After the wedding yesterday, we celebrated with a bottle of the Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve at 750ml, a trendy Portland wine bar. This stuff was very high in acid, tasting largely of fresh green apples and Melba toast. It was absolutely beautiful to look at, and a real treat for us. Sadly, 750ml could have better pricing - it was overpriced by $46. Frustrating, to be sure, but when you've gotta celebrate, sometimes you just have to suck it up.
Once we got home, we shared a bottle of the 1996 Franck Bonville Brut Millesime Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Oh, man, this stuff was absolutely phenomenal. It has such richness, such concentration... way better than most Champagne. The mousse was lovely... but, alas, the wine went flat by the time Dan returned from rugby practice. Note to self: always finish the bottle within the hour, and/or use a better stopper.
Tonight, it's the 2001 Domaine "La Garrigue" Covée Romaine Côtes du Rhône, $11, which is blowing my mind as I type. This is half grenache, half syrah... mmmm. Beautiful floral nose, light and savory in the mouth. It's pretty much begging me to go find some really good Tasmanian cheese or something, but alas, we have none, so it's the wine all by its lonesome tonight.