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There are few (printable) things more guaranteed to put a smile on one’s face than to crack open the bubbly and slowly slip into a fizz induced nirvana…
Here are a few examples to try over the coming season and please don’t wait until you’ve a reason to celebrate – just get stuck in!
Premier Cru Champagne £39.99 (for a magnum)
Michael Forget produces this exceptional Premier Cru Champagne from his vineyards located mainly in the Grand Cru Pinot Noir areas in the Montagne de Reims. It is blended from three consecutive vintages to enable continuity of style and is then aged for 18-24 months before release. This Champagne shows elegant maturity with good fruit on the palate and a soft creamy mousse.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV £33.09
One of the largest independent Champagne houses founded in 1776 and still producing one of the very best non-vintage Champagnes money can buy. Pale gold in colour with delicate and persistent beading (bubbles to you and I!). Rich bouquet with hints of almond and toast. Creamy, structured and complex.
Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut £31.99
A Champagne as dry as they come – no dosage (sugar) has been added to the blend so the wine is sold in its purest, most bone-dry state. Absolutely mouth-watering stuff!
Fine, clear and exceptionally fresh with aromas of citrus and white fruit. Light and delicate on the palate with an underpinning minerality. Crisp, refreshing finish.
Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1996 £105.00
“My tastes are simple; I am easily satisfied with the best!” Winston Churchill
Sumptuous grande cuvee launched in 1984 to mark the long standing association with Pol Roger’s most conspicuous advocate. In the decade up until his death it was estimated that around 500 cases of Pol Roger passed through the Churchill cellar – I am convinced that the great man would insist that this rate of consumption postponed rather than hastened his demise…
Laurent-Perrier Rosé £57.75
For many the epitome of rosé Champagne, the famous fat bottle holds a rare treat; fantastic colour and more complexity than the majority of its peers. A beautiful mid salmon-pink colour indicative of the red fruit flavours of the wine. The palate reveals a tantalising array of fresh fruit with raspberry and black cherries to the fore. Long finish.
Reviews by Ben Cahill