Cavendish Square’s 110 de Taillevent will be launching monthly pouring Champagnes by the glass to add to their innovative wine-pairing offering. Starting in September, guests will be able to enjoy a different top quality Champagne each month from some of France’s best known houses, at just £10 per glass.
This is good news for anyone who has ever wanted to sample different champagnes but has been wary of buying a bottle of something new in case they didn’t find they liked it.
We went along to a blind tasting of all the champagnes that will be on offer and the differences between them were noticeable and interesting with each person present finding a different favourite. Mine was CuvÃƒÂ©e 738, Jacquesson which will be on the ‘menu’ next year.
And talking of menus we couldn’t leave without eating and the food was very impressive, once again London proving to be the place to find great French food these days because France itself seems to be lowering the bar outside of Paris and Lyon, unless you have money to burn on a Michelin meal.
This new offering will be launched with Billecart-Salmon’s Brut RÃƒÂ©serve. Founded in 1818, Billecart Salmon is one of the few houses to remain family owned and earned an international reputation in the 1990’s when it’s Cuvee Nicolas-Francoise Billecart 1959 won first place in the Champagne of the Millennium competition. The Brut RÃƒÂ©serve is an elegant and slightly silky Champagne with a precise, floral finish and a mature nose.
November – Brut Premier, Roederer: The location of the three Roederer Vineyards in Montagne de Reims, Marne Valley and CÃƒÂ´tes de Blancs, the three classic Champagne districts, provides a rich palette for the Brut Premier, a complex yet fresh Champagne with a beautiful vinosity.
December Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Special CuvÃƒÂ©e, Bollinger: a complex nose of ripe fruit and spices alongside a subtle, velvety texture gives this pinot-dominated Champagne complexity and structure.
January Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Brut, Laurent-Perrier: From one of the world’s most famous Champagne houses, Laurent Perrier’s Brutis made with 50% Chardonnay, Champagne’s rarest grape variety, before being aged for a minimum of three years and rested for several months, giving the wine a balance and freshness unique to the Laurent-Perrier’House style’.
February – CuvÃƒÂ©e 738, Jacquesson: Considered one of the greatest Champagne brands of the late twentieth century, Jacquesson produces a fixed volume of around 270,000 bottles per year. The fine bubbles and integrated acidity of the CuvÃƒÂ©e Brut No. 738 produces a velvety champagne with a long, refreshing finish.
Les 110 de Taillevent certaily changed the London restaurant and wine scene when it opened late last year, pairing its extensive list of 110 rare and singular wines by the glass with its 30 seasonal French dishes across four price brackets Ã¢â‚¬â€œ less than £8, less than £14, less than £20 and over £20.
This vast selection of wines and champagne by the glass has been carefully curated by Pierre BÃƒÂ©rot, Director of Wine for Taillevent Paris.