New fave Champagne: NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru V.P. Extra Brut
I don't pretend to know much about Champagne.
But oh MY, this was a revelation.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. More than 40 months on its lees (hence the "V.P." or Vieillissement Prolongé).
Yellow-gold. Stunning nose of grilled almonds, brioche, apricot, orange and honey. Rich fruit brightened by orange zest and flowers -- maybe honeysuckle? -- with a deep, chewy texture and a powerful finish.
This was my serendipitous event of this gloriously sunny afternoon, when I ducked into a wine store on my eternal quest for an asparagus wine, struck up a conversation with the owner and another customer, and was offered a glass. And then another as the conversation went on.
BTW, owner recommended a basic dry Chablis with asparagus. Have already come up short with Verdelho, Gruner Veltliner, Sancerre, Viognier and Riesling, so what the heck, I'll give it a shot...
The Egly-Ouriet sounds lovely! Mind if I ask how much it cost? I think I need to reserve some $$ in my wine budget for this one.
For asparagus, Gruner Veltliner is the pairing I see most often, but if it didn't work, it didn't work. Me, I tend to drink Pinot Grigio with asparagus - not that it's the ideal pairing, but it's what I have around and it goes pretty well.
I once read some advice on pairing asparagus with wines from areas where people eat a lot of asparagus - i.e., Germany and Austria. I don't remember any specifics, though.