Wine Pairing: Champagne Henriot NV Blanc Souverain & Oysters
There should be a blog devoted entirely to food & wine pairings to woo your lover to bed, or the kitchen floor… the stairs… the backseat… You know, delicious ideas for a mutual exchange of goods-and-services, some sugar-for-sugar, a little gastronomic tit-for-tat, if you will. Well, if anyone starts one, they can share this racy little pairing, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day – Champagne Henriot and Oysters.
Champagne Henriot NV Blanc Souverain is rich, creamy and toasty, yet lively with florally citrus notes. The briny oysters enhance the cuvee’s long, lush mineral finish, and in return, the never-ending bubbles and crisp acidity refresh the palate, preparing it for another oyster. The brilliance lies in the simplicity of the oysters, the complexity of the Blanc de Blancs, the contrasting textures, the similar temperature. It’s delicious, it’s uncomplicated… oh my, is it seductive.
I know what you’re thinking – both are quite pricey and shucking oysters is hard; but hey, it’s overcoming those small obstacles that heighten the experience. So pull an extra shift and splurge for a bottle of the good stuff, put a little fortitude into the shucking - he/she’s worth it, right? And if you don’t get shucked after this pairing, you’re just not trying.