Perrot-Batteux et Filles Cuvée Helixe Millésime 2005 Blanc de Blancs
Pale yellow-green in color, this 2005 vintage Champagne has a beautiful nose full of chardonnay, chalk, age, brioche, and espresso cream. It is big and full on the palate without being big and full on the finish. It is delicious Champagne now, and it will also be delicious years from now. It is alert, energetic, and has magnificent freshness that can only come from a combination of the 2005 vintage and soil that is 100% chalk.
This is certainly an aperitif Champagne, but it will also work well when paired with Parmesan and balsamic, tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, hard cheese and cured meat, really any simple, slightly salty food or tart fruit.