Festive fizz is top of mind with the big day looming on 25 December and a busy lead up between now and then. So we have devised a great in store tasting programme for you to pop in and enjoy the fruits of the labour of those who age their high end bubbles in the bottle for years to gain the complexity that makes champagne such a great drink.
Our next bubbles tasting is one of our staff favourites - for good reason. Read on to find out why André Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne has earnt its flash sounding moniker.
It was an easy choice as our wine of the week because it comes from the highly esteemed village of Bouzy in Champagne, France.
The wine is named Grand Reserve because it was aged four times longer than most non vintage champagnes. It spent six years on yeast lees after its second fermentation in bottle and as the lees decompose, they release mano proteins and nutrients that add yeasty, toasty flavours to the wine, so six years aging is like dialing up the taste to high volume.
Like the wine, the town more than lives up to its name. It's situated 20 kilometres south east of Reims, one of the most famous cities in the Champagne region. And as it's planted with 89% Pinot Noir and 11% Chardonnay, Bouzy’s vineyards are rated Grand Cru – the highest quality classification in the Champagne region.
Our tasting... Thirsty Thursday 12 December 1pm to 6pm
It's definitely a case of first come, first served on Thursday 12 December because we will keep serving the deliciously decadent André Clouet Grand Reserve Champagne until it runs out. It's a shame bottles like these tend to go fast but we look forward to sharing it with you from 1pm on Thirsty Thursday 12 December.
And it's on special too - as if it's usual RRP is not already an outstanding bargain.
Prepare to be wowed.