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Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 1999

by Nannette Eaton on July 14, 2011

I….., a resident in Paris, write this melancholy paper in my doleful cell in the Bastille, during the last month of the year 1767. I write it at stolen intervals, under every difficulty. I design to secrete it in the wall of the chimney, where I have slowly and laboriously made a place of concealment for it. Some pitying hand may find it there, when I and my sorrows are dust.” — Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities

bottle shot of champagne delamotte blance de blanc 1999, an emerald green bottle with a gold label and gold foil

What’s the best way to celebrate La Fête Nationale, or as we say across the pond, Bastille Day? With Champagne, of course. And what better way to toast the French Republic than with Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 1999? No better way, in the Wine Harlots’ opinion. Champagne Delemotte was founded in 1760, which pre-dates the French Revolution and is one of the oldest Champagne houses in France. In two hundred and fifty years of winemaking they have mastered the craft and the sparkling wine they produce is ethereal, an almost transcendent experience. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged sur lie in the bottle for seven years. The result is a Champagne with a pale gold color with small bubbles and a cordon of mousse, the aromas and flavors are of floral notes, peaches, pear and minerality to combine to make an elegant glass of Champagne.

The pairing is Roast Chicken, in homage to the Henry IV quote, “I hope to make France so prosperous that every peasant will have a chicken in his pot on Sunday.” The music match is “L’incendie” by Vanessa Paradis from the album Divinidylle.

The details: 12.8% alcohol. Appellation: Champagne. Varietal: chardonnay. Suggested retail: $95 USD. Imported by Wilson Daniels. This was a media sample generously provided by the importer.

Celebrate France today with Delamotte. À votre santé!