To tap into our thirst for one of France’s greatest exports, here are some brilliant bubbles to charm a loved one:
n Canard-Duchene Authentic Green, £28. Oddbins
One of Champagne’s most beautiful
vineyards in the Montagne de Reims region, Canard-Duchene’s first organic champagne was awarded an eco-trophy by the Montagne de Reims National Park for its wine-making facilities. Its organically certified cuvee is a blend of 50% chardonnay, 40% pinot meunier and a top up of pinot noir.
Exceptionally fresh with aromas of citrus and honey, a delicate fruity palate and good acidity.
n Taittinger Vintage 2005, £38. Majestic Founded in 1931, PierreEmmanuel Taittinger is the latest family member to run this illustrious house, and his daughter, Vitalie, cites the 2005 vintage among her favourites. This latest release is
made exclusively from grand cru grapes and is a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Rich and sumptuous with aromas of freshly baked brioche, and mouth-filling honey and fresh fruits with a hint of pink grapefruit.
chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, it is sumptuous and expressive with a floral nose and a lively mineral character which provides freshness and drive. This is a wine to swoon over and share with the love of your life.
n Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002, £70. www.bbr.com Winston Churchill’s champagne of choice, Pol Roger named one of its cuvees after the great man, who loved its robust and mature style. Who is to say this loyal devotee would not have been seduced by the beguiling flavours of Blanc de Blancs 2002? Made entirely from grand crus
n Dom Perignon Vintage 2003, £140. www.harrods.com This latest masterpiece is 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. Elegant and vibrant, with a voluptuous palate and great acidity, it’s typical of the DP style, which is usually more aromatic with a creamy, medium-weight palate.