All photos by Trish Beesley
|The battle is on!|
Moet et Chandon 2002 Dom Perignon $229.95
Maison Vendome NV Champagne LC Prestance Grand Cru
Blanc de Blancs $350.00
Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal $286.95
I've never done a blind tasting of Champagne before so this was going to be fun. When they were all poured, I took a sniff of each one for an initial overview. When you're dealing with these types of wines, they're all good. I'd be happy to have any one of these in my glass at any given time. This tasting was to discover the subtle differences between each of these Champagnes. When you start getting up in this price category of Champagne, it really is those subtle differences that make them stand apart.
|JC of Natural Vines|
|Myself, JC and John Szabo|
|L.C. Prestance Champagne|
|Love the packaging!|
|Also available in black!|
"Maison Vendome, House of Luxury and Creation, has created L.C. Prestance, the first Haute Couture Champagnes." www.maisonvendome.com
Maison Vendome is the official Champagne of the Cannes Film Festival. I think this was as close as I was going to get to brush elbows with the beautiful people of Cannes. The packaging of this Champagne is unlike anything I've seen before. There's a beautiful thick soft cover encasing the bottle that's a piece of art in itself. The first 1000 bottles of each collection have a glittering bow-tie attached with more than 150 diamond-cut crystals that can be worn.
Prestance (n.f): French word meaning "Presence".
Person or object looking elegant, noble and imposing.
If Maison Vendome ever wants me to spin at
the Cannes Film Festival, I'm available. :)
|Sure I'll take another!|
|John Szabo at work|
To read John Szabo's article on this event, you'll find it on the Wine Align website. It's a great read that also includes detailed tasting notes on each wine sampled. Maison Vendome's L.C. Prestance was the winner of the day. John Szabo scored it 96. Wow! Fantastic.
|The champagne gang!|
Myself, JC and Angela
All photographs used in this post are by Trish Beesley of Trish Beeley Photography www.tbphotographystudio.com
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www.twitter.com/maisonvendome I thought this article was fitting to end 2011...with some fizz! Wishing you all a wonderful New Year's celebration and looking forward to wonderful wines in 2012. Remember, celebrate well but celebrate responsibly.