I heard the Africans had one hell of a party last Saturday during the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma. Despite an invitation from one of the ambassadors to attend, I gave it a miss to brush up on some unpublished Dylan Thomas I am working on. But I do wonder which Dom Perignon was served during the jollies of Zuma’s inauguration, although I hear he himself does not drink ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ except if the cup is covered by a panty or whatever it is they wear under those traditional outfits.
When the Editor of this site popped by the other day, I thus hauled out a Dom as a symbol of my adopted homeland.,I subscribe to the one bottle of Champagne per man rule, so I made it a magnum. All that reading of Dylan’s stuff made me feel a bit gay, too, so I selected a Dom Perignon Ros+¬, model 1982. Thank lord my neighbour Big Schalk Burger was not around ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ he would have wanted to challenge me to a race around Wellington, which would have ended up with us being sprayed in fizz.
Pink Dom, I told the Editor, is really special. Even if I may say so itself. The art comes in adding a dollop of coloured Pinot Noir to the Pinot and Chardonnay base wine. With Champagne not being known for its quality of skin-contact Pinot Noirs, it is a rare find to have a coloured Pinot capable of complementing the traditional mix.
The 1982 is has more a colour of pale blushing cheeks than the traditional salmon. It is a good pour, plenty of thick mousse with a good head that settles almost instantly. Bubbles are vivacious and brisk, and the whole package looks good in the glass.
Nose is pretty ordinary, except for a hint of grated strawberry and lemon peel.
But in the mouth it plays all kinds of seductive games. The step is brisk. The length is long. The fizz carries bright fruit masked in the earthiness of aged Pinot Noir. Super complex, it is also gloriously drinkable. The Editor and I drank it iced, with a snack of Kalahari biltong and poached porcini.
A great Dom. Jacob would have enjoyed it.
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