At the races? Celebrate your win with a proper bang … a magnum.
Magnums of Champagne look great and taste great. A fun and friendly way to toast your winning fillies! This magnum of Cuvée de Réserve (£49.99) from the house of Champagne Ellner has won many awards, including two stars in the French wine lovers' bible, The Guide Hachette. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, it has been aged for around 5 years and the dosage is 10g/l. A classic rich and toasty champagne, with biscuity notes and a refreshing citrus finish. Perfect with mixed platters of fish, meat and cheese.
An afternoon of Opera – Glyndebourne. To match those high notes, why not take a bottle of Jean-Claude Mouzon Brut Integral 2004 (£61).
Each bottle is individually numbered and delivered with special scissors to cut the hemp twine securing the cork. Only 1000 bottles have ever been produced, making it a rare treasure and great for connoisseurs. This champagne is made with 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes entirely from the Grand Cru village of Verzenay. They are handpicked and the wine is aged for a year in new oak casks (made with oak from the forests of Champagne-Ardennes).
The champagne undergoes further cellaring of at least 4-5 years before disgorgement (removal of the sediment). It is also a zero dosage champagne which means no sugar is added at the end of the process. This champagne is rich with notes of biscuit, pastry, caramel and vanilla with hints of baked lemon; an amazing champagne that needs food. It is incredible served with cheese.
An evening of music and dancing… Hampton Court Festival or Kenwood House Concerts. Why not plump for something light and easy to help you with all that dancing! Our Vignarosa Amorino Brut Rosato (£10.75) – a sparkling wine from Italy – is jammed full of red fruits. Described by many as “strawberries in a glass” this fizz is great on its own or with something sweet.