No beverage is associated with luxury and glamour like champagne. Champagne was popularised amongst royalty and the rich in 17th century France by Duke of Orléans, Philippe II and it has since not lost its stature. ‘Lifestyle of a Bon Vivant’ presents you with a list of 5 exquisite champagnes that anyone who enjoys a sip of luxury should taste.
Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac is made from Premier Cru and Grand Cru grapes from the Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs and Vallee de la Marne terroirs. Each of the cuvees is a blend of three outstanding vintage years and includes a special liqueur de dosage aged for a full year in oak casks from Burgundy and Champagne. Remuage is carried out by hand on traditional wooden racks, taking 30-45 days. After remuage and degorgement, the bottles are aged for at least a further six months before release. It contains 12.50% alcohol. It can be purchased online for £210.
Pommery Brut Royal Magnum
Pommery Brut Royal Champagne Magnum NV possess a pale yellow colour with faint green highlights. It is a fresh, light-hearted, fine, delicate and generous champagne. Citrus fruit and white flower notes combined with small red fruits. It is a a rounded, rich, delicate wine that lingers in the mouth made up of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. It contains 12% alocholc and can be purchased online for £83.33.
Bollinger Grande Année
The Bollinger Grand Année is produced exclusively from Grand Cru rated grapes. It is rich, biscuity and yeasty. It is fermented in mature small oak barrels to increase the complexity and aging potential of the wine. The Bollinger Grande Année is produced from from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It contains 12.50% alcohol and can be purchased online for £76.99
Dom Ruinart 1998
Dom Ruinart has been fashioned exclusively from the finest of all Chardonnay Grand Cru grapes, grown to the most superior Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards. A blancs de blancs from Ruinart, the 1998 vintage offers balance, and a great flavour profile. It makes for a great aperitif. The Dom Ruinart 1998 contains 12.50% alcohol and can be purchased online for £109.99.
Dom Perignon Vintage 2004
Dom Perignon is couture in a glass. A champagne based not on a recipe, but on the alchemical arts of its maker. It took Dom Pierre Perignon, Cellar Master at the Abbey of Hautvillers, the man recognised as the creator of the champagne we know and love today, 47 years of humility, education and hard work to create his “ideal” wine during which he pioneered many of the methods that became the way in which champagne continues to be crafted to this day. Dom Perignon is unique in the Champagne world. It is only ever a vintage with a minimum of 7 years of ageing. The Dom Perignon Vintage 2004 contains 12.50% alcohol and can be purchased online for £114.95.