Thursday, December 6, 2007
At the moment I'm in an Air France lounge awaiting my flight to Paris. The great thing about national pride is that Air France always has champagne at the ready, tonight a very respectable, deliciously pinot-rich Drappier Brut Carte d’Or.
This is a much more interesting wine than the champagne currently being served in the Air France lounge at Charles de Gaulle, the Duval-Leroy Brut Fleur de Champagne. The standards in Paris have been slipping somewhat: a few years ago I remember vintage Laurent-Perrier being offered, then vintage Moët & Chandon. Even earlier this year one could at least drink Duval-Leroy’s vintage-dated Cuvée des Roys. Sigh.
All the same, Air France’s sommelier Olivier Poussier, who was the Meilleur Sommelier du Monde in 2000, hits the right notes with his still wines: Paul Blanck’s elegant Tokay Pinot Gris Furstentum 2001 and Couly-Dutheil’s rich, intensely-flavored Chinon Clos de l’Echo 2002. Once in the air I’ll be stuck drinking Jacquart Brut Mosaïque in economy class, so I’ll enjoy the Drappier while I can.