Last year I accidentally found out about an annual champagne event that takes place at a wine/liquor store in DC when I was just walking by the store. It’s Magruder’s Annual Champagne Expo that features 15-20 bubblies for you to sample/taste/enjoy/leave with or without. People call in advance to find out when this event takes place, bring their own glasses, and have quite the afternoon.
This year there were five table and a total of 18 champagnes. When you walk in, you get your tasting card for the vendors to mark and you’re off!
Trouillard Brut — creamy
Roland Champion Aramis — ‘chunkier,’ earthy, mineral, (ugh)
Roland Champion Grand Cru Brut — softer
Roland Champion Grand Cru Rose — unique, nice
Perrier-Jouet Brut — apple, citrus, light, crisp (on sale for $32.99 — I know this because I left with a bottle). The box is great! White case.
Mumm Cordon Rouge — less fun
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut — marginal
Domaine Carneros Brut — NICE (on sale for $22.99 — yes, proud owner)
Laurent-Perrier Brut — smooth yet sharp, bottled 3 years
Delamotte Brut — chardonnay, good, but not great
Schramsbert Blanc de Blanc — sweet, Napa
Andre Clouet Brut Rose — NO!
Voirin Jumel Blanc de Blanc Cramant — unique, nice, 100% Chardonnay
Andre Clouet Grand Reserve Brut — GREAT! #1
Chapuy Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc — 100% Chardonnay, ugh (keep in mind these are my own tastes)
Ruinart Rose — smooth, perfect, if only it wasn’t (on sale for) $79
Pommery Brut — high carbonation, true champagne
So come the end, the taste buds were happy and overwhelmed, I left with two amazing bottles and learned more about many bubblies. Until next year.