The Morning Show Diamond Jubilee Champagne Guide
Champagnes Fit For A Diamond Queen
Since the first King of France was baptised with champagne in Reims Cathedral on Christmas Day 496, champagne has been intimately connected to monarchy. By the time of King Louis XIV’s coronation in 1638 champagne was the only wine served at the royal celebrations and the Sun King even thought to send some across the channel for his English cousin Charles II’s coronation in 1661. Needless to say Brits have been enjoying champagne ever since, consuming a whopping 34.5 million bottles in 2011 which makes them Champagne’s 2nd largest customer in the world…
As a favourite supplier to Queen Victoria, the only other monarch apart from Elizabeth II to reach her Diamond Jubilee, Champagne Lanson (founded 1760) was the first house to be awarded a Royal Warrant in 1860.
For Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 Champagne Lanson supplied half bottles of champagne for picnic-goers at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concerts, and for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Lanson is the official champagne partner of the “Big Lunch” community initiative organised by the Eden Project .
Moet’s links with monarchy go even further back to the eighteenth century to Madame de Pompadour, the favourite mistress of Louis XV and good friend of Jean Remy Moet, who was the first “queen” to spruik champagne at Royal Court. Thanks to an amusing wartime annecdote Moet & Chandon (founded 1743) also became a favourite with Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, so its no surprise that Moet & Chandon has been chosen to supply bottles of limited edition Diamond Jubilee Cuvee Brut Imperial for the 10,000 guests at the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace picnic and concert on Monday 4 June 2012.
In addition to “Big Jubilee Lunch” gathering around the nation, Sunday 3 June will also witness a magnificent Diamond Jubilee floating pageant of 1,000 vessels gliding down the River Thames from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge (reminiscent of Elizabeth I’s royal progress). At the heart of this spectacular flotilla will be the Royal Barge The Spirit of Chartwell carrying Queen Elizabeth II and her closest family.
However in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, all the guests onboard will be toasting with English sparkling wine, not the Queen’s usual celebration tipple Champagne Pol Roger – often referred to as “The most British of champagnes” which was introduced to her by her first Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill when she acceded to the throne in 1952.
Of course once the official celebrations are over, we can easily imagine that behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family might also indulge in a few bottles of the latest release prestige cuvee champagne called Armand de Brignac (which we tasted live on The Morning Show in Australia at the start of the Diamond Jubilee Weekend).
Champagne Lanson Black Label ($41.99)
Lanson Gold 2002 ($57.95)
Champagne Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial ($59.99)
Moet & Chandon 2002 ($94.99)
Pol Roger White Foil ($76.99)
Champagne Armand de Brignac Gold ($550)
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