It’s not very en vogue to boast about indulging in wine of the bubbly variety, especially when most of its Champagne. But given the circumstances I think you’ll forgive me. And besides it doesn’t count as frivolous if someone else buys it for you, does it?? You see there’s been some big news chez Miss Bouquet ….. last week Mr B and I got engaged!! Now then, before you log off and vow never to return to my site again please be assured that I’m not the kind of girl that will let the wedding take over every conversation. And to prove it I’ll get straight to the point. The sparkling list so far reads:
Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee NV (x 2!)
Champagne Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV*
Champagne Mumm Brut NV
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Brut NV
Champagne Piper-Heidseick Brut NV
and…. Anna de Codornui Cava Brut NV
Its like a who’s-who from the Champagne Information Bureau’s annual trade tasting, with a Cava thrown in to keep a girl level-headed.
I’m pleased to report they were all very good in their own way. ‘Most improved’ went to Piper-Heidseick which I noticed burnt less on the back of the throat than when I last tried it…. and ‘most revealing’ went to Champagne Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV which I realised on opening that I had yet to ever taste. Yes, I was surprised too. It’s such a familiar brand with its iconic white flowers and champagne shrine on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols, London. But when did you last see someone drinking a bottle? It seems to me to be a Champagne that’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time which is why I was unconvinced to read in The Drinks Business Brands Report 2010 that Perrier-Jouët is the 10th best selling Champagne by volume in the UK. Perhaps I’ve under estimated the popularity and success of the Harvey Nichols bar, a situation I have decided to rectify by visiting tout de suite to see for myself. I will report back!
And from one big decision to another. When I get married… will that make me Mrs Bouquet….??!!
* Champagne Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV is available at Oddbins, £34.99