So the weekend of love is approaching. Have you all consolidated your plans? I do hope so.
Ana has already told you about the best lingerie in town, and last week I gave you some fabulous,and most importantly very easy to make Valentine’s Day cocktail suggestions. But in my opinion it isn’t a proper Valentine date without good food and some fizzy stuff – preferably pink.
Some of you may think Valentine’s Day is a bit overrated, but even so it is still a good excuse to brighten a mid-February weekend by sharing some of the great champagnes with your loved one – even if you “don’t celebrate” V- Day.
Most of us who are going out, have already chosen and booked the restaurant, have the outfit ready and lingerie prepared, and potential gift bought. So far so good, particularly if you are spending your Valentine’s evening with someone you have known for some time. However occasionally one needs a bit of help to relax the mood, a little luxurious helper, perhaps, to overcome shyness and create an “atmosphere of romance”. And that is the time when a glass or two of good champagne might help. There is something in the good bubbles that makes people happy and relaxed, lifts the party mood and bring smiles to people’s faces.
So here are my proposals for this Valentine’s – these are the bottles I got in the January sales and promised to talk about them.
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines Rosé
Launched onto the UK market in 2010 to mark the 80th anniversary of the brand. The colour is intriguing: a lightly golden, almost amber hue to the delicate salmon pink, reminiscent of a winter sunset. It offers a generous nose of red berries, especially wild strawberries with touch of cassis, redcurrants and marzipan. Lovely little bubbles make a fine mousse that gives a soft creamy mouth feel to the savoury and powerful palate, with an attractive note of white pepper on top of the lively fruit aromas.
In 1930 the owner of Parisian restaurant “La Samaritaine de Luxe” challenged Victor Besserat to make champagne that could be served with its food: “If you can create the perfect Champagne for food I will buy a thousand bottles…” and Victor created the Besserat de Bellefon Cuvees des Moines and won the business. Besserat de Bellefon is the perfect all-round champagne, great as an apéritif, goes well with white meats or duck but also works well with red fruit based desserts.
Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV Champagne
A creation of one of the fine old names of champagne houses still in family ownership, this is a blend of several Champagne wines from numerous harvests blended to perfection. It’s beautifully deep pink in colour, with a fine mousse, and the nose full of summer berries. Subtle red fruit flavours of creamy raspberry and cherry fruit on the classically refined palate and long lasting finish. Very elegant and sophisticated bubbles.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne
Comes from the maker of Cristal, once the favoured Champagne house of the Russian Tsars and exclusive supplier to the Imperial court. A deliciously rich Champagne, full bodied, even opulent, but rounded and well-balanced with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. Great mousse of fine bubbles and a long, complex and rewarding finish give an extra luxurious feel. One my favoured brands.