I love Champagne. In the world of sparkling wines, Champagne stands alone. Its ability to conjure elegance, magic and sophistication make it special. Its beauty, its individuality, its capacity to transmit terroir and vintage, and its effortless ways with difficult dishes make it unique. You can never go wrong with good Champagne; more than being the wine to open when you want to celebrate, a great bottle of Champagne makes food taste delicious, conversation sparkle, and your night magical.
Today, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on one singular bottle, André Clouet Cuvée 1911. This Champagne house is different, and this wine is unusual. Its maker blends together a magical selection of vintages to make a wine that brings out the best. It's definitely a wine where its whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the most recent release is spectacular. Most serious Champagne lovers go for vintage bottles, but this cuvée is one that should be in their cellars and on their lips. It's rich, textured, and complex, and it cries out for seafood, duck or roasted chicken.
Along with this wine that makes celebrations out of meals, I'm very happy to offer two vintage Super-Tuscan wines from two of the greatest producers: Montevertine and Tenuta San Guido. Both of these '80s bottles,'88 Le Pergole Torte and '82 Sassicaia, are ready to go right now, and both will make your dinner guests--and you--very, very happy. Most people drink their Super-Tuscan wines too early. Mature and gorgeous, these vintage bottles show you why patience is a virtue.