Our hottie's silver jacket launched the Christmas melody Silver Bells in our head as we gazed at his handsome features and cool, calm, and collectedness during this last frenzied weekend before Christmas.
And how did our HOTT Crew spend this last pre-Christmas weekend? A champagne tasting to determine which bubbly would grace our Holiday HOTT Crew table! Read down to see which bubbly won!
Above is Pol Roger, a quintessentially French champagne that's very dry, minerally, and loaded with citrus flavors of Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon. The bubbles were intense and omnipresent.
Next (above) is Blason Cremant de Bourgogne, a sparkling white burgundy made in France in the traditional method of making champagne. Lovely beads of bubbles in a lively dry style accompanied by flavors of strawberry and raspberry. This was amazingly delicious and quaffable!
Taittinger (above), dry and minerally like the Pol Roger, had wonderful flavors of apricot and peach that washed over the edge of our tongues after every sip!
Let's look at the pricing first before determining the winner:
Pol Roger - $42.95 (available at Trader Joe's and elsewhere)
Blason Cremant de Bourgogne - $9.99 (Available only at Trader Joe's)
Taittinger - $39.95 (available at Trader Joe's and elsewhere)
For a festive party with lots of people the Blason Cremant de Bourgogne is the hands down winner with lovely drinkable traditional champagne taste at a fraction of the normal price!
For a more intimate gathering we preferred the Taittinger with it's lovely, romantic flavors of stone fruit and crisp effervescence.
The Pol Roger was also an outstanding champagne, but the austereness requires just the right food pairing (we suggest smoked almonds).
We hope this brief tasting is helpful to you as you rush out to buy some bubbly for the holidays. And our HOTT Crew doesn't mind being totally wasted after drinking all this champagne. We do it all for you, after all!
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