Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Champagne, Day 2

Day 2 started a bit later due to some overagressive sampling the night before. But we made our appointment at Andre Clouet, a small producer in Bouzy. The guy gave us a great tour, capped with a rather bizarre ending. First, one of the other employees took a sheet of plywood off of the bucket it was covering to reveal a live hedgehog. Then he dumped the hedgehog on the lawn (see the photo). This led to two questions:
1. Why did they have a hedgehog in a bucket?
2. How did it get there?

Our guide quickly moved on (after disparaging hedgehogs as "full of all kinds of shit") and showed us their caves and storeroom -- but refused to sell us any! He did give us a bottle, which was very nice, but he wouldn't sell us any more. Oh well.

Next we went to Moët & Chandon, and the one thing they will definitely do is sell. Their 12+ miles of cellars are filled with various vintages of both Moët and Dom Perignon. It's impressive that Moët can be blended so that it tastes the same every year, but I have to admit that I'm not a fan. It was by far my least favorite of what we tried, which is probably for the best -- it was also the most expensive by far.


Anonymous said...

Hedgehogs are well known for being full of a wide range of shit, but ALL KINDS.... please.


PS I'm jealous. I've never seen one (full or empty of said feces).

jtingermany said...

Have you looked in all your plastic buckets?