Champagne
 
 
 

Party champagne:
choosing it, pairing it and tasting it.

 
 

End-of-year parties are undoubtedly special moments of pleasure and sharing that we like to enjoy with quality food and wine. Festive by nature, champagne is also a delicate wine, to try with refined cuisine which will successfully bring forth the aromas. Fish, foie gras and fruity desserts: the experts of the leading champagne houses reveal their winning combinations.

 
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The right champagne for each occasion

To properly choose your champagne, first take some time to taste it. For F. Panaiotis, Cellar Master at Maison Ruinart, Christmas parties are ideal for tasting a prestigious cuvée or a vintage champagne: “A sit-down meal encourages you to be more attentive to what you are tasting. Choose wines that stand out for their strong personality. They will have spent more time in the cellar, their aromas will be developed and will reveal fine secondary and tertiary notes on tasting.”
On New Year’s Eve, chilled and affordable champagnes are the best bet for ending the year on a beautiful note. “Whether with family or with friends, we’re always looking for good times together in addition to the usual excitement.”So select more aerated, frank vintages, such as the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs with notes of citrus, blending a supple and harmonious attack on the palate and a mineral and highly refreshing finish.
An iconic champagne from the Maison Veuve Clicquot, the Brut Carte Jaune will also seduce the most demanding of palates, with its fruity and vanilla notes.
Generally reserved for special occasions, champagne magnums or jeroboams will bring people together even more because of its unique format!

 
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De l’entrée au dessert : nos idées d’accords mets-vins

From starter to dessert: our wine-food pairing ideas As Antoine Paillard stresses, heading the Pierre Paillard champagne house “champagne has the advantage of being able to be served as a dinner aperitif”.
Unlike still wines, it requires the most refined cuisine to fully express itself. Therefore, fish and seafood are therefore some pairings to prioritise when composing your menu.
As a starter, our sommelier suggests you a first pairing with smoked salmon to try with a Vintage Dom Pérignon 2008 champagne a longstanding vintage since it has been made by four hands as it passed between the Maison’s cellar masters. “Its notes of white flowers and stone fruits will enhance fish, without taking precedence over its flavours.”
The continue with white fish served with a fennel and candied lemon risotto, to pair with the final vintage of the prestigious line of Dom Ruinart. Brought to maturity for 11 years, the Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007 unveils a fine aromatic complexity, worthy of the greatest Bourgogne chardonnays.

 
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Taking pride of place on our party tables, foies gras goes well with stronger champagnes, such as the vintage Les Parcelles XIII from the Pierre Paillard Estate.
“It is a lively champagne, more tense, with a nice acidity that counterbalances the richness of the foie gras. The flavours are thus well balanced, for a pairing of supreme excellence.”
At the end of the meal, we will more easily opt for a rosé, with its fruity and elegant notes. Please be careful of overly sweet pairings, since they may overburden our taste buds. The rosé champagne goes well with subtle desserts, citrus fruits or red fruits, for example, to fully reveal gourmet notes.

 
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A few tasting notes

Once your champagne is selected and paired, you now need to serve it in the best conditions. Forget about flutes and long, thin glasses! A great champagne is enjoyed in a large wine glass which will give it the space required to develop its aromas.
If a champagne is served fresh, the optimal tasting temperatures may vary from brut (between 8 and 10 degrees) to the vintage (between 10 and 12 degrees). We would also take it out the refrigerator about 15 minutes before tasting, in order to avoid the cold masking the aromas.

 
 
 
 

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Champagne Pierre Paillard
Discover Champagne Pierre Paillard, Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru - XIII at La Grande Épicerie de Paris
€31.50
75 cl (42,00 € / L)
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Ruinart
Intensely aromatic, this Blanc de Blancs champagne, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, exemplifies the trademark Ruinart flavour, with a delicate yet distinctly fruity nose and dominant notes of citrus (lemon and citron), exotic fruits (passion fruit and pineapple) and white flowers.
€69.30
75 cl (92,40 € / L)
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Veuve Clicquot
Yellow Label Brut has been Veuve Clicquot’s most iconic champagne since 1772. It exemplifies the Veuve-Clicquot style—a perfect balance between power and finesse.
€38.40
75 cl (51,20 € / L)
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Laurent Perrier
A product of Laurent-Perrier’s boldness and savoir-faire, this rosé champagne created in 1968 has big red berry aromas and an exceptionally intense and fresh palate.
€64.90
75 cl (86,53 € / L)
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Ruinart
A fresh and well-balanced champagne with notes of nuts (hazelnut and almond) and white flowers accompanied by buttered brioche aromas.
€41.90
75 cl (55,87 € / L)
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Ruinart
Blended exclusively from Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes, this rosé Champagne is elegantly sensual and expresses the full flavour of Ruinart. The nose is subtle with aromas of freshly picked cherries and a range of berries, interspersed with notes of flowers and spice. On the palate, this Champagne is...
Blended exclusively from Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes, this rosé Champagne is elegantly sensual and expresses the full flavour of Ruinart. The nose is subtle with aromas of freshly picked cherries and a range of berries,...
€158.80
1.50 L (105,87 € / L)
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Krug
Krug Grande Cuvée—Krug’s signature champagne—resolves the apparent contradictions between "fullness and finesse" and "maturity and freshness". This fine champagne is a blend of over 120 wines from ten or more different vintages and three grape varieties. The subtle bubbles reflect the champagne’s...
Krug Grande Cuvée—Krug’s signature champagne—resolves the apparent contradictions between "fullness and finesse" and "maturity and freshness". This fine champagne is a blend of over 120 wines from ten or more different vintages...
€93.20
37 cl (248,53 € / L)
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Louis Roederer
Brut Premier is assertive and seductive from the very outset. The texture is full bodied and voluptuous, but we also find fruity and refreshing notes, reflecting the Champagne’s age and a certain vinosity.
€85.30
1.50 L (56,87 € / L)
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Louis Roederer
Silky, sweet and rich.
€60.70
75 cl (80,93 € / L)
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Ruinart
Woven with elegance and an aristocratic, smooth character this is an exceptional vintage, with oriental notes of dried flowers and ripe citrus.
€249.00
75 cl (332,00 € / L)
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Ruinart
A fresh and well-balanced Champagne with notes of nuts (hazelnut and almond) and white flowers accompanied by buttered brioche aromas.
€106.20
1.50 L (70,80 € / L)
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Maison Bérêche & fils
Les 3 cépages à part égale composent cette cuvée, la maison Bérêche recherche les identités fortes de chaque terroir pour permettre un assemblage équilibré. La froide souplesse des Meuniers de la Vallée de la Marne associée à la précision minérale du terroir de Ludes, enrichies du grain de Pinot...
Les 3 cépages à part égale composent cette cuvée, la maison Bérêche recherche les identités fortes de chaque terroir pour permettre un assemblage équilibré. La froide souplesse des Meuniers de la Vallée de la Marne associée à la...
€40.26
75 cl (53,68 € / L)
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Dom Pérignon
The weather in 2006 was generally hot and dry, yet mixed. Although July was scorching, August was abnormally cool and humid. It was the almost summer-like nature of September which made this vintage, drying out a few botrytis foci and offering a maturity that's well above average. The harvest...
The weather in 2006 was generally hot and dry, yet mixed. Although July was scorching, August was abnormally cool and humid. It was the almost summer-like nature of September which made this vintage, drying out a few botrytis...
€179.00
75 cl (238,67 € / L)
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Dom Pérignon
A mixed year, hot on the whole and with a water shortage. Although August was scorching, the rain and coolness of September seemed to temper the initial enthusiasm. A rigorous selection in the vineyard ultimately guarantees a limited volume of an exceptional quality. The harvest began on 14...
A mixed year, hot on the whole and with a water shortage. Although August was scorching, the rain and coolness of September seemed to temper the initial enthusiasm. A rigorous selection in the vineyard ultimately guarantees a...
€312.90
75 cl (417,20 € / L)
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Laurent Perrier
Discover Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne, Luxury Gift Set at La Grande Épicerie de Paris
€129.00
75 cl (172,00 € / L)
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