It is easy to be daunted by the complexity of the wine scene in the Champagne area, especially if, like us, you want to get some sort of handle on the "grower/producers" end of things. There are hundreds of them. As luck would have it, our group of relatively knowledgeable wine drinkers had randomly chosen a house to visit the day before and had a memorable hour or more tasting and conversation with a charming and informative proprietor, freshly returned from the vineyard during vendange. Figuring it would be difficult to reproduce that experience, we opted for the structured tasting at C. Comme and had yet another great experience.
The flight of six wines was intelligently designed. First three were a 100% varietal wine to showcase each of the three varieties of the region and their characteristics. Then a blend of all three base wines in roughly the same proportions. And to finish, rosés made in each of the two methods used (adding still red wine to give colour or extracting colour from a short period of contact with the red skins). Accessible and instructive to anyone with an interest in finding about the wines, no matter what their level of experience. And the servings sufficient to ensure you can return to a wine as the observations and information flows. Of course these single wines were not claimed as typical of all of the "type" - the next challenge is to explore the differences within types...a life's work I am sure!
The setting is pleasant - we four sat at the bar - and the glassware is fit for purpose - fine tulip shapes. We were served by a charming man with very good English who may have been the proprietor. He was knowledgeable, informative and enthusiastic about educating us about a product he really loves. He also listened carefully to our comments and responded in ways that helped us learn more - a born educator.
We had already made other plans for a meal, so didn't eat there. but can highly recommend the tasting on offer.
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