Summer With Veuve Clicquot

The champagne house Veuve Clicquot is orchestrating summer around events as sophisticated as they are instructive. On the program, lunch on the grass at the Manoir de Verzy, and exclusive Master Classes!

Summer with Veuve Clicquot, Champagne and Joie de Vivre

Lunches on the Grass at the Manoir de Verzy

It is the first time that the iconic champagne house which bears the name of Veuve Clicquot has offered the discovery of the Manoir de Verzy park. In the heart of the Champagne vineyard which has always given so many flavors to Clicquot champagne, the Parc du Manoir de Verzy opens its doors to the public – around a very French theme.

The idea is simple: around a lunch on the grass, the Clicquot house offers to go back to the origin of Champagne wine in an idyllic setting where nature whispers the secret of a plant world subject to the cycle of seasons.

Between charm and tranquility, champagne and joie de vivre, its meetings are also given around a taste experience. Veuve Clicquot has long been a master of food and wine pairings. Just read the story of the first Rosé champagne.

This time, it was to the Chef of the Veuve Clicquot house, Christophe Pannetier, that we entrusted the composition of a gourmet and generous proposal – to share, in accordance with the house’s Rosé cuvée.

On the menu? Regional, seasonal products, fresh and worked around simple and warm recipes!

A pleasure to discover all summer long, nestled in the heart of a bucolic domain – lunches on the grass of the Veuve Clicquot house can be booked here without further delay.

Master Class And Visit Crayères

Other Veuve Clicquot summer events – the exclusive Master Classes, and a visit to the iconic Crayères!

Acquired in 1909 by the house, the Crayères Veuve Clicquot have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 2015 and they can be visited all summer.

For to enter this underground network of twenty-four kilometers, the largest and most dense of all the Champagne champagne houses, is to enter the Veuve Clicquot lair. A lair where craftsmanship is transmitted from generation to generation – the power of nature in addition!

And precisely, Veuve Clicquot offers this year exclusive Master Classes in July and October to better understand the secret of composition of such an exceptional champagne!

On the program for these Master Classes? The tasting of basic wines, reserve wines and iconic cuvées of the House. Always in agreement with exceptional dishes made by the team of Veuve Clicquot chefs. All to capture the expertise and style that make the signature of the house Veuve Clicquot – namely, the art of aging and the love of Pinot Noir.

Discover the history of these cellars and the winemaking expertise of the house, through a tasting led by one of the Veuve Clicquot oenologists – enough to orchestrate a piece of summer around events as sophisticated as they are instructive !

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The Champagne Food Pairings By Veuve Clicquot Rosé

The house’s iconic champagne becomes ideal for enjoying summer dishes as it should be!

Le Veuve Clicquot Rosé, A Story of Audacity and Taste

A process initiated over 200 years ago

Veuve Clicquot Rosé is one of the most emblematic cuvées of the house. And for good reason ! Created over 200 years ago by Veuve Clicquot , this rosé is the very first blended rosé known. The first blending rosé that quickly changed the codes of champagne.

The process represents all the audacity and innovation of Veuve Clicquot. The first woman to head a champagne house, was also the one by whom the tinting process of the rosé left its place to the blending.

An art of assembly which consists in selecting red wines and still white wines, of exceptional quality before assembling them! A process then initiated in 1818 which was quickly taken up by the other champagne houses.

The Veuve Clicquot Rosé blend today

Combining 50 to 60 different vintages, the blend of the Veuve Clicquot Rosé cuvée is based today on the traditional blend of Veuve Clicquot Brut Carte Jaune. Its very particular structure, the Veuve Clicquot Rosé draws it from the predominance of Pinot Noir.

It is also in the reserve wines that Veuve Clicquot Rosé derives all its aromatic strength. Then comes the addition of still red wine from black grapes. This is where the cuvée gains it’s power and intensity!

Finally, the blend is bottled; kept for three years in the cellar. An exemplary craft which, when tasted, capsizes the taste buds with a bright pink robe, highlighted by copper reflections.

The scent is generous and elegant, with intense aromas of red fruits such as raspberry, wild strawberry or blackberry. Next come gourmet notes of cookies, almonds, brioche and apricots.

Enough to marry the most delicious dishes. Which ones?

The Champagne Food Pairings By Veuve Clicquot Rosé

What should you use with Rosé Veuve Cliquot champagne? The house replied that it is ideal for summer dishes!

Its fruity aromas and unctuous texture virtuously accompany the freshness of summer. The combinations are multiple, but the house said it: the more than perfect agreement is made around the tuna.

But there is more. Smoked salmon, shrimp, duck or cold meats, the Veuve Clicquot Rosé puts food-champagne pairings around these foods rich in possibilities.

The aromas of Veuve Clicquot Rosé also take off around fresh and juicy tomatoes. With beef carpaccio or ripe red fruit, these notes will be magnified by the aromas of Veuve Clicquot Rosé.

Thus sparkling, the rosés of the Veuve Clicquot vintage marry the summer imagination and the most delicious moments! An aromatic delicacy with the sophisticated spirit of the Veuve Clicquot.

They said: “Our wines must flatter both the eye and the palate. Plenty of moments to engrave of sharing around an iconic champagne.

Moët & Chandon, The Perfect Match

What to pair with Moët & Chandon champagne? The house donates its recipes for “The Perfect Match”.

What to pair with this Moët & Chandon champagne?

Refocusing on taste and excellence, is what drove the new approach of the house Moët & Chandon. The champagne favorite of Napoleon enjoyed indeed a thousand and one ways, but not just anyhow.

In order to guide the palate and provoke flights of taste, the house of Moët & Chandon now offers to follow its gastronomic guides in order to taste its champagne under the best auspices.

New recipes combining the flavors of champagnes – in the cellar of master Benoît Gouez as well as to the three-star Michelin Guide Chef, Yannick Alleno, that the house has entrusted its associations.

Aficionados of Moët Impérial are invited to follow these recipes.

Lovers of Rosé Impérial Moët will find themselves here. Where Benoît Gouez delivers an introduction to the art of champagne. Yannick Alleno reveals the secrets of a refined aperitif – to do at home, of course!

As for the Grand Vintage 2012, it is surprisingly savored around a simple pasta dish inevitably coupled with a secret sophistication.

Finally, the signature of the house, the Imperial 1869 Cocktail that requires a little special attention. To taste with a guacamole or…the answer is here.

Ballantine’s Whiskey Gets Dressed For the Festive Season 2019

The house that was one of the first to assemble its whiskeys edits two limited editions of its blends. 

If George Ballantine was one of the first to assemble and age his whiskeys, he was also the entrepreneur that was at the origin of creating the most balanced of blends. Since 1827, the house that survives him takes it on to defend these complex and delicious whiskeys. For the occasion of the end of year festivities is also a way to discover new variations around a very appreciated whisky. 

Ballantine’s has thus created a Ballantine’s: Barrel Smooth Blend – deeply round with a fine acidity. Other novelty – a red version of the iconic Ballentine’s Finest as an echo to the nuances of tasting that compose it. And the Ballantine’s 12 also takes on new colours… a cubic coating that celebrates the process of ageing – a crucial step in making the perfect blend, initiated by George Ballantine himself!

Chateau d’Yquem: In a Glass, the Grandeur of A French Wine

The story of a great French wine that has become the most prestigious in the world – Château d’Yquem, or excellence since four centuries. To be placed on tables this festive season. 

We must head to Sauternais, a beautiful small region hidden in the vallée de la Garonne. There must be a strict micro-climate, but well administrated in order to discover the Chateau d’Yquem and its grape. The domaine, four centuries old is 170 hectares large. There, the vines are treated like a princess; it is subject to no chemicals and its vines are inspected and then picked by hand in full respect of ancestral tradition. Inherited across 12 generations! We find two legendary French grape varieties: the Sémillon and the Sauvignon. Submitted to a very regular climate and associated to exceptional soils – Yquem is a liquor-like wine, at once warm and light.

To breath in its gold-colored robe is to fill oneself with floods of intense ripe fruits (mirabelle plum, apricot) and dried fruits (fig, quince). The famous nectar also presents exotic notes of mango and spice that forms subtle and tickling perfumes, as Pierre Lurton – chef de cave d’Yquem – likes to say. On the palate its amplitude is incomparable, this wine deploys opulence. And then there is a complex refinement that meddles an infinite smoothness, a strong yet delicate velvet and an exquisite softness that carries it all… 

Château d’Yquem is the first premier cru superieur of all the Sauternes ranked crus by Napoleon III in 1855. Its submission to nature, which is to say to a capricious nature that rules over its hills, creates its preciousness, its excellence and exclusive character. About one year in ten, the domaine – unsatisfied by the results of its vineyard, renounces to put its harvest in bottle. It is making the choice to forever bring to the name of d’Yquem a demanding sense of quality rarely observed elsewhere. This highly prestigious wine is an incarnation of French luxury: a savoir-vivre entirely. What fills the glass when one pours this magical sap, this harmonious liquid, this drink that is soft to the eyes, is probably a sense of grandeur. 

A mythical wine that provokes in all instant emotions. To name a few palates that have vibrated to these notes, that of Louis XIV, Napoléon III or even Thomas Jefferson, who after a visit to France in 1787, wrote that it was the best French white wine. Before ordering some for his general, “I have persuaded our President, the General Washington, to try a sample. He demands thirty dozens, Sir and I ask two dozens for myself”. Visibly, the sample has since conquered as the Château d’Yquem counts among the most prestigious and iconic wines in history! Something to make the end of year festivities even more exceptional! 

Romanée Conti – Object of All Desires

It is the most prestigious of names in the world – however, the Romanée-conti icon is the fruit of a vineyard that is small in size but mighty in history. 

The iconic Romanée-conti cuvée lies on  the oldest and most famous estate of Bourgogne. Perched above the village of Vosne-Romanée, at the heart of beautiful limestone grounds, the estate extends over 25 hectare – on the other hand, the vineyard dedicated to the production of Romanée-conti is only 1,81 hectares. This great red wine owes its reputation to its story as well as its centennial culture, founded on the principles of biodynamic farming. 

“There are no predestined great vineyards, only the stubbornness of civilisations” says Aubert de Villaine, co-owner and co-director of the domaine. The story then: Since the time of Louis XIV the wine of Romanée was prescribed by the King’s doctor, Guy Crescent Fagon against his persistent stomach aches. However, it is Prince de Conti that would make it gain its reputation. His aesthete eye and affirmed palate saw in it more than a wine of ivresse – it was to him a true work of art.  

“He gave his name to the wine for the simple reason that it was served only at his personal table” tells Aubert de Villaine. Yes, appreciated for a long time by Louis-François de Bourbon, previously called the Prince de Conti, he acquired it for ten times the price of a very sought after cru, the Clos de Bèze. From then, the production of Romanée-conti would be extremely limited. The grand cru is just like a great work of art. It is a victim of falsification. 

A wine stamped DRC excites experts, oenologists and counterfeiters. Its quasi-ineffable refinement is made to accompany the greatest moments of life. Great dinners, too. Shared amongst family or guests, the Romanée-conti slides into wine cards of great restaurants but under one condition: that the bottle is destroyed after consumption. So that it cannot be falsified. How much is a Romanée-conti bottle worth? The production, searching for an absolute ideal, make the few bottles in circulation reach astronomical heights. In June 2018, 76,300 euros for a 1999 jeroboam. Never has a bottle been sold for such a high price. But art responds to no commercial logic. Something with which to accompany  moments of exceptional ravishment, is it not?

Hennessy, Cognac Makes Itself Festive for Christmas

The house which will celebrate its 255 years of existence in 2020 will introduce, once again, exceptional bottles for the end of year celebrations!

We can read the story of the Hennessy maison in its emblem – the family crest of its founder Richard Hennessy, now become a symbol of its savour faire. The legendary hatchet leave sits sign on the most desirable cognacs of the world. This savoir-faire goes way back, almost 255 years to be precise. Irish officer at the service of King Louis XV, Richard Hennessy discovered Charent and the city of Cognac all the while learning about trade. In 1765 he founded his own house which quickly conquered the palace of the French King’s court. A business yes but nonetheless a family one, Hennessy transmits itself from generation to generation. A rule that applies just as much to the founders as to the master blenders. 

Some hundred years later, in 1870, Maurice Hennessy begun another international reference for cognacs. With the XO designation (for eXtra Old), he put out into the world the finest cognacs in the galaxy. Initially reserved to family and friends, Hennessy X.O. is now accessible to all! And it is evidently this same Hennessy X.O. & Ice that the maison chose to put into the spotlight for the end of 2019. 

The maison revisited a frosted case that transforms into an ice bucket, a way to accompany the new ways of enjoying the drink – around ice! This is thanks to the Comité de Dégustation  of the Hennessy maison, who each morning at the same time in the heart of Cognac gets together in order to follow the gustative evolution and potential of cognacs. This time, it proposes three ways of experimenting with Hennessy X.O. With three ice cubes, one large ice cube or even five or six ice cubes, the goal stays the same: reveal it’s rich and complex aromas!

Another novelty intimately related to the history of the brand – In 1947, Gerald de Geoffrey de Chabrignac, Richard’s nephew, drew the now iconic Hennessy carafe. Its shape, inspired by an inverted grapevine with embossed vines running along the glass is a homage to the vines of Charente. The novelty continues when in 1979, the master blender Maurice Fillioux created “Hennessy Paradis”, a cognac assembling hundreds of exceptional brandies, the house begun a new chapter in its history. 

This is now captured in the new crystal carafe, a jewel of the collection – the Hennessy Paradis Imperial. Conceived by contemporary artist and designer Arik Levy, the new crystal carat brings about a delicate and audacious balance. It contains the Hennessy cognacs that have reached their points of elegance, the decisive and ephemeral moment where a brandy is deemed ready to enter the composition of a Hennessy Paradis Imperial assemblage. 

And since Hennessy holds luxury to be of primary value, it is at the heart of a specially created trunk by Louis Vuitton that the icon will nestle. The Hennessy Paradis Imperial trunk by Louis Vuitton celebrates thus the excellence of savoir-faire, the two maisons offering both a unique vision of the world. A vision largely inspired by refinement of taste and a joint affinity for the world of travel. A gustative journey that awaits you for the end of year festivities!

Bollinger: James Bond’s Champagne

With the launch of “La Grande Année 2008” and the celebration of 40 years of partnership with the James Bond movies, the end of the year will be an iconic one for Bollinger!

The refined and remarkable champagnes of the maison Bollinger have been brightening days, parties and celebrations since 1829! And when the exceptional harvest of 2008 is finally bottled, we can only imagine the impact of such a vintage. The 2008 harvest gave birth to a wine with infinite depth – a wine that with time has achieved the characteristic acidity of Bollinger. Bottled, this gives “La Grande Année 2008”. It took ten years to unravel the nobility of this unique vintage.

Aromas of citrus fruits, fleshed fruit, berries, spices, floral and mineral notes, longevity on the palate, structure and density make up the key gustative notes of these great Pinots Noirs d’Aÿ and Verzenay. The backbone of the Bollinger champagne. “The elaboration of each La Grande Année bottle requires patience and precision and is only possible thanks to the work of the men and women of the maison whose artisanal methods have been passed on from generation to generation” affirms cellar master Gilles Descôtes. 

Complex and harmonious, this exceptional champagne is the very image of a hero that makes it an icon – a certain James Bond. “It is with great pride that we celebrate the 40 years of partnership between Bollinger and James Bong, a homage to the friendship born in 1971 between my father, Christian Bizot, and the producer of James Bond, Cubby Broccoli” says Etienne Bizot, CEO of Bollinger. 

It is true that since the first appearance of the champagne in the film ‘Moonraker’ in 1979 that Bollinger has only continued to symbolise the chic audacity of Bond’s character. So, what better than to carve out two limited editions to celebrate the 40 year partnership? The first, a nod to the space themed universe of ‘Moonraker”, revisiting the spaceship created by the legendary set designer Ken Adam. In doing so, Bollinger invited designer Eric Berthès to create an object made of tin and plated with noble wood. It encloses thus a Saint Louis crystal bucket as well as a magnum of Bollinger 2007, the Bond Vintage par excellence! The pieces, worked and adjusted by hand, make each 407 numbered pieces a unique œuvre!

The second limited edition Champagne Bollinger and 07 anticipate the highly awaited release of the 25th opus of the ‘No Time To Die” series. The idea? To create a 2011 vintage dedicated to the universe of Bond. The bottle, entirely in black, carries the number 25 formed by the titles of the previous films. It is the first time that Bollinger created a vintage entirely from the 2011 harvest – a historical one coming exclusively from the Pinot Noir Grand crus from village d’Aÿ. Better yet, these champagnes as admirable as they are inspired are already available! Something with which to celebrate Christmas and the new year in a very Bond fashion, James Bond fashion!

Ruinart Champagnes and the Blancs de Blancs Icon Dress Up For Christmas

At the approach of the holiday season, Ruinart expressed it’s interest in art once again around two exceptional collaborations – the talent of Vik Muniz and that of Ron Arad accompany the most legendary of champagnes!

It is in 1729, at the highest of the Lumieres revolution that the Sillery vineyard, south-east of Reims, became that of the Ruinart maison. In 2018 it is the very same vineyard that the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz spent long hours finding inspiration. “My relationship to images is not quite related to the history of art but more to memory” describes the artist. Yes, for already in the 18th century the chefs de caves of the Ruinart house sourced in the materials, colours and spirit of time the original composition of their vintage. The Blanc de Blancs keeps these memories alive today. 

If Viz Muniz is the eighth artists to collaborate with Ruinart in the creation of an exceptional bottle, the history of Ruinart with artists goes back to 1896. Before Jaume Plans or Erwin Olaf, it is a certain Alphonse Mucha who was the first invited for a collaboration. Andre Ruinart, head of the maison, saw the artist’s posters bloom on the Morris columns. Imagined and even invented for Sarah Bernhardt, these posters where the first with her to begin the art of advertisements. Much conceives then an advertisement full of voluptuousness showing the cocottes of the Belle Epoque. Art Nouveau was throned in this way as Ruinart set in stone the most complete illustration of it’s savour faire. And what of it today? Ruinart and art glisten and sparkle, especially in the bubbles of the Blanc de Blancs!

The end of year celebrations have brought Ruinart to create two exceptional pieces – one of these is an exclusive bottle imagined by Via Muniz. The second consists of three tin champagne buckets by Ron Arad. As a homage to the art of assembly so unique to Champagne, the famous designer and architect imagined these buckets around a single joining link of leather. Forming in this way a large basin, the three nestle in a trunk made of oak coming from sustainably managed forests. Made in the purest of French traditions! Inside, the magnums Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2014, Dome Ruinart Rosé 1998 and Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1993. 

As for Vik Muniz, he reiterates his first inspiration stemming from the vine cuttings. This time expresses himself on a limited edition box set of which there are only 30 – this time hiding a Blanc de Blancs Jeroboam. Created using parts of darkened wood and charcoal, the figure extends its lines on the four faces of this imposing wooden box set. Going further in his concern for memory, Vik Muniz sought out to give this exceptional object a second life – becoming in itself a unique piece of furniture. Ruinart thus offers two artworks that are just as inspired as they are original and ready to be discovered!

(Re)Discovering Glenmorangie’s The Original

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Its powerful aroma is known by lovers of single malt whiskies. Glenmorangie’s The Original envelops the nose in a vanilla aroma before softening it with the scent of citrus and ripe peaches. This bouquet opens up even further when you add a touch of water – floral notes of geranium  uncover apricot, bergamot, mandarin, eucalyptus, and ginger. On the palate, vanilla embodies the whisky’s fruity, floral, and complex character. Crunchy notes of almond, coconut, and sweet spices sign off on its elegance. Then comes the finale: the whisky’s complete aroma distilled with touches of orange and peach.

The centennial creation of this whisky in the highest stills of Scotland is what guarantees the beverage’s distinction. That’s why the Glenmorangie distillery decided to celebrate its iconic whisky for the holidays. Glenmorangie The Original is being offered in an elegant and essential box set: a box set with bursts of orange that contains a bottle of The Original 70cl and two tumblers. It’s the ideal gift to (re)discover this whisky with a remarkably round, sweet, and completely fascinating character.