How could a sumptuous long hot summer be made even better? With the quaffing of some delicious fizz of course. The sound of that ‘pop’, the sight of those bubbles fizzing, and the scent of those subtle champagne aromas permeating the air. I’m in!
The French certainly know how to enjoy fizz under lavish sun rays. In St. Tropez it’s customary to sip champers poolside, occasionally with a lump or two of ice. Here, we’re often guilty of locking the bubbly away until it’s called upon to help us celebrate some good news. We say, every day of summer is news worth celebrating, so let’s get the champagne out of the cupboard, plunge it into a bucket of ice, and toast to good weather!
To help in this worthwhile endeavour, I’ve enlisted our wine expert Laurie to hand-pick a selection of five stunning wines you could showcase in your venue this month. We do say it quite a bit, but we do so because it’s true; a ‘wine (or champagne) of the month’ is a superb way of discovering what your customer’s love, even if they don’t know it themselves yet!
Montaudon Grande Rosé Brut
Rosé wines are very much in vogue. While Rosé Champagnes haven’t quite seen the uplift of still Provence styles, upping the choice and availability of Champagne styles is a great way to encourage drinkers. This superb example comes from grapes grown in vineyards in and around Les Riceys. The blend is 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier with Pinot Noir making up the other 50%.
Laurie says: “This Pinot Noir dominated Champagne reveals intense currant, strawberry, and raspberry notes. An incredibly refreshing Champagne to be enjoyed by itself or with dessert”.
Bouché Père et Fils Blanc de Noirs Zero Dosage
We’ve seen growing interest in Zero Dosage Champagnes, simply put, wines in which no extra sweetness is added. The resulting wines are wonderfully crisp and dry and can particularly appeal to consumers watching what they eat and drink. This Champagne is an excellent example of the style, described by one of our wine buyers as “a joy to drink”. It’s aged for six years with a small proportion under wood to give added complexity to the wine.
Laurie says: “Champagne Bouché is a tiny family run business focusing on quality. This Champagne is made exclusively from black grapes: 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. This gives the wine a great structure along with some intense aromas of red fruits. This zero dosage Champagne is the perfect drink for any summer celebration”.
Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé
This rosé Champagne is bursting with summer fruit flavours and comes from one of the most famous Houses in the region. Possessing a beautifully delicate salmon-pink colour, this wine has a huge visual impact that's sure to turn heads. Made mainly using black grapes, about 13% of which is vinified red to give the wine colour, with around 33% of Chardonnay in the blend to achieve elegance in keeping with Taittinger’s style. A beautiful, delicate salmon-pink colour with flavours redolent of ripe, red-berry summer fruits.
Laurie says: “Lively, fruity, and elegant, this wine that is the perfect summer aperitif. As an added bonus, Taittinger is one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label”.
Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Brut
Sometimes, only a glass of Champagne will do. As consumers look to trade up on their normal spending habits, make sure you’re giving them the chance to do so. A blend of 50-55% Pinot Noir, 30-35% Pinot Meunier, 15-20% Chardonnay with 15-20% reserve wines added. This wine is a great way to heighten the sense of ceremony and special occasion.
Laurie says: “Essentiel, as declared by Cellar Master Regis Camus, is the ultimate expression of Piper-Heidsieck Brut. The blend comprises over 100 base wines made with fruit sourced from all over the Champagne region. It’s an On-Trade targeted Champagne that has diners and Champagne enthusiasts in mind. It has a balanced, focused palate with aromas of almond, white peach, apple and oyster shell. Delicious”.
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut
Unquestionably the brand leader in this category. Laurent-Perrier is one of the most recognisable and revered names in the region. The grapes for this wine are allowed only three days of brief contact with the skins to give the wine it’s glorious pink colour. Bottled in the distinctive ‘dumpy’ Laurent-Perrier bottle that gives it plenty of appeal on the back bar.
Laurie says: “Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes from Grand Cru villages, this wine is quite simply, one of the best examples of Champagne rosés in the market. The beautiful colour is achieved by an unusually short period of skin contact before the fermentation starts. This Champagne is bursting with raspberry and redcurrant flavours and is the ultimate sophisticated Summer treat”.
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