Spitbucket Sessions Vol. 6: Champagne

29 11 2010


Champagne, in northern France has the most fascinating history of any wine region in the world. Just about every European conflict has rumbled through the region, with marauders always inspired equally by gaining territory and raiding cellars.

The story of the ‘world’s favourite wine’ is full of larger-than-life characters such as Dom Perignon, who tried hard to keep bubbles out of wine for much of his life, the Sun King Louis XIV, who liked a glass or two and Napoleon, who introduced the world to his favourite drink, while trying to conquer them at the same time.

Claude Moet, Champagne Charlie (Charles-Camille Heidsieck), Veuve Cliquot, Madam Lily Bollinger, Winston Churchill, James Bond and many more famous names have played their glorious parts in the history of this great region and wine. Perhaps then it is no surprise that it is such a flamboyant, cash-rich and compelling wine category. New world producers have long copied the name – Champagne – for their sparkling wines as it is such a well recognised and aspirational wine style. This is no longer allowed, however, after the European Union gained agreement to restrict the use of the word Champagne to only those wines from the (expanding!) Champagne appelation.

And so to the final Spitbucket of the year…and we will be keeping to the geographical confines of Champagne as well. A stunning line-up of posh fizz for your delection that will include:

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV
Lanson NV
Jacquesson Cuvee 734 Brut NV
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV – just confirmed
Mumm Vintage 2002
Dosnon & Lepage Blanc de Noirs NV
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV
Ayala Brut Rose Majeur NV
Dosnon & Lepage Brut Rose NV

One more wine still to be confirmed…

As usual, #spitbucket is free to attend and will take place at the Coast Rooftop Bar. It is on Wednesday 1st December. All you have to do is tweet @coastrestaurant and ask to book a space before they’re all gone. More details here.

Sorry all – this tasting is now full.




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