Sunday, January 11, 2009
CHAMPAGNE ON A STICK
We had Lynn's birthday bash last night. We drank mostly Champagne and the majority of that from magnums. In our enthusiastic imbibing of Lanson Black Label NV Brut (with one magnum of 1988 vintage) we forgot about the magnum of 1979 vintage Lanson that had been put in the freezer to rapidly chill (sacrilege I know but needs must). This morning, of course, we discovered it had burst (see pic). The frozen sorbet was a very good 'hair of the dog'.
I was reminded of another time when I had seen 'burst' Champagne. This was a container load (about 750 dozen) that in transit some idiot had plugged in the freezing apparatus so that when it arrived and we opened the container doors out spilled broken cases and burst bottles of lovely NV, Vintage and Rose Champagne - all frozen. The whole lot had to be destroyed.