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A Sparkling Occasion

Nothing says "celebration" quite like the popping of a cork, and very little compares to a little effervescent fizz when it comes to romance. But when it comes to truly expressing your love, you simply can't go past the allure of Champagne. This issue we look at three French Champagne houses.

Nicolas Feuillatte

This is the number one selling champagne in France and the number three globally, with a consistent record for top rankings, even though it's one of the youngest champagne brands around.

The wine is aged for three years producing, according to their Cellar Master, 'an elegant wine suitable for drinking as an aperitif or for accompanying an entire meal'.

On the palate, it has a fresh opening, is smooth, pleasant and well balanced. On the nose, it's floral with a subtle predominance of white fruits such as pear, apple, almond and hazelnut. The blend is 40% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay and 40% pinot meunier.

Priced between: $60-$79

Find it at: Available in selected liquor outlets and supermarkets
www.feuillatte.com

Duval-Leroy

This 150-year old wine house is one of the few remaining family-owned champagne houses in the world. Run by the widow Carol Duval-Leroy, the house produces world class and well-reviewed champagne.

There is a unique power and character which marks it out as a top-of-the-range champagne, known for its consistency, expertise, and creative spirit. The house of Duval-Leroy revels in the art of blending pinots and chardonnays. Enriched with around fifteen crus and a generous quantity of reserve wines, Duval-Leroy Brut confirms its complexity and is recognised for its consistency.

It provides a perfect balance between finesse and power, drawing out flavours of dark chocolate, cinnamon and roasted yellow figs, expressing its subtle, melt-in-the-mouth vinosity.

It is ideal as an aperitif wine, and provides a subtle accompaniment to white meats. And the beautiful bottle decorated with hearts is just perfect for wedding celebrations!

Priced between: $65-$76

Find it at: Available at selected liquor outlets
www.duval-leroy.com

Gosset Grand Reserve Brut

The oldest wine house in Champagne, established in Ay back in 1584, this boutique producer still operates in the ultra-traditional style, producing limited quantities of premium wine. You can't go wrong with a drop that's endorsed by some of NZ's leading chefs and is listed on the wine menus of Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants around the world! Because of the limited quantities produced, you'll have to search specialty wine stores for this one.

Gosset's famous Grande Réserve is a delicate blend of several vintages of 46% chardonnay, 44% pinot noir and 10% pinot meunier. It is bottled in the distinctive antique style bottle synonymous with Champagne Gosset. On the palate you'll find it's powerfully "biscuity" with a "toasty" flavour and it is ideal for serving on its own or matching with food.

Priced between: $79-84

Find it at: Available at selected liquor outlets
www.champagne-gosset.com

This article was kindly supplied by My Wedding New Zealand's Premier Wedding Magazine

 

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