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Champagne and the World

Champagne can provoke a great deal of philosophy. I’ve often said that champagne and the Catholic faith are the only two universally applicable things in the universe – appropriate for births, deaths, good times and bad, early, late, or a mundane afternoon.

Iain Martin has a brief but excellent piece ‘On Wine’ discussing Churchill’s drinking habits, and wondering whether he really was permanently pissed during the war (unlike the teetotal vegetarian Mr Hitler).

Interesting in itself, but Mr Martin relates a trip to Épernay where he blind tastes a Margaux from 1873. By that time it should have tasted like vinegar but instead it was “beautifully balances and perfectly drinkable”.

Looked after carefully, not shaken about or disturbed unnecessarily, it evolved and endured. It retained its essential characteristics, giving pleasure to later generations. If only we nurtured political institutions and good government according to the same principle.

Nothing could better show the essence of a sound worldview.

This post was published on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 11:30 am. It has been categorised under History and been tagged under , .
Comments
Scott Belliveau
13 Apr 2017 2:18 pm

Well done, Andrew. Superb post.

L G Clark
14 Apr 2017 9:41 pm

I plan to drink lots of champagne after Mass on Easter Sunday, but really old boy, steady on.
Champagne cannot fill the place you wish to make for it; it is superficial, even vulgar, or at lest it attracts both.
The best French grand crus are incomparably more subtle, more layered, more earthy. They speak of tradition and craft and, yes, even, and perhaps most profoundly, of religion (ever tried saying Mass with champagne?).
It is wine which is Catholic; champagne has always struck me as Anglican: all show and no substance.



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