I am shocked and horrified.
It seems that some of the exuberance of the Bubbledome has spilled into a back alley behind the Lab. In said alley, several members of the staff -- all of whom are now on official "administrative" leave -- have apparently been running unsanctioned, Dome-style competitions.
These grotesque battles pit 375 ml "demis" against each other in what is being called "Midget BFC."
Like you, I am appalled. This is highly insensitive and completely inappropriate, and all participants will be dealt with harshly.
It is worth noting, however, that the competitors were of a fairly high quality.
I found these notes on the ground after the local authorities completed their raid:
Fleury, Carte Rouge Brut, NV. First whiffs are wet leaves (oxidation), spiced apple, lemon and a trace of toffee. After 20 minutes reveals itself to be a moving target. Now nutty with a clear aroma of caramel apple. Cherry and green apple fruit with bright tangerine acid on the attack, a creamy texture mid-palate and a zippy, acid return on the finish.
versus Camile Saves, Premier Cru Brut, NV. Classic autolytics. Yeasty biscuits with an almond-y undertone. Elegant, with a vinous depth reaching down to a subtle mineral floor. Great red fruit fruit tang and sweet chalk on the finish.
A nice showing by both little guys.
Wonder who won?