Champagne Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Sélection and the fiery Stallion from Gustave Flaubert’s Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

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It is a strange afternoon after a strange New Year's Eve. Yesterday, I watched the world's largest fireworks display in Cologne live. So now I'm browsing through Gustave Flaubert's Dictionnaire des idées reçues, or Dictionary of Commonplaces.

My Accepted Idea: The first bottle in the new year must be well considered. It is a Marc Hebrart Premier Cru Sélection, from predominantly Pinot grapes, specifically 70 percent Pinot noir, the rest Chardonnay. The terroir is Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Avenay Val d'Or and Bisseuil. The two grape varieties do a good job: a firm but fiery wine that calls for a Parma ham to accompany it.

Really, this Champagne is fiery in the sense of spirited. Bubbly. It recalls what Flaubert noted about STALLION:

Always "fiery."

(Otherwise, you wouldn't keep it as a stallion at all).

A woman must not know the difference between a stallion and a horse,

For little girls: horse, bigger than others.


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