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by Fred McMillin
Your Millennium Champagne
Champagne was initially a sweet, dessert wine.
In 1874, the House of Pommery shipped a revolutionary Champagne to England, the first BRUT (low sugar) bubbly.
Critical appraisal published on Dec. 27,1894
in Vanity Fair:
Farewell, then Pommery Seventy-Four!
With reverential sips
We part and grieve that never more
Such wine may pass our lips.
Credit: Tom Stevenson's new Encyclopedia of Champagne
The Rest of the Story
So we're 125 years too late to taste that first Brut, but we suggest you serve a current Pommery Brut the night the new millennium arrives. Here are two reasons we select it.
1) Pommery has a huge estate of some of the best-sited vineyards, impeccable production facilities and fabulous cellars. (Tom Stevenson)
2) For the first time this year, we had a sparkling wine win Best of Tasting, and it was a Pommery Brut!
Pommery's scariest vintage? It was the 1917, harvested only 1,200 yards from the enemy lines in World War I!
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