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DRINK: Terres Secret Cremant de Bourgogne NV
EAT: Oysters & Pearls from the French Laundry Cookbook
PLAY: “Diamonds and Pearls” – Prince
The term “Cremant” basically just means sparkling wine from somewhere in France other than Champagne. The “de Bourgogne” phrase tells you that this sparkling wine comes from Burgundy. You might also find bottles that say Cremant de Loire, Cremant de Alsace, etc. This sparkler is hand harvested on limestone soils in the Macon region of Southern Burgundy. The wine goes through secondary fermentation (makin’ bubbles) and is aged for 2 years on the lees, which is much longer than the 9 months required by the AOC. It’s hard to believe the price of this bottle, given the quality, complexity and the creamy texture, bright acid and baked apple, pear and Meyer lemon flavors.
If you’ve had the opportunity, or luxury, to eat at the French Laundry in Yountville, or Per Se in New York, then you know it’s hard not to be impressed with the Oysters & Pearls course at the beginning of the meal. It’s a heavenly mélange of flavors, from the bed of tapioca in a buttery, eggy sabayon sauce, with two small Malpeque oysters nestled in and topped with a little quenelle of Osetra caviar. Straight up decadence and perfect with these bubbles. Since you already spent your money on the caviar, you’ve got a little left over for this beautiful bottle of bubbles.
The title track of Prince’s 1991 album is a sultry upbeat love song, just perfect for sipping this Cremant de Bourgogne on a plush sofa while taking bites of oysters and caviar. Sounds like some cool early 90’s MTV video, and you are the rock star.
- Chris Blanchard, MS