It wouldn't be a holiday season without some sparkling wine. This year I discovered a bottle that had been covered up in the basement for a long time and had been undisturbed. The wine was a 1999 vintage Cattier Chigny les Roses premier cru champagne. It was purchased in 2006 along with a litter mate. The first bottle was consumed years ago, but somehow this one got overlooked and eventually removed from inventory even though I had no memory of drinking it.
As you can see in the first picture the bubbles had not diminished; they were going strong. The colors and flavors had both deepened somewhat, but the wine was not old in any way. It was still fresh and yeasty. The pinot noir fruit was shining through the others in the blend giving this wine considerable depth and a lengthy finish. Wonderful wine with smoked trout and fresh oysters.
Cattier Chigny les Roses Premier Cru 1999. 12.5% alcohol and $55 at time of purchase.