Copyright Charles Emerson Courtesy of Perrier-Jouet

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Invest a few dollars in a champagne stopper for this champagne, and serve it for two occasions. First, sip it with caviar on New Year’s Eve.  The wine is a pale tan-yellow with tiny bubbles in the glass, and there’s a hint of bread aroma to begin the experience. It’s mild on the palate with a burst of yeast and toast in the finish. Then, save the rest of the bottle for New Year’s Day: the flavors blossom when it’s been open for a day (tightly stoppered and refrigerated, of course).

Recommended as a light classic for the aperitif course, before a meal.  – BSE

WHO: Perrier-Jouët
WHAT: Pinot Noir with Chardonnay (12-14% reserve wines)
WHERE:  Champagne, France
WHEN: non-vintage
HOW MUCH: $44 (media sample)