The Finest Bubble launch night on 27th November 2014 was a huge success: held at Moët Hennessy’s London office in Grosvenor Gardens, over 50 guests took part in a unique tasting experience of 5 prestige Champagnes from the 1998 vintage, as Richard Bampfield MW walked us through their differences.
The five Champagnes were: Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998, Dom Pérignon 1998, Dom Pérignon P2 1998, Krug 1998 and Veuve Clicquot La Grade Dame Rosé 1998.
Prior to the 1998 tasting with Richard, guests were able to taste the current vintages: Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004, Dom Pérignon 2004, Krug 2003, Krug Grande Cuvée and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004.
We filmed Richard’s encapsulating presentation of the 1998’s and in this fourth instalment, Richard discusses the origins of rosé Champagne and its early unpopularity. Tasting the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1998, Richard offers his opinion on why this is a beautifully made Champagne.
Summarising, Richard shares his viewpoint that rosé Champagnes are still in their infancy, due to the only very recent productional development of the best red wine vineyards. “The best rosé Champagnes are yet to come.”