Freddie Mercury’s Nod to Champagne

Grateful Dead (“Jack Straw”), Phish (“Crimes of the Mind”) and Jimmy Buffett (“Tin Cup Chalice”) tied for 10th place.

Al Stewart checked in at No. 9 with “The Night That The Band Got the Wine.”

And, against our better judgment, Don Ho got the No. 8 slot with “Tiny Bubbles.”

Today, as the Vinesse countdown of the Top 10 Wine Songs of All-Time continues, we raise a glass of Champagne to the group Queen and the late Freddie Mercury…

She keeps Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
“Let them eat cake,” she says
Just like Marie Antoinette

Song Facts provides a good deal of information about the tune, including Mercury’s explanation of what it’s about.

But since we’re wine-focused here at Vinesse, we can’t help but zoom in on the sparkling lyrics that we’ve reproduced above.

Freddie Mercury was one of those rock-and-roll stars who lived life to excess at times…because he could. We certainly can envision him drinking a glass…or bottle…of French Champagne without much provocation.

Moet & Chandon is the world’s largest Champagne maker, which, technically, means it is the Champagne region’s largest Champagne maker, since only wines made in the Champagne region of France may be labeled as such (with a few grandfathered exceptions). But that’s another story for another day.

Don’t make the mistake of equating “big” with “bad,” however. Moet & Chandon produces, among other sparklers, one of the world’s most famous and respected: Dom Perignon.

A personal favorite is the Rosé Imperial, which is more in my price range and pairs beautifully with grilled salmon.

Basically, no matter what kind of Champagne Mercury may have sipped from Moet & Chandon, it was good stuff.

And his nod to that iconic French label lands “Killer Queen” in the No. 7 position on the Vinesse list of the Top 10 Wine Songs of All-Time.

Check back tomorrow for more news and views from the wonderful world of wine, and then join us again on Thursday as the countdown continues with the No. 6 song.

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