Charles de Fere: Cuvée Jean-Louis, Blanc de Blancs Brut
Yes, the movie based on the Saturday Night Live skit from the 90s. It’s really a source of very useful information.
Not only is champagne named after the region, the grapes must be grown in the Champagne region of France and there are specific rules for how champagne is fermented in order to produce carbonation. This is where we really start getting into technicalities as Charles de Fere Cuvée Jean-Louis, Blanc de Blancs Brut (a really long name, by the way) is a French sparkling white wine but not technically champagne as the grapes come from various parts of France. Looking at their tech sheet, it also appears that the wine only goes through one fermentation rather than two.
But really, who cares?
We went to Be Our Guest Restaurant for dinner on our second full Magic Kingdom day in June, and to celebrate my sister’s engagement the previous evening my dad decided to get a bottle. Buying a bottle of wine, especially at Walt Disney World, can get expensive quickly. The authentic champagne on the menu was $75 a bottle. Charles de Fere Cuvée Jean-Louis, Blanc de Blancs Brut, however, was $30 a bottle or $8 a glass. The price per glass isn’t too bad and is only a little more than what I paid for a beer at Be Our Guest (which you’ll hear about another time on Beers and Ears).
Why I didn’t take a picture of the whole bottle I don’t know, but here’s one of the sparkling white being poured.
It’s a good wine; fruity and bit tart with a nice carbonation. Disney does charge three times what you’d pay if you bought a bottle yourself, but that’s par for the course. 11.5% ABV isn’t anything to sneeze at either. Overall, it’s refreshing and made for a nice toast at dinner.
Wayne’s World really is a fountain of useful information. Here’s some advice on women.
Finally, I’ve posted a couple of new sets of photos on my photo site, including another Wishes photo and a morning at EPCOT with some Port Orleans Riverside photos at the front!