The Hedonistic Taster: The Champagne Edition №1

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The Hedonistic Taster

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer Tastevin

The Champagne Edition № 1

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” – Mark Twain

Charles Heidsieck NV Brut Reserve is comprised of 40% reserve wine.


Wine:  Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne

Vintage:  N/V

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $60  

Robe:  Pale lemon hue. Pinpoint perling, profuse mousse.

Nose:  Brioche, toast, marzipan aromas.

Bouche: Exquisite balance, elegance, refined finish. What Marcel Proust must have sipped during his ‘madeleine moment’ in Remembrance of Things Past. Ne plus ultra. 

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne is sourced from 100% Chardonnay from the Côte de Blancs; Montagne de Reims, and the Sézannais.


Wine:  Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blancs – Reims, FR

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $79.99 (750ml) | $45 – (350 ml)

Robe: Bright golden hue. Pinprick perling. Diaphanous mousse.

Nose:  Toast, citrus, chalky aromas, with a fleurs blanches grace note.

Bouche:  Zesty citrus (lemon, lime), golden apple, tropical notes with a chiseled mineral core; rounded, luxurious bouche, bright acids, sublime finish.

Produced by Champagne’s first established champagne House,  Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs comprises a compelling cuvée of 100% Chardonnay of various vintages (N/V) sourced from Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, Sezannais, and the Vesle valley. Twenty to twenty-five percent of reserve wines draw from the last two years vintages.

Albert Beerens NV Brut Rosé Champagne is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Chardonnay Côte de Bars:.


Wine:  Albert Beerens Eternal Brut Rosé

Vintage: N/V 

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 35

Robe:   Vivid salmon robe. Persistent, diffuse beading.

Nose:  Brioche, citrus, fresh strawberry aromas.

Bouche:  Creamy mousse; sour cherry, pink grapefruit, raspberry notes, medium body, ultra dry finish. Versatile affordable champagne suitable as an apéro, or served table side with any course, from salmon to sorbet.

Albert Beerens NV Blanc de Noirs Champagne is comprised of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier sourced from the Côte de Bars:


Wine:   Albert Beerens Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $30 

Robe:  Pale lemon robe. Persistent pinpoint perling, diffuse mousse. 

Nose:  Citrus, brioche, hazelnut aromas.

Bouche:  Bright lemon,  butterscotch, red fruit bouche;  creamy, rich mouthfeel, full finish. Agreeable, affordable champagne suitable for pairing with any occasion.

Have a favorite champagne? Leave your comments below – cheers!

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