Last night was like any other Thursday night - we went though our usual after-work routine and then I made dinner, chicken and courgettes with garlic cream, a quick and easy recipe from my sister that I've since tweaked a bit.
As I was cooking, my husband was rummaging through the fridge. He pulled out the bottle of champagne that I had put onto the 'champagne shelf', mostly just to see what it was. But when I saw him do that, discussion ensued as to what we would drink with the chicken. Normally I would have had a glass of white wine, but we don't really keep white wine in the house anymore since we've been stocking more champagne. So we opened the cold bottle of champagne.
The bottle we had was one from my Champagne Warehouse order - the Marie Forget Extra Brut, which is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot munier and made with a low dosage. I loved this wine from the first sip, it reminded me of my favourite dessert from the Austrian pastry shop, Demel, which is sweet pastry layered with apples, walnuts, and poppy seeds. The fruity apple flavours came through right from the start, and the more complex flavours developed through the finish. For a low dosage champagne, this was sweeter than I expected, but in a nice, ripe-fruit sort of way.
We re-stocked the champagne shelf with a different champagne from this maker - I have high expectations now!