Exploring the effervescent world of Champagne

Exploring the effervescent world of Champagne

Renowned producers or independent wineries, our Sommelier Thierry Bastard reveals his favorites Champagnes

 

"Whether as an aperitif or accompaniment to the meal as a whole, what I really look for as a Champagne is vinous character and fine bubbles. I also want something that has body and a solid presence in mouth.

Krug Grande Cuvée

Of the numerous celebrated houses and great vintages of Champagne, my preferred choice is Krug. I find them to be one of the most prestigious Champagne houses that keeps producing exceptional wines. For the wine list at La Table du Royal I selected their 2000 vintage, the Clos du Mesnil 2000, as well as the rosé and Grande Cuvée which to me is their defining Champagne. I'm always amazed by its aromas of vanilla and fresh peach which mingle with brioche and roasted hazelnuts. It is a well balanced, vinous champagne, with fine bubbles and a slightly tart finish.
When customers, friends, or family first try a Krug wine, there is a real sense of emotion. Years later they'll still talk about that one particular moment, which I can't help feeling is the sign of a truly excellent grand vintage.


Cuvée Brut Tradition Grand Cru, domaine Egly-Ouriet

Alongside all the great wine makers that feature on my wine list, you'll also find Champagne's most representative producers. i've had the opportunity of tasting wonderful and highly reputed vintages from the likes of Domaine Egly-Puriet.
Their cuvée Brut Tradition Grand Cru, partly aged in oak barrels produces a very fine champagne with floral and honeyed aromas as well as woody and mineral notes. The palate is also well balanced, with fine bubbles and a hint of smokiness. Pear and closing notes of citrus give it a distinct vivaciousness.
Egly-Ouriet Champagnes are not for just anyone. They require explanation and understanding, so you could say that these are sommelier Champagnes. Personally, I feel Champagne is best enjoyed as an aperitif, but it can also be the perfect companion to a gourmet meal including shellfish, white meats, mushrooms, and truffles.

Champagne, whether vintage grand cru or not, is sure to provide immense pleasure and become part of your fondest gastronomic memories."

 

Interview published in Passion Palace Magazine - Winter 2014

 

 Exploring the effervescent world of Champagne

 Exploring the effervescent world of Champagne

Renowned producers or independent wineries, our Sommelier Thierry Bastard reveals his favorites Champagnes

"Whether as an aperitif or accompaniment to the meal as a whole, what I really look for as a Champagne is vinous character and fine bubbles. I also want something that has body and a solid presence in mouth.

Krug Grande Cuvée

Of the numerous celebrated houses and great vintages of Champagne, my preferred choice is Krug. I find them to be one of the most prestigious Champagne houses that keeps producing exceptional wines. For the wine list at La Table du Royal I selected their 2000 vintage, the Clos du Mesnil 2000, as well as the rosé and Grande Cuvée which to me is their defining Champagne. I'm always amazed by its aromas of vanilla and fresh peach which mingle with brioche and roasted hazelnuts. It is a well balanced, vinous champagne, with fine bubbles and a slightly tart finish.
When customers, friends, or family first try a Krug wine, there is a real sense of emotion. Years later they'll still talk about that one particular moment, which I can't help feeling is the sign of a truly excellent grand vintage.


Cuvée Brut Tradition Grand Cru, domaine Egly-Ouriet

Alongside all the great wine makers that feature on my wine list, you'll also find Champagne's most representative producers. i've had the opportunity of tasting wonderful and highly reputed vintages from the likes of Domaine Egly-Puriet.
Their cuvée Brut Tradition Grand Cru, partly aged in oak barrels produces a very fine champagne with floral and honeyed aromas as well as woody and mineral notes. The palate is also well balanced, with fine bubbles and a hint of smokiness. Pear and closing notes of citrus give it a distinct vivaciousness.
Egly-Ouriet Champagnes are not for just anyone. They require explanation and understanding, so you could say that these are sommelier Champagnes. Personally, I feel Champagne is best enjoyed as an aperitif, but it can also be the perfect companion to a gourmet meal including shellfish, white meats, mushrooms, and truffles.

Champagne, whether vintage grand cru or not, is sure to provide immense pleasure and become part of your fondest gastronomic memories."

 

Interview published in Passion Palace Magazine - Winter 2014

 
 
 
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