And then all was right with the Tour.
Woke up this morning at 5:27. Apparently even on vacation the internal Tour de France alarm clock is in fine working order. Tempted as always when it is clearly a sprint stage to fall back asleep, but as I have said before, I can sleep in August.
Stage winner: Mark Cavendish (at last and kudos to Mark Renshaw for a perfect lead out in difficult circumstances)
Yellow: Fabian Cancellara
To drink: De Meric Cuvee 1999 Sous Brut
I liked this one a lot. Was tempted to fight my friend for the last glass but as she is the one renting the beach house I controlled myself. Lesson learned, when vacationing with Amy bring more champagne. Also, concede that no notes will be taken and write up will be spotty at best.
We have been working with Champagne De Meric since the beginning of their renaissance, and now their first vintage Sous Bois has been released. It is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from the villages of Ay, Avize, Cramant, Oger, Mareuil-sur-Ay and Mutigny. It has a fantastic nose of fresh cream and bread dough and the palate has great black cherry Ay Pinot Noir power. There are subtle hints of orange peel and vanilla underneath, almost certainly coming from the all-wood fermentation.