When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you’ve got a few options. One is to drink cheap beer in front of the TV by yourself, and wonder what you did to deserve such a miserable fate. That’s not so much fun; at the very least go out and look at the stars or something, and ponder the immensity of the universe, and consider the fact that God, after all, is single, too. Another, albeit somewhat more mundane course, is to drink something tasty with your significant other, maybe a glass or two of Prosecco, or some sweet wine with dessert. Nice enough; why not?
Then there are those occasions when you need to pull out all the stops—could be you’re proposing, could be you’re simply trying to impress the hell out of your date, whichever. Here’s the thing: At those times, the only option is Champagne, and by Champagne I mean top-of-the-heap, tête-de-cuvée, money-means-nothing-to-me bubbles. Short of a diamond ring, it’s the most romantic Valentine’s Day possibility there is. Here are six to look for.
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2000 Duval Leroy Femme de Champagne ($250)
Duval Leroy is unique in Champagne in that both the head of the company (Carol Duval Leroy) and the chef de cave, or head winemaker (Sandrine Logette-Jardin) are both women—in fact, Logette-Jardin is the only woman chef de cave of a major Champagne house. The appropriately named Femme, which spent 14 years in the cellar before release, is both opulent and elegant at once, with flavors suggesting golden apples, honey and ripe peaches.