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May 31, 2008

NV Brut Dargent, Brut Blanc de Blancs

This is a construction wine. A bubbly, sprightly reason to build things--roof decks, patios, an ark to captain through a lake of this wine--anything to uncork the thirst that this Champagne-style sparkler from Jura lives to satisfy. Clean and cidery with hints of Lemonheads and Mountain Dew, it's a bolder alternative to "table sparklers" like Cava. It's hair of the dog for Champagne lovers who have been on a years-long, credit-destroying bender with similar toasty brioche smokiness, grapefruit rind and golden apple flavors, and a dry, steely finish. Truth be told, though, that steeliness really starts to wear on me, and before I know it I feel like someone's switched my glass with Andre. Or, worse, that I'm surrounded by 20-somethings at a dinner party talking French politics and the fundamentals of grad school applications. It's my own little hell. I hate where I am, and yet there's no one I would rather be. Even on a hot summer's day with the AC busted, I'd want to drip with sweat, fume with fatigue, climb the rickety scaffolding onto whatever I've created, and drench myself with this bottle.


Anonymous Shambhala said...

WHat do I think?

I think youre a funny guy

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drank this as a palate cleanser after a number of whites concluding in the Peter Michael l'Apres Midi 2006 and before moving into Ridge Geyserville 1995, Ch Larcis Ducasse 1970, etc. What was I thinking?!

This is a beautiful little number that could use a lick of saucisson sec. Or it's a refreshing stand-alone wine. Not to be caught up in a brothel of oak and burly red characters.

4:33 PM  

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