Get Your Champagne on Sydney! #MIM2011

A headless @frenchwineman serving me Champagne Bereche at Felix

When you talk about alcohol for a living, you rarely get to drink. It’s quite usual that you spit at events so that your audience doesn’t have to. Feeling like you’ve been let loose in a candy shop to taste as you please (and swallow!) is a rare thing indeed.

However the annual champagne tasting that March Into Merivale puts on every year (guided by sommelier extraordinaire Franck Moreau) is just one such occasion. So grab some friends or colleagues and head down to Ivy complex tonight for a champagne experience to remember.

Yes people that’s 21 different champagne producers on pouring behind the tasting tables (well their Australian ambassadors anyway) and trayfuls of delicious canapes by Ivy Uccello served up poolside… tonight its heaven on a plate for the people a la Justin Hemmes style.

I always enjoy these champagne social gatherings with friends old and new. There is nothing quite like those bubbles for efficient enjoyable social lubrication. Here’s my Top 10 picks from the champagne tasting list tonight, just to whet your appetite. Given that many small grower champagnes are often a little expensive to experiment with in retail, I’ve included them all, along with 5 classic favourites worth keeping your palate clean for tonight.

This wine list is in a logical tasting order – that I will be following tonight (crowds permitting). Champagne tasting notes and details of all the champagnes shown tonight will be posted on this blog after the event – so please come back next week.

a headless Nick Hildebrandt with his house champagne Diebolt Vallois

Boutique Growers

NV Diebolt-Vallois – Cramant

NV Bereche Pere et Fils – Ludes

NV Larmandier-Bernier ‘Bru Tradition’ – Vertus

NV Gattinois – Ay

NV Jacquesson ‘cuvée Nº734’

Classic House Styles

NV Gosset ‘Grande Reserve’

NV Ruinart Rosé

NV Laurent Perrier rosé

04 Louis Roederer

02 Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage’

Happy tasting folks, there are another 11 fabulous champagnes to try if this list isn’t long enough for your palate – feel free to share your personal comments on the champagnes you experience tonight with me in person, or when you float home afterwards right here on this blog…looking forward to sharing the sensory journey together – Yahoo!

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  1. Well thought out order Jayne and expert guidance on the night! H

    • Champagne Jayne says:

      Thanks Helen
      it was wonderful to share a champagne sensory journey with you as our first meeting. Hope your 4hr presentation went well and you were inspired by the bubbles. Look forward to hearing all about your chocolate lunch very soon. Cheers CJ

      • Ruth Lyons says:

        Hey Jayne,

        Thank you soooo much for a wonderful evening. What you don’t know about Champagne is not worth knowing at all. Fantastic selection and a fantastic hoast!

        See yuo soon


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