1811 – Cuvée de la Comète: Our Bicentennial Honor.

Happy Monday!  We hope you all had a great weekend. This past weekend, we did more work regarding our relationship with Wine To Water. MSix Wines has come up with a perfect way to help the organization while we are building our company. We are looking to make an announcement as soon as we can get the logistics worked out and a proposal approved. Things are moving!

As I previously stated, I read a lot of wine books. One of my favorites is “The Widow Clicquot” by Tilar Mazzeo; it is a non-fictional account of the rise of the champagne empire that is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. A monumental year, both in the rise of the empire as well as all over France, was 1811. In 1811, a comet (later to be officially named C/1811 F1) was visible to the naked eye for 260 days, peaking in intensity during October of that year. The image above is the label/logo for Veuve Clicquot; the icon for this iconic champagne is the company’s modern representation of the comet from 1811, commemorating the event’s significant influence on the company’s history. Winery owners in the 19th century were basically farmers who made wine; this being said, the follow the astrological signs that the gods offered them to make their horticulture decisions. Comets have longed been associated with some of the finest vintages for wine and 1811 was no different. Recently, a bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for £75,000, partly because of the producer, Chateau d’Yquem, being world-renowned but mostly because of the rarity of the bottle and the importance of the vintage.

Being 2011, it is the bicentennial of this illustrious vintage and we at MSix are celebrating this occasion by producing an extremely limited sparkling wine production. We are beyond excited to announce this decision, as it gives us the great pleasure of honoring such an important year in winemaking history, as well as celebrating our the first year as a company.

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I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
Madame Lilly Bollinger