Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Nothing celebrates like Champagne! One of my absolute
favorites is the Voirin-Jumel, Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut.
The Voirin-Jumel family are fourth-generation growers in
Champagne, France. By French law, all the grapes used in
their wines must come from their own vineyards. This small,
family-run business produces only 100,000 bottles a year.
I'll put that in perspective: their neighbor is Moet Chandon,
specifically the vineyards used exclusively in the making of Dom
Perignon. In a single year, Dom Perignon will spill more wine than
From these ideally situated vineyards, the Voirin-Jumel family
produces an outstanding wine, one that is very pale with those very
desirable, tiny bubbles. The nose on the wine is of chalk and
minerals, very indicative of the soil in Champagne. This minerality
stays on the mouth, but the wine is rich and creamy. This
blanc de blancs (meaning a white wine made from white grapes) is
100% Chardonnay, one of the classic grapes of Champagne, so there
is an abundance of citrus flavors.
This is a beautiful Champagne made just a stone's throw from Dom
Perignon and offered at a fraction of the price. We have it on our
wine list, so next time you're on a romantic getaway in Virginia or
visiting our Chesapeake Bay resort, give it a try.
Now, what shall we celebrate?