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New Year's Eve 2021: a champagne party

Dec 7, 2021 • 4 mins

The year-end festivities are synonymous with large meals with family or friends, hearty dishes and the cracking open of some gorgeous bottles of champagne! Oh yes, we do love our champagne, it’s fresh, it’s festive and it’s thirst-quenching. We always reach for it to celebrate life's very special moments. But do we know how best to serve it with our festive dishes?

Grappers and Pierre Guigui (aka our very favourite wine taster) have got together to recommend some perfect food and champagne pairings that will impress your family and friends!  

For the appetiser…

Champagne Marguet Shaman 17 

One of the most gifted of this new generation of organic/biodynamic producers offers us a champagne with a zero dosage and a very low sulphur content. This is a prodigious champagne (to say the least!) with a Pinot Noir (69%) that brings us lovely notes of red fruit and roses, and a Chardonnay offering us aromas of pears and almonds. The palate shows an invigorating and vibrant tension, yet remains lovely and soft with flavours of lush ripe fruit.

Price: around 40€

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For the aperitif…

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru L’intemporelle 2012  

The more you drink the Mailly Grand Cru champagnes, the more you appreciate their lovely light and carefree character. Yet they are never lacking in substance or even a certain punch. This champagne, with its invigorating freshness on entry, its broad and luscious mid-palate, and its saline finish, is a perfect example of what we are talking about. Yes, this magnificent champagne has it all!

Price: around 65€

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With oysters or caviar...

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 

If Billecart didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it... invent a style of wine that is always feisty and frisky, free of constraints. Many have tried but none have achieved this breeding, this firmness, this mother-of-pearl-like finesse and this typical touch of salinity. Splendid (as usual)!

Price: around 65€

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With monkfish in saffron and sweet spices...

Champagne Bollinger Brut Rosé 

There is only one Bollinger! Craftsmanship and expertise are the calling cards of each of their champagnes. This rosé is like a comforting kiss or shoulder to lean on. Few champagnes have this satisfying chewiness. It truly is a big, rich and spicy wine with that lovely touch of bitterness creating endless length on the palate. Clementine, citrus peel, almonds, old rose, exotic woods, sweet spices...

Price: around 65€

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With a capon...

Champagne Waris-Larmandier Grand Cru Particules Crayeuses Blanc de Blancs

Chalk, chalk, and more chalk from this Grand Cru terroir lend this wine a remarkable saline dimension. Very high art but with a luscious and elegant character.

Price: around 40€

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With a red fruit-based dessert...

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Premier Cru Rosé de Blancs 

This Champagne House brings us another champagne with a magnificent colour forcing us to reach for our colour charts again! This pink is somewhere between bisque and oyster, almost like a Maiden's Blush pink (yes, the colour exists, it's the name of a rose). Speaking of roses, the nose is a veritable bouquet of them, it’s an exquisite perfume somewhere between old rose and talc. The palate is also remarkable revealing a smooth mother-of-pearl texture.

Price: around 35,5€