It's Le French GourMay silver jubilee this year and they have selected Champagne as the highlighted wine region in celebration of 25 years! Champagne is classy, romantic & happy! If love is like Champagne, different love relationships or status can be refelcted in different style of champagnes. It's actually quite romantic to sip a bottle of champagne that represents your romance with your beloved one. So, which champagne represents your current status of your love relationship?
Everyone has experienced first love before. It is pure and fresh. It reminds me of the newly launched Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blancs NV (made with 100% Chardonnay), which is elegant and fresh, with white blossom and kumquat notes. It makes you feel so romantic and you can easily drink more than you should! It's just like first love that is so pure and you may fall in love so easily.
It's so beautiful when you are in love. It reminds me of the new vintage champagnes, which you can drink now with fresh and complex flavours or wait for it to mature. Unlike the beginning of a love relationship (which is like NV), both of you may get to know each other more by now and you feel so sweet when you are in love. It reminds me of Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, which is made of 81% Chardonnay and 21% Pinot Noir, with bloody orange, raspberries, dried roses, mandarin, mineral and toasty flavours, and the finish is sharp and powerful. It feels so in love with the pink colour representing romance and the complex notes representing your loving feelings.
There is a kind of love that is quite low key, you guys are very happy together, but you don't need to tell the world that you are in love. It's just like a boutique champagne house with small production, high quality champagnes and it’s less famous than the renowned brands. This reminds me of Godme Champagne Grand Cru Millesime 2004, which is a boutique champagne with around 8000 bottles a year. It has creamy finesse with honey, pear, citrus, brioche, mineral and toasted almond notes, and the finish is quite long. You can feel the great quality of this precious low key love.
When you meet your Mr. Right or Miss Right, you'll know that you've found the love of your life and you want to grow old with him/her to spend your love journey together. This reminds me of Salon Cuvee S Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2002. Salon is the king of champagne. 2002 is one of the best vintages of the house and it has received many good reviews including Wine Enthusiast giving 100 points. Although it's been 15 years, it is still very young now, with white floral, brioche, green apple and mineral notes, which is like the beginning of a love relationship, that is fresh and wonderful, and you need to be patient to wait for it to mature. It's the same as Salon, as it will be more complex and open up as time goes by, which is like a long and lasting love.
每個人都試過初戀，它的感覺很清新、很pure，令我想起剛推出市場的Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blancs NV(100% Chardonnay釀製)，清爽優雅，氣泡幼滑，帶白野花及柑橘的清香，很有春夏的浪漫氣息，真的很易不經不覺便會喝多了，就像初戀那份pure而不經不覺便會墮入愛河的感覺。
愛情在熱戀期是最令人響往的，就像新年份的陳年香檳，現在飲覺得很清新澎湃而層次複雜，比剛開始談戀愛(NV)的時候加深了解，十分甜蜜浪漫，令我想起Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004年，以81%Chardonnay及21%Pinot Noir釀製，帶血橙、紅莓、乾玫瑰、蜜柑、礦物及烤烘等香味，餘韻非常鮮明、充滿力量，就像熱戀中的愛情，帶粉紅色的浪漫及情深款款的味道。
有一種愛情叫低調戀愛，我會形容為禾稈冚珍珠，不是所有人都喜歡高調，但你們卻很甜蜜精彩，就像boutique香檳酒莊，產量少但質素相當高，雖然不像大牌子般那麼多人認識。這令我想起Godme Champagne Grand Cru Millesime 2004年，年產約8千支，氣泡綿密，帶蜜糖、香梨、檸檬、牛油麵包、礦物及烤烘杏仁等，餘韻悠長，完全感受到甜蜜而精彩的低調愛情。
細水長流的愛情是細緻而恆久的，當你遇上你的Mr. Right 或Miss Right時，你便知道他/她是你的終身伴侶，一起成長一起去感受愛情，這令我想起Salon Cuvee S Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2002年，Salon是香檳之皇，這年份更得到Wine Enthusiast 100分及被譽為它的系列中極佳的一年。雖已15年，但仍然是很年輕，優雅而帶白花、牛油麵包、青蘋果、礦物等，就像一段愛情的開始，很優雅美妙，待你再慢慢細等待它成熟，就像Salon放得越耐越精彩，有如細水長流的愛情。