We recently visited a friend who is having a wine cellar built in his home and he invited us to look over the progress. With a few thousands bottles of wine scattered throughout his billiard room, he was generous enough to open a few bottles during our stay. For starters, he pulls a bottle of 2005 Dom Perignon Brut Rose out of a crate of mixed Champagnes. With a subtle pop and a whiff of the exiting smoke cloud, the salmon colored nectar created an explosion of micro tiny bubbles that never stopped erupting in our flutes. Herbal and toast aroma’s gave way to raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, both creamy and silky on the palate. Each sip displayed a greater depth of character, at times showing a little spice, others times hints of yeastiness. I  just wish I could have lingered around longer than the exquisite finish but what a special treat to start an evening. Thanks C.M.

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