Champagne can be likened to religion – the more you believe, the more you get out of it. It’s part drink, part imagination: the better your imagination; the better it works.
Champagne is quite austere and not really a fun, fun drink, if you know what I mean. But I love the delicacy, the purity, the refreshing tingle, the experience – and how it marks and celebrates a moment.
These are my favourite Champagnes picks: Piper-Heidsieck and Nicolas Feuillatte for their refreshing and delicate feeling. Lovely aperitif. Pol Roger for elegance and charm. Mumm ‘Carte Classique’ for the suggestion of sweetness and romance. And when I pretend I’m Donald Trump, I pour the rich and exotic Louis Roederer. I prefer to drink Champagne without food. But! It is wonderful with slivers of parmesan cheese, caviar, smoked salmon, oysters and chocolate. Salty things bring out its best side.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, France 537605 $49.95
Mumm ‘Carte Classique’, Champagne, France 308064 $53.95
Pol Roger Brut Champagne, France 51953 $59.60
Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, France 268771 VE (Vintages Essentials) $67.95