Today was supposed to be an exceptional day. I was supposed to be visiting the seventy-year-old Palmer & Co. Champagne House in Champagne for a tasting, a dinner, and stay on their property with my sister and nephew. (Surprise Harrison, I was joining your Paris get-away to take you and Daph to Champagne!!!) Sadly, Covid-19 hit, the world stopped, along with any hopes of traveling abroad internationally for a while.
As I can’t be there in person, I am toasting with one of my favorites from the Maison (winery.) Located in the heart of premium Champagne, Palmer & Co was created by seven well-established grower-families with Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. Starting from an idea in the late 1940s, and turning into a reality when they purchased the cellar of a Reims Champagne house. The Maison quickly drew recognition for their house style, displaying a delicate, elegant, finessed level of quality.
Today, working with 350 growers in the area, the Maison crafts gorgeous sparklers from limestone filled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier vineyards. With a blend of 40-45% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir each, with the remaining percentage of Pinot Meunier, the Palmer & Co Brut Rose Reserve ($80) is balanced, refined and precise. With at least two years of bottle aging on the lees and a portion of the red wine fermented in oak before bottling, the wine opens with fruity-red berry aromas. The flavors that follow reveal strawberry, blueberry, blanched almond, and a bit of spice, with a herbal, savory note that makes this wine distinctive and thoroughly delicious.
June 13 (in addition to being a very special birthday) is also the second Saturday in June, also known as National Rose Day, making it the perfect time to pop this pretty wine and toast life. #Cheers