I'd gotten promoted at work to a managerial position and had virtually lived through an entire week during each work day for the first week on the job. So it took Efrat and me a while to get around to celebrating, but when we did, it was at Bertie at Tel Aviv (an excellent sea based dinner: the squid, eggplant and humus dish was especially commendable), accompanied by, what else, Champagne.
Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Vieille Vigne de Cramant Grand Cru, n.v.(technically, but all 2004)
Austere and mineral-driven, with brioche and walnut notes, and a purity that shows why the relatively neutral Chardonnay grape excels so much at displaying terroir - or whatever it is that is responsible for the magic of Champagne and the Cote d'Or. And magic is what this is all about, because on the technical side, this wine mumbles a bit; the nose is somewhat mute at times and the mousse isn't very persistent, but part of the magic and charm is how even its still form shows to an even greater degree how tasty Champagne can be.
Fat Guy, not the cheapest wine in the world and I think the Special Clubs offer better value: about 450 NIS.