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CHAMPAGNE SPECIAL

De Castelnau

What's it all about? In 2003, Champagne

de Castelnau was acquired by the

Coopérative Régionale des Vins de

Champagne (CRVC) in Reims. The

house now controls some 900

hectares of vineyards, more than

half in the top premiers and grands

crus areas of Champagne.

Try this De Castelnau's Brut

Réserve NV is a wine of richness

and depth. Currently based on the

2006 harvest, it oozes personality.

£29.99, Nicolas, Spirited Wines

Time to spare Look out for the

developed, complex, gold

medal-winning de Castelnau

Vintage 2002. The luxurious, velvety

textured Blanc de Blancs 2002 won a gold at this year's Sommelier Wine Awards,

so keep an eye out for it on restaurant lists. champagne-de-castelnau.eu

Where can you drink it? Bedford ¦ Strand, The Regency Hotel, The Ritz.

WHY WE LOVE DE CASTELNAU… It's one of the few large producers with a woman, Elisabeth Sarcelet,

heading up the winemaking team and whose wines have extra character thanks to longer cellaring before release.

Dom Pérignon

What's it all about? Winemaker Richard

Geo§ roy believes that Dom Pérignon matures

in cycles. To taste the Real McCoy try the

newly released 'P2', launched only after

at least 12 years' lees maturation.

Try this Dom Pérignon has just re-released

1998 in its so-called 'second plenitude',

aromatically enhanced by an extra nine

years' lees (yeast) ageing, compared with

the original launch in 2005, and with

noticeably more richness and palate

intensity. £260, Hedonism Wines

Time to spare Try the 2004 - the current

vintage - by the glass paired with Cinco

Jotas Ibérico ham at various top London

venues. domperignon.com

Where can you drink it? Connaught Bar,

Fera at Claridge's, Polo Bar at the Westbury,

The Savoy, Simpsons in Birmingham.

WHY WE LOVE DOM PÉRIGNON… 'Press for DP'

at The Savoy is the ultimate in luxury room service. You can

order a bottle of suitably chilled Dom Pérignon 2004 from the

suite's butler at the mere touch of a dedicated DP button!

Deutz

What's it all about?

This traditional house,

for many years a

bastion of understated

charm, has been put

back in the top rank of

producers thanks to

nearly two decades of

investment from the

Rouzaud family, which

owns Louis Roederer.

Try this If the Deutz Brut

Classic were a template

for a non-vintage Champagne then it would be a very ‡ ne one for other

houses to follow. With a deliciously fresh taste, it also has enough age

on release to have developed genuine depth of texture and “ avour.

£36-£39.99, Berry Bros � Rudd, Spirited Wines

Time to spare Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008 is a stunning new release

of this lovely cuvée from a superb vintage. Also seek out the

Cuvée William Deutz 2000, which is a more structured, Pinot

Noir-led style. champagne-deutz.com

Where can you drink it? Bulgari, China Tang,

Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, Tirage.

WHY WE LOVE DEUTZ… Renowned for subtlety and � nesse rather than

blockbuster wines. Queen Victoria celebrated her 80th birthday with Deutz.

De Castelnau

In 2003, Champagne

de Castelnau was acquired by the

Coopérative Régionale des Vins de

Champagne (CRVC) in Reims. The

house now controls some 900

hectares of vineyards, more than

half in the top premiers and grands

crus areas of Champagne.

De Castelnau's Brut

Réserve NV is a wine of richness

and depth. Currently based on the

2006 harvest, it oozes personality.

£29.99, Nicolas, Spirited Wines

Look out for the

developed, complex, gold

medal-winning de Castelnau

Vintage 2002. The luxurious, velvety

for a non-vintage Champagne then it would be a very ‡ ne one for other

houses to follow. With a deliciously fresh taste, it also has enough age

on release to have developed genuine depth of texture and “ avour.

Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008 is a stunning new release

Bulgari

Rivoli Bar at

The Ritz

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