Holiday Drinks: Champagne – the real deal

For occasions when nothing but true Champagne will do.

Last couple of days, my roommate and I were bored because Rogers had an outage in our area therefore, the internet was down! So we decided to make a trip to LCBO where we found and bought several Champagne brands for a taste test.

Champagne is many things. It’s delicious, glamorous, simultaneously serious and frivolous; It’s also expensive, with a starting cost close to $40.00 CAD and a great Cuvee de prestige nudging  $300.00 CAD. Above all, it’s the real thing, and it’s important for all sorts of reasons.

The more you pay, the closer you get to perfection. Three grape varieties can go into Champagne – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – blended from many vintages and in whatever combination the winemaker chooses. While a long complicated process turns them into Champagne. Afterward, the second fermentation in the bottles creates the bubbles and also unique aromas from the spent yeast lees.

What we bought:

Bottega - Sparkling Wine; White Gold & Rose Gold
Bottega – Sparkling Wine; White Gold & Rose Gold

This sparkling wine – Bottega brand which was featured in one of LCBO magazine which I haven’t tried:

Bottega Rose Gold Brut Sparkling – Limited edition for the holidays, this beautiful bottle will make a big impression on your host. Pale salmon pink with a light mousse and subtle aromas of white flower, field strawberry, pear and citrus; on the palate it is off-dry and medium bodied with flavors that suggest peach, pear, and berry.

Product Detail: Cost $26.95 CAD, 750 mL bottle, Alcohol/Vol = 11.5%, Made in: Veneto, Italy, By: Bottega Spa

Bottega White Gold Brut Sparkling – The lucky recipients will break out their best glassware for this holiday edition sparkler. Flowery and fruity flavors are made even more special by the intense, electrifying bottle.

Product Detail: Cost $27.95 CAD, 750 mL bottle, Alcohol/Vol = 12%, Made in: Veneto, Italy, By: Bottega Spa

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008

Last but not least our favorite champagne is “Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2008”.

Dried rose petals, anise, sweet red cherries and mint waft from the glass in the 2008 Brut Rosé Grand Vintage. The flavors show early signs of development, but 2008 should continue to drink well for many years based on its stuffing. Today the Rosé is a bit tight. In 2008, the Grand Vintage Rosé is 47% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, with a high percentage of still Pinot Noir (23%) that gives the wine much of its pure vinosity. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Drinking window: 2014-2026. Score – 91+.

Product details: Cost $95.95 CAD, Alcohol/Vol = 12%, Made in: Champagne, France

In Conclusion, Champagne is a great way to celebrate all life’s occasion with a taste of perfection. It’s a light, fruity & bubbly drink that doesn’t cause a bad hangover and can be enjoyed with amazing food.


*Please note resources information are taken from LCBO website*

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