As guests entered the room, on their left was the Laurent Perrier range, including of course their infamous Laurent Perrier NV Rose. Of the three Champagnes on offer, (in my humble opinion) the stand out wine on the table was the Laurent Perrier Vintage 2006. It had incredibly elegant, light fresh flavours on the palate with a lovely delicacy to it, yet the flavours lasted for ages in the mouth…. Delicious!
On to the next table and guests were able to sample the newcomer to the Finest Bubble range a Prestigious Sparkling wine from Hattingley Valley Vineyards situated between Basingstoke and Winchester (hopefully closer to Winchester!), in the South of England. Here the Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee was the star of the night, an elegant, svelte and super pure wine with aromas of hedgerow flowers and a characteristic toastyness on the finish…..yummy.
At the back of the room and nearly half way round the tasting, the family run house of Louis Roederer were displaying three of their range for tasting. Whilst the Louis Roederer Brut Premier is always a reliable and delicious non-vintage, the most notable wine and a great conversation piece was the Brut Nature with a label designed by the great Philippe Starck. A bone dry Champagne with pear and citrus aromas, very pure and extremely moreish!
Next door the LVMH table with Dom Perignon 2006, absolutely scrumptious, Krug Grand Cuvee, a show stopper and the delectable Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004. My personal favourite on the night was the Dom Ruinart, I love the fine quality of the Chardonnay fruit, a feminine style of Champagne with a real touch of class!
Nearly there, just two tables to go! Bollinger a slightly larger table greeted guests as they are the official Champagne for the latest Bond Film Spectre and to commemorate this they have release two unique presentation packs of which both were on display. My recommendation on the night was the Bollinger La Grande Annee 2005, which was rich in flavour with an abundance of toasty brioche and developed fruit flavours….gorgeous!
Last but by no means least Pol Roger, the only house to bring along both a bottle and a magnum of the same vintage (2004) to enable guests to compare. It was incredible to see the difference aging in bottle and magnum has on the wine, (if you didn’t know any better you would think they were different wines)! The Star was most definitely the Magnum of Pol Roger 2004, an absolute winner!
Thank you Matt, Frederick’s General Manager for helping make this work so well and providing those excellent canapés.
Photography by Matt Martin