“I now pronounce you husband and wife….”

That was us a year ago.

Exactly a year ago we got married. There were vows and kisses, flowers and champagne and balloons and even a pianist in the living room. Our wedding reception was held at our home because we wanted a small private party just for friends and family. There was so much happiness that I thought my heart would burst, especially when I saw my husband-to-be, waiting for me at the end of the aisle (a very short one as it was at the Registry Office but nonetheless) looking dashing in his crisp white shirt and dark suit. He had a sparkle in his eye and wore a warm if rather nervous smile, probably very similar to the one I had. It took us a long time to get married and we lived together for many years before, but despite knowing each other like the back of our hands this one moment at the Registry Office was totally electrifying. For a second I experienced a complete brain freeze. I was in equal measure terrified, on the verge of panicking and running away, as I was happy and thrilled.

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I’m not really sure what I was so scared of. He was the same guy I had just spent most of the last decade with, so why?!? Well, at least now after a year I can tell you that I had no reason to be nervous. I’m very happy and fulfilled, feeling safe and content. Not much has changed after our wedding. Our lives settled down into a comfortable routine after almost two weeks of celebrations. We still share house duties, enjoy long night conversations and heated political discussions, and still argue about who is right on a daily basis (apparently he is always right :/ ).

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So, this weekend we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Last year we decided to postpone our honeymoon for a year from luck of time; we had guests from other countries staying over for a couple of weeks after the wedding. We are going away this Friday for three weeks to South America. Therefore our first anniversary was quiet, just a dinner at home for two of us. No champagne or lavish gifts. My husband cooked us a lovely meal and we opened the bottle of Chassagne Montrachet we were given as a wedding present. I have to say it was probably one of the best white Burgundies I have had in the last five years.

If you have a chance do try this, it’s totally amazing!

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Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2011

First of all, this is a superb vintage and superb class white burgundy. One of the best wines I have drunk this year. Big, full bodied, barrel aged Chardonnay, of deep golden colour, great complexity and intense palate. The nose is beautiful, a fantastic blend of apple and orange combined with soft vanillin oak, lime zest and some nutty and buttery notes, while the palate is full, matured and deep. Plenty of baked apples, almonds and hazelnuts and citrus fruits there underlined with soft oak, nutmeg and the thought of smoke and shortbread. I got some touches of delicate flowers by the finish, which is really long and very appley, nutty and earthy. Superb!

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