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Guide: 5 Champagne Bruts to Master

The typical season of champagne popping is behind us, although the end of winter is also worth celebrating. Our friends at Men’s Folio Singapore wanted to get better acquainted with the bubbly stuff over the festive season so they got the blindfolds out and brought on the flutes for an evening of well-mannered blind champagne tasting frivolity. We commented as we nosed and wrote, as we tasted to bring you the layperson’s guide to champagne.

G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut

What it is: Founded by three brothers Jacobus, Gottlieb, and Phillip Mumm in 1827, the House has grown to become one of the largest producers in the Champagne region. As the official sponsor of F1 racing since 2000, G.H. Mumm provides champagne bottles for podium celebrations and has since marketed itself as the champagne “created to celebrate”. With a blend of Pinot Noir (45 per cent), Chardonnay (30 per cent) and Pinot Meunier (25 per cent), the style of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut is said to be well rounded, with a subtle balance of freshness and intensity.

What we thought about it: The bouquet opens up with light floral and white fruit notes before developing into subtle vanilla and caramel hints on the palate. All in all, it is a champagne that delivers everything you’d expect a champagne to: smooth, refreshing, with the right amount of bubbles. Having said that, it doesn’t possess any qualities that make it stand out. Comments from the panel include, “smooth”, “goes down easy” and “pleasantly average”.

Veuve Clicquot Brut

What it is: In 1772, House founder, Philippe Clicquot placed an advertisement in the Gazette de France announcing that he was “founding a wine merchant business in Champagne, under the label Clicquot” and that he was offering to go to all four corners of the kingdom to take the fine taste of champagne wines to foreigners. A short lineage of just 10 cellar masters has led this quest for quality to ensure the continuity of Veuve Clicquot’s style: strength and complexity. This strength comes through in the House’s heavy use of Pinot Noir (50 to 55 per cent) for its Brut Yellow Label, giving it aggressive and forceful notes.

What we thought about it: The champagne bursts with apple aromas, which lingers long after you’ve taken the first sip. The general consensus was that there was a distinct separation of flavours such as vanilla and apple hints as well as a creamy mouthfeel. Comments from the panel include, “good but not amazing”, “wide range of elaborate flavours” and “pleasant but with a relatively short finish”.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

What it is: Moët & Chandon is one of Champagne’s oldest Grandes Marques. Established in 1743 by Claude Moët, the House of Moët has extensive vineyard holdings throughout Champagne today, producing over 30 million bottles annually. Created from more than 100 different wines, this champagne is a balanced blend of 30 to 40 per cent Pinot Noir, 30 to 40 per cent Pinot Meunier and 20 to 30 per cent Chardonnay, making it very approachable with bright fruitiness and elegant maturity.

What we thought about it: The Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial boasts of strong citrus notes, but dies off almost as quickly as it bursts on to the palate. The mouthfeel had quite a bit more bite than expected, something that is probably due to, what one panellist suggested, “excessive bubbles that felt more fizzy than it should”. Due to its intense sweetness, it was agreed across the board that this would feel rather “jelak” (a term to describe being satiated by something that’s too rich) after the third glass.

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

What it is: Produced in the Épernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier-Jouët consistently produces excellent champagnes with a style that it likes to boast – floral, stylish, and diamond-cut. Making use of its predominantly Chardonnay blend, harvested from the best plots on the Côte des Blanc, the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut reveals itself in subtle floral and fruity fragrances that pair well with flavours of Bresse poultry, and the sweetness of vanilla notes.

What we thought about it: The general opinion of this champagne was that it was refined and balanced with fruity aromas of “peach” and “plum”. It came across as subtle wine and wasn’t, at all, bubbly, which “doesn’t give it much of a mouthfeel”. All in all, the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is a refined champagne that, as one panellist described quite aptly, “is like a refined, high-end tai tai who is so mysterious and complex, you can’t help but feel drawn to”.

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut

What it is: Piper-Heidsieck Maison was founded by Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1785 in Reims. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition “to make a cuvée worthy of a queen”. Over the years, Piper-Heidsieck champagne developed its identity and a reputation of being classic, structured, full-bodied, and bursting with fruity notes, as characterised by its Cuvée Brut that is composed of a majority of Pinots Noirs, incorporating more than 100 crus from around the Champagne region and Pinots Meuniers from the Grande et Petite Montagne de Reims region. The Maison has long had an association with film after first appearing in 1934’s Sons of the Desert and with Marilyn Monroe famously proclaiming to “wake up with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck”.

What we thought about it: A bold champagne with vibrant acidity and bold white fruit flavours of pear and apple. However, it is a champagne that is much drier than refreshing, something that caught the entire panel off guard given its rich golden colour and fine bubbles, which prompted one to say that, “looks can be rather deceiving”.

 

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Oscars Champagne by Piper-Heidsieck

Everyone is waiting in anticipation for the 88th Academy Awards. Will this be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally clinches the Oscar he so rightly deserves? Who will top the best-dressed list? Will there be a string of no-shows in support of diversity in Hollywood?

We may not have the answers to them till later this month but one thing we know for sure though: Piper-Heidsieck will be producing a very special edition of its Cuvee Brut to be served at the award ceremony. Only 1,000 magnums of the “Red Carpet Edition” will flow during the Oscars on February 28, to calm the nerves of Hollywood and toast in their success.This comes on the heels of Wolfgang Puck’s Oscar after-party menu revelation earlier this month.

“We are thrilled to celebrate a momentous occasion with a momentous bottle, one that reflects the Academy and the House’s shared value of excellence,” says Benoit Collard, Global Executive Director Piper-Heidsieck. “These magnums are as grand and bold as the films and performances we are celebrating this year.”

Roger Federer Moet and Chandon

Top 10 most popular brands of champagne for 2013

Roger Federer Moet and Chandon

After looking at the total number of volumes sold last year, a new list shows that the world’s favorite brand of bubbly for 2013 was .

According to a ranking compiled by The Drinks Business, the world tipped back 2,415,900 9-liter cases of Moet and Chandon champagne.

In laymen’s terms, a 9-liter case generally contains a dozen 750ml bottles.

The champagne house scored a coup when it enlisted tennis champion Roger Federer to become the brand ambassador for 2013.

SEE ALSO: ROGER FEDERER JOINS MOET & CHANDON

Here are the Top 10 champagne brands for 2013 by volume sales:

1. Moet & Chandon
2. Veuve Clicquot
3. Nicolas Feuillatte
4. G.H. Mumm
5. Laurent-Perrier
6. Taittinger
7. Piper-Heidsieck
8. Pommery
9. Lanson
10. Canard-Duchene

Piper Heidsieck Baccarat

Champagne Gift Box by Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat

Piper Heidsieck Baccarat

Luxury champagne house Piper-Heidsieck has teamed up with French crystal-maker Baccarat to create a $650 holiday gift featuring two bottles of bubbly and a pair of custom-made flutes.

Set in a red-varnished wood case, the limited edition holiday gift set includes a bottle of 1996 and 2006 Vintage Brut, along with two Chateau Baccarat flutes, designed by oenologist Bruno Quenioux.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve 2000

Champagne tasters name the best

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve 2000

Hosted by trade publication The Drinks Business, experts sipped on 100 samples of bubbly at luxury hotel The Dorchester in London for the Champagne Masters Competition 2013.

Champagne house Charles Heidsieck emerged the big winner this year, earning the ultimate Master title for its Brut Reserve, Brut Millesime 2000, and Blanc des Millenaires Millesime 1995.

Sister house Piper-Heidsieck also gained a Master title for its Rare Millesime 2000.

The Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and aged for three years in Gallo-Roman chalk cellars.

According to the champagne house, on the nose the bubbly evokes everything from freshly baked brioche and roasted coffee beans to mangos and apricots, while on the palate it may harken a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries.

Or, as Wine Spectator says: “Like a Persian carpet this lovely, elegant Champagne seamlessly weaves together its elements, with fine-grained texture and vibrant acidity joining rich flavors of toast, patisserie fruit and candied lemon zest that show subtle spice notes of cardamom and ginger.”

For the full results of the Champagne Masters, visit http://bit.ly/18TPkG5.

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Tips for buying Champagne

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Produced by some 5,000 vintners and renowned houses such as Perrier-Jouët or Piper-Heidsieck, Champagne is one of the culinary symbols of France.

Here are buying tips from Champagne expert Thibaut Le Mailloux, spokesperson for Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) in France.
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Black Cancan Millésime 2000

Piper Heidsieck – Black Cancan Millesime 2000

Black Cancan Millésime 2000

Jean Paul Gaultier has collaborated with Champagne brand Piper-Heidsieck on two new bottles – Black Cancan Millésime 2000 and the Piper-Heidsieck French Cancan.

The Cabaret-inspired French Cancan bottle is dressed in black latex, fishnets and ruby masquerade mask at the neck.

The Black Cancan Millésime 2000’s adornments include a Swarovski Crystallized stocking, a studded collar of diamond-cut crystals, and a JPG seal.
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Piper Heidsieck Bodyguard

Piper Heidsieck’s New Champagne Bodyguard

Piper Heidsieck Bodyguard

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck has wrapped its new limited-edition Bodyguard in a “sexy red crocodile skin” for its launch this month in selected travel retail outlets.

The 75cl bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut can be described as having “springtime citrus aromas with notes of apples and pears”.

Piper-Heidsieck reveals that the the flavour of Bodyguard is reminiscent of the Pinot Noir grape from which it derives its “distinctive flavour”.
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Jean Paul Gaultier Piper-Heidsieck

Jean Paul Gaultier x Piper Heidsieck Champagne

Jean Paul Gaultier Piper-Heidsieck

Piper-Heidsieck collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier to create a new design for its Champagne Cuvée Brut bottle.

Gaultier had already created a bottle in a red corset in 1999. The new one features Latex and fishnets, inspired by the can-can.

The unveiling took place at a VIP dinner on May 13 at the Cannes Film Festival. Celebrities in attendance included Inès de la Fressange and Rossy de Palma.
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Celebrating the New Year with the latest art of champagne

As popping corks announce the New Year, champagne lovers can expect some radical new trends in the art of savouring a tipple that for centuries has been associated with celebration.

The true connoisseur should ditch the traditional long-stemmed flutes and the saucer-shaped coupes and instead start drinking the sparkling white wine from elongated, tulip-shaped glasses, say the experts.

And those seeking to be truly avant-garde should start serving the finest bubbly from carafes.
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Piper Heidsieck x Christian Louboutin

Champagne makers Piper Heidsieck have worked with master shoe maker Christian Louboutin to create a unique box set: “Le Rituel” Box Set.

The set consists of a bottle of champagne and a glass shoe designed by Christian Louboutin.

The project has been named Le Rituel after a French ritual popular in the 1880’s where one would drink champagne from a woman’s shoe.
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Piper-Heidsieck « upside-down »

Viktor & Rolf have never been ones to follow the conventional rules of design. Last year they redefined classical style and reinterpreted the iconic object of champagne on behalf of Piper-Heidsieck bringing an upside down twist to their Rosé Sauvage champagne bottle to create a really striking and sophisticated objet d’art.

The Rosé Sauvage bottle becomes a phial. The inverted flute of champagne becomes a goblet. The base of the bottle, now at the top, which reproduces the proportions of the legendary champagne cork and its wire cage and foil, is enhanced with a pink and black gold ribbon stamped with the Piper logo. The secret? A tightly-fitting sleeve slipped over the preformed plastic shell that encases the bottle, all of which enhanced by classic labels in pure champagne tradition.

And while their imaginations are limitless, the bottle certainly is not. It’s priced at 65 euros ($90) and has been available since November 2007 from an exclusive selection of retail outlets, including Colette in Paris. Piper-Heidsieck « upside-down » has recently been awarded at the Monaco Luxe Pack fair !