
An old favorite from our friends in the Aube Vineyards. This wine is receives no dosage and no added sulfur. You know what that means: no hangover. Go ahead, have two glasses!