Sparkling Quartet with Laurent-Perrier

Jan 31, 14 Sparkling Quartet with Laurent-Perrier

Posted by in Champagne, London

A few years ago, ultra brut champagne was all the rage and then it quietly fell off the radar and I hadn’t heard much since then. However, last night I was re-introduced to the pleasures of Laurent-Perrier’s zero dosage champagne (as well as Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvees)  at The Westbury in Mayfair. Laurent-Perrier and The Westbury have teamed up to offer ‘Sparkling Quartet’ evenings throughout 2014. The premise is a dinner featuring the 4 talented chefs that currently reside within the hotel and it’s restaurants. Their culinary creations are then matched up with one of Laurent-Perrier’s champagnes. I arrived a bit late but was just in time to try the dishes of Chef Show Choong. A starter of Chopped Tuna Loin with red onion, myoga, shiso and karashi su-miso and sliced scallop, sweet prawn & sea urchin with a yuzu vinagrette & porcini oil were both paired with the Ultra Brut but one was at room temperature and one was chilled. Despite being at room temperature, the Ultra Brut is still fine and delicate if, believe it or not, quite fruity. I preferred it chilled with food as it didn’t seem as dense as the room temperature Ultra Brut. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle was the next champagne and what a delight that one is! It is a prestige cuvee but it is technically a non-vintage because it’s a blend of 3 different vintages. It was originally created to mark the 300th anniversary of the marriage of Louis XIV and there have only been 16 cuvees since it’s first release in 1960. Paired with a meaty hunk of roast halibut with broccoli, almonds and chanterelles, (made by Chef Brian Fartoni) it was light and delicate but still having excellent structure. As we were dining in Alyn Williams restaurant, it was only a matter of time before he made his appearance. Giving us a quick rundown of his dish, Cotswold white chicken, caramelized leeks, potato, smoked egg and truffle. What made this dish even better was side of...

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Upcoming Laurent-Perrier dinner at Roux at Parliament Square, Nov. 6th

Nov 01, 12 Upcoming Laurent-Perrier dinner at Roux at Parliament Square, Nov. 6th

Posted by in Champagne

There’s no hiding the fact that I do adore champagne. Someone asked me at a dinner the other night, “what’s the one wine you would always recommend?”  I, of course, piped up with champagne and then was rather sniffely told that was a lazy choice by another wine geek at the table. WHAT?!?! Ridiculous, there are so many different kinds and styles of champagne, it would take a long time to taste through them all – from demi-sec to zero dosage, not to mention vintage, single vineyard, NV, blanc de blanc, rose, etc. The variety of champagne boggles the mind. But I’m going off on a rant here, the point of this post is to not only point out the versatility of champagne (and nowhere do you see that versatility  more then when it it served with and, if you’re lucky, throughout a meal) then to advise you all about an upcoming champagne dinner at Roux at Parliament Square on November 6th. Laurent-Perrier and and Chef Michel Roux, Jr. have teamed up for one night only to present a carefully matched 5 course menu, paired with Laurent Perrier champagnes. Not only will Michel be there to talk about the food but Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt,who has taken over from her late father Bernard, will be on hand to talk about the champagnes and the food. It should be an fantastic dinner. I often get the opportunity to speak with the winemakers but to also have the chef on hand to explain his choices with each champagne makes the evening even more interesting. I love this kind of stuff, it always makes the meal even more enjoyable. Here is a small sample of what’s going to be on the menu: Scallop Croustillant, Potato and Truffle Butter paired with Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2002 and a succulent Slow Roasted Breast and Fillet of English Veal, with Macaroni Gratin and Woodland Mushrooms paired with the Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle. Tickets for ‘An evening with Michel Roux Jr and Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt’ on Nov. 6th...

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