Don’t miss the Laurent-Perrier masterclasses at Taste of London, 2015

Jun 15, 15 Don’t miss the Laurent-Perrier masterclasses at Taste of London, 2015

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Laurent-Perrier has been chosen again to be the official champagne of The Taste of London in 2015. They will be hosting champagne masterclasses throughout the event (June 17th – 21st) as well as having a special bar set up where you’ll be able to sit back and relax with a glass of Laurent-Perrier in hand. The masterclasses this year will again be hosted by David Hesketh, Master of Wine and MD of Laurent-Perrier UK. David will be matching their cuvées with canapés prepared by street food connoisseurs Bob’s Lobster. I’ve been to various masterclasses with David and he is a font of knowledge about not only Laurent-Perrier but also about champagne in general.  Every time I attend one, I learn something new about champagne. These events are also great opportunity to enjoy a unique champagne experience. David will lead you in learning how to choose the optimum champagne; whether it’s for a special occasion or just because you fancy some bubbles in the middle of the week (I know I often do!). Following a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut on arrival, guests will be guided through the key characteristics of a range of Laurent-Perrier’s distinct champagnes, while enjoying freshly prepared rock oysters fried in cajun breadcrumbs and yuzo, crispy wonton tacos filled with sashimi grade yellow fin tuna and the famed Bob’s Lobster roll; toasted brioche, stuffed with native lobster tail dressed with paprika and fresh oregano. Daniel Brennan, Head of Marketing for Laurent-Perrier UK: “The Laurent-Perrier Champagne Moments Masterclass will demonstrate how different sizes and styles of champagne can enhance any occasion, our Brut will be served by jeroboam and our Grand Siècle by magnum. The pairing of these champagnes with carefully chosen dishes from Bob’s Lobster brings a fun approach to food matching and is quite simply, the best food pairing masterclass we have ever had at Taste!” Laurent-Perrier is taking the opportunity at Taste to introduce their summer partnership with award-winning gourmet popcorn pioneers, Joe & Seph’s, they have crafted a delicious Strawberry & Elderflower Popcorn. Capturing the fruity notes of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée...

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Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

May 18, 15 Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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The Chelsea Flower Show is this week and as they’ve done for a number of past years,  The Dorchester has partnered with Laurent-Perrier Champagne to create a breath-taking show garden, marking Chatsworth’s debut at Chelsea for the 2015 show.  The tea will be held in The Dorchester’s Promenade and will be served with Laurent-Perrier’s favourite champagne; Cuvée Rose. It will be an afternoon featuring the decadent but oh so delicious cakes inspired by the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, sandwiches and of course Champagne. The afternoon tea has been created to celebrate the collaboration between Laurent-Perrier Champagne and Chatsworth at Chelsea Flower Show. The teas will be available to the public throughout Chelsea week from 18th – 24th May. Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth have a shared heritage in gardens and nature, the garden, under the artistic direction of award-winning designer Dan Pearson, promises to be an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Phil Hammond will instil the essence of the show garden into his floral displays at The Promenade at The Dorchester and Henry Brosi has created a selection of delicate cakes inspired by the plants and flowers of the garden to give guests a memorable guest experience. Priced from £59 per person, the Laurent-Perrier Floral Afternoon Tea will be available in The Pavilion at The Dorchester during the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with 5 daily sittings at 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm and 5pm. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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An Exploration of Champagne Ruinart Roses

Apr 22, 15 An Exploration of Champagne Ruinart Roses

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“Champagne is best drunk between 9 am and 9 am the next day…” according to Ruinart Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis. I couldn’t agree more, which is how I found myself one Friday morning in Mayfair ready for a tasting of Ruinart’s rosés going  back to the 1980’s. The morning was dedicated to an exploration of Ruinart’s rosés. According the tasting notes, …”Ruinart is recognised by many as a reference for Blanc de Blanc Champagne and the Rosé wines in its portfolio contain a high percentage of Chardonnay grapes.  Frédéric describes the Ruinart Rosé as “A harmonious blending of two grape varieties, that gives a silky generous feeling on the palate.  The Chardonnay provides exceptional aromatic freshness while the Pinot Noir offers intense colour and delicate red fruits with an unexpected hint of exotic fruits…” I enjoy vertical tastings very much because it’s a chance to see how wines evolve and champagne is no different. We started with their NV rosé as a benchmark to see how the wines evolve over the years. This NV is full of berries and even has a few tropical notes to it. Fred noted that they are hoping to achieve an aromatic style of champagne, bursting with raspberry and strawberry. Fred says this is a rosé for jacuzzis, I’ll have to take his word for it! As we went through the wines, we went from Dom Ruinart 2002, 1998, 1996, 1990 and finished off with the Dom Ruinart 1988. The 2002 was still vibrant and pale pink in colour, still very aromatic on the nose. It was when we got to the 1990’s that the rosés began to turn darker in hue, almost onion skin in colour. The champagnes were also spicer and full of candied fruits on the nose and palate. By the time we go to the Dom Ruinart 1990, we were getting into Christmas pudding territory on the nose, with hints of dates, mushrooms and figs. This is definitely a food wine. Fred recommended this...

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Nicolas Feuillatte, biggest co-op in Champagne

Jan 30, 15 Nicolas Feuillatte, biggest co-op in Champagne

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Everyone likes to talk about the grand marquees of Champagne, your Vueves and your Taittingers but the big houses are not the only players in Champagne. Like other regions, Champagne also has co-ops and one of the biggest in France is Nicolas Feuillatte. It is the largest co-op in Champagne with over 5,000 growers supplying grapes for their champagnes. They produce 20 million bottles a year and export to over 80 countries world wide. The original co-op was created in the early 1970’s and was called The Centre Vinicole de la Champagne. However, it was not until Nicolas Feuillatte the man himself became involved with the co-op that the co-op’s name was officially changed in 1986 when Feuillatte agreed to let the co-op re-brand as Nicolas Feuillatte. Since then, they’ve become known for their modern style of champagnes. I tasted through their range with their cellar master, David Henault and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and lightness of the champagnes. Although the champagnes all have around 10 grams per litre of sugar, David says that although wine journalists like bone dry champagnes, it’s his experience that tells him that consumers like champagne with a bit of sugar. His champagnes are not sweet by any stretch of the imagination, they are fresh and fruity and nicely balanced. Feuillatte are known for their non-vintage champagnes which account for more than 90% of their production. That said, however, they do produce prestige cuvees and the 2006 brut Chardonnay was David’s first vintage at Feuillatte. David doesn’t believe in fining his champagnes and this one was very fresh with brioche toasty notes and a nice long nutty finish. I found it to be very enjoyable and it is also now available at Waitrose in the UK, retailing for £34.99. At that price, this is a very good value champagne. As their non-vintage is the most widely produced and distributed, I had to try it. The verdict, it was very good, fruity with surprisingly soft bubbles and...

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Launch of the Perrier Jouet 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition at the Gherkin

Sep 22, 14 Launch of the Perrier Jouet 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition at the Gherkin

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Earlier this month, Perrier Jouet was in town to launch their 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition bottle by Vik Muniz. The launch was at one of my favourite venues in London, The Gherkin. No matter how many times I’ve been to the top, it never fails to impress me. There may be taller buildings in London but the tip top of the Gherkin is just really cool.  Perrier Jouet commissioned Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz to create a unique label for the 2005 as this vintage is the most extravagent wine of the Belle Epoque collection, according to cellar master Herve Deschamps. According to the Perrier Jouet, the 2005 is… …A generous and voluptuous cuvée, the complexity of the 2005 vintage reflects a year of contrasts crowned by a spectacular Indian summer. Chardonnay, Perrier-Jouët’s nominated grape of choice, is predominant in the blend while the cuvée owes its richness and pure, salmon-pink hue to the Pinot Noir variety. After nine years ageing in the House’s cellars, the result is a perfect balance between the year’s character and Perrier-Jouët’s stylish, floral and diamond-cut house style…… The bottle has the traditional anemones on the front but the back label is where Muniz let his creativity come out to play. The artist created a long gold plated label running from top to bottom with the story of the 2005 etched on it. The surprise though is when you look thru the bottle from the front. There Muniz has etched in a hummingbird which appears to be feeding from the anemones. Beautiful!  After the unveiling of the 2005, we were treated to the Belle Epoque 2006 upstairs, where the space at the very top of the Gherkin had been transformed into a nightclub for the evening. A great night out, how could it not be with Perrier Jouet flowing freely. There were only 2000 bottles produced and only 200 are available in the UK. Look for it in Harvey Nichols or at Searcy’s Champagne Bar. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike...

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