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a craft brew pub in east London, it's fair to
say we're dealing with a hipster. The female
of the species will be found hunting out rare
vinyl or a cool 60s chair for her Hackney at.
The obvious choice is vintage Champagne.
Made only in the best years, it's aged in bottle
to develop more complex and interesting
character - just like your friends in fact.
OUR PICK: Billecart-Salmon Vintage 2006
A golden zz with apple and pear aromas,
plus citrus and biscuity notes, leading to a
rich palate of white peach and quince.
£135 (carafe gift set), champagnedirect.co.uk
BEST FOR: ART LOVERS
Appreciating the ner things in life, your
arty friends and family will need a complex
Champagne to swirl and sni as they admire
their latest acquisition from Frieze London or
contemplate the relative merits of Monet and
Manet. Give them a work of art in a bottle, a
cuvée made with a high percentage of Pinot
Noir (or a blanc de noirs, which is produced
entirely from black grapes), giving it more
depth than a light Chardonnay-based zz.
OUR PICK: Drappier Carte d'Or Brut NV
Richly aromatic on the nose, the palate is a
complex mix of red fruits, spice and quince
jelly, with a long, lingering nish: delicious!
£29.95, Hedonism Wines
BEST FOR: SPORT
& FITNESS FANS
"I'm just o for a run/game/match…" If
someone says this more than once a month
or can always be found at their nearest spin
class, we can assume they take health and
tness pretty seriously. We're sure they'll be
able to squeeze some birthday bubbles
into their regimen though. Ultra-brut is
the lowest-sugar style of Champagne,
or look out for special bottles released
to celebrate key sporting events.
OUR PICK: Lanson Rosé NV
Wimbledon Limited Edition
As the o cial Champagne of
Wimbledon, Lanson has
produced this special
packaging for both its brut
NV and its rosé. It's a winning
choice for sports-mad friends.
BEST FOR: FASHIONISTAS
If you're choosing a Champagne for someone
who's always perfectly dressed and showing
o the latest must-have accessory or It-bag,
then it's all about labels. Thankfully, big-name
Champagne houses have enough glamour to
please even the most picky of designer divas.
We'd also recommend going for a half- or
quarter-bottle: we don't want to get tipsy
and take a tumble in those Manolos, do we?
OUR PICK: Nicolas Feuillatte 1/4
Brut Réserve NV Rosé NV
These bijou bottles with a silky black wrist
strap complement any look.
The Brut Réserve is vibrant and
bursting with avour, while the Rosé
tastes fresh and fruity.
£10 (Brut Réserve)
£12 (Rosé), John Lewis