Champagne Brunch
      Dec 6, 2009


Vintage Champagne Brunch at River Café

river cafe winter

11.00 am Sunday, December 6, 2009
members: $135.00   non-members: $150.00  non-drinker: $65.00
reservation requests:

Same pricing as last year for 5 Vintage Wines!

Here’s the event notice
Grand Cru Champagne Brunch 6 Dec 2009.pdf.

Chef Scott Pohorelic

Chef Scott Pohorelic

Please join us at the River Café to kick off the holiday season as we taste and compare four luxurious Champagnes from the single 1998 vintage year and one wine from 2002 made by four different producers. It will be fascinating to compare the styles of the winemakers who are all working with the best grapes of the same vintage.  The fireplace will be crackling; Chef Scott Pohorelic’s fantastic food and the Cafe’s genial staff will be complemented by these fine wines – the perfect way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon!

Following is a list of the wines we will enjoy along with tasting notes. An update to this notice with the full menu will arrive shortly.




pol roger cave 2

Cellars of Pol Roger

Pol Roger, Brut Blanc de Blancs 1998

“100% Chardonnay grands crus. Showing evolving gold tints in the yellow-green hue; very fine, lace-like mousse, splendid smokiness overlaying classy lemon and honey aromas; rich, evolving mouthfeel, but with vital, mineral freshness and lovely, tart finale. A classic. Like Chablis with a reserved, mineral-impelled style. Fine floweriness and an extremely crispy lightness through and through. And the butterscotch is here already. Wonderfully delicious!”



 Alberta Wild Rice, Asian Pear, Adobo Aioli   

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Harvest of Pinot Noir grapes at Henriot

Henriot Millesime 1998

“51% Pinot Noir and 49% Chardonnay, this cuvée is impressive with its richness and elegance. The high proportion of Chardonnay grands crus makes this wine a refined and balanced Champagne with fresh, delicate aromas. Deep, golden-hued, lemon colour. Layered, elegant, toasty nose with ripe, white fruits, vanilla, and confectionaryamong its subtle nuances. Attractive perfumery qualities. Tight knit fruitiness on the medium-bodied, smoothpalate. Well-integrated mousse, great depthand length. This wine shows the autolytic richness already now, but the seamless structure and fruit intensity will carry it on for a long time.”



Chanterelle Mushrooms, Hanninen Farm Hazelnuts, Smoked Apple Purée  
The ancient Roman cellars of Taittinger

The ancient Roman cellars of Taittinger

Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1998

“This brilliant blanc de blancs prestige cuvée, Chardonnay from 100% grand crus vineyards, first appeared with the 1952 vintage. Exquisite, crystalline green-gold. Wonderful, classy acids drive this exciting wine like the most streamlined TGV, its incisive scents perfectly foiled by a rich, leesy charcter, torrefaction, and minerality, all in complete harmony.  The subtleties of the 1998 vintage and the elegant restraint of the Comtes style combine to make an outstanding bottle.”

Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill  1998

pol roger churchill
Sir Winston Churchill 1998

“A colour of brilliant citrine yellow infused with deeper gold, the bouquet develops in progressive stages, opening withnotes of the forest floor and leafy scents of moss and field mushrooms. As the wine warms in the glass the nose reveals fresher, acidic notes of citrus and mint followed by acacia, hawthorn and hazelnut. A champagne evocative of autumn! In the mouth, a fine balance is established between a fresh acidity and the assertive young tannins which provide the “body” of the wine. A champagne like a rich fabric in which to enfold the most sumptuous cusine. The precise composition of this blend is a closely held secret.”



Cornmeal & Highwood Crossing Canola Cake, Champagne Sabayon

drappier cellar
Drappier’s cellars built by the monks of Clairvaux in the 12th century

Drappier Grande Sendrée  2002

“55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, the Grande Sendrée cuvée takes its name from a parcel of land covered in cinders (cendrée) after the fire which ravaged Urville in 1838. The wine is made from grapes from seventy-year-old vines. A nose of acacia honey and mandarin preserve; dried flowers, soft spices and liquorice, the Grande Sendrée will surprise you with its finesse and aromatic power.  At each sip, this exceptional Champagne gives a new kind of pleasure. Generally 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Luminous, shimmering yellow-gold. A memorable array of aromas, rich but elegant Pinotdominant yet beautifully balanced by ripe, succulent, slightly exotic Chardonnay. In the mouth, the wine has an exceptional grastexture, rich but silkily gentle, so typical of this great, classic, but still adolescent vintage. Long, Burgundian-style finish, like the proverbial peacock’s tail.”

We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th!