Boats and Champagne: It’s a nice combination in the summer. I was hanging out with some friends last weekend on their Leopard Sport 18 on the Tuscan coast and the ice-cold Champagne was going down just right. I am a big fan this summer of the Jacquesson Cuvée No. 730. This is a fresh and lively fizz that delivers plenty of subtle apple, peach and light bread dough character. 92 non-blind points for me. This is good value too. It sells for about $40 a bottle in Italy.
I also had some standard Taittinger non-vintage at a dinner on Saturday at the beach with the American ambassador from Rome, and I was surprised how delicious it was. It was fresh, lemony and very balanced. It was much better than last summer’s batch. I gave it 90 points, non-blind.
What's your summer fizz?
I think it’s an advantage to serve your Champagne a little colder than usual in the summer. It’s been really hot in Tuscany recently, with temperatures reaching more than 105 degrees F in the afternoon and the humidity being hot and sticky. It only gets cool by about midnight, just the right time for a splash in the pool and a splash of Champagne.
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