But seriously, this was actually the first time I have ever had Veuve Clicquot champagne in my 40 something years, and thanks to some very thoughtful and generous friends, it was used to toast my 10th wedding anniversary!
Another first, my friends insisted that we “sabre” the bottles open. Visions of very large blades and severed digits sprung to mind, but in reality it is a very simple and relatively easy process (even after you have already drunk several glasses of vino!). Only drawback, you lose a bunch of the champagne to spillage…boo.
It took only 2 attempts to cleave the bottle and after much rejoicing we happily savoured the contents. I don’t know if it was because we were in Whistler in a beautiful house, and I was surrounded by good friends and family, and it was a happy occasion that the Champagne tasted so darn good – just the right amount of bubbles, and the perfect balance of sweetness and dryness to make just about any palette happy.
I hope it won’t be another 10 years before I have my second taste of this beauty, but until then it’s back to Prosecco for me!