While in Paris, I had the great fortune to experience drinking champagne at Les Dokhans, the oldest champagne bar in Paris. This experience was sublime. The walls were the original Italian-made celadon colored walls decorated with tapestries bordered with intricate gilded molding . The beautiful sconces and chandlers with tapered candles gave the room a warm glow. As I examined the extensive list of champagnes on the menu I asked for Fabio’s assistance. I wanted to try a tasting from a family sized vineyard. He recommended the fois gras from Southern France to go with my champagne flight.
He selected a fight of champagnes from Perre Peters. The Pierre Péters Estate is situated in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger has been producing Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, since 1919. The wines come exclusively from their own vineyards. The first glass, Cuvée de Réserve Blancs de Blancs was made with pure chardonnay grapes from different years. It was lovely, dry and crisp with a hint of apple and pear. While enjoying my first tasting, the fois gras arrived. It was served with toast points, a honey/balsamic reduction mixture and sea salt from Guerande, France. Tasting the mixture of those ingredients was delightful. I moved to the second champagne, Rosé for Albane Rosé Champagne, a beautiful blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes with an emphasis on the chardonnay. The tasting experience was finished off by the Péters Pierre Brut Champagne Les Chétillons Cuvée Spéciale 2007. This special champagne had hints almond, apricot and pear with complex finish.
What a truly sublime experience.