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Hands up who doesn’t love a spot of cel­e­bra­tory French cham­pagne, es­pe­cially a spe­cial edi­tion and (to my mind) even bet­ter when it’s party pink. Moet & Chan­don has re­leased Grand Vintage Rose 2006, de­scribed as a “mod­ern cel­e­bra­tion of vintage rose cham­pagne” and cre­ated from a sin­gle harvest; it’s the house’s 40th re­lease of this style since 1920. Moet & Chan­don was founded in 1743 in Eper­nay and its labyrinthine cel­lars are the largest in the Cham­pagne re­gion, reach­ing for close to 28km be­neath the area’s fa­mously chalky soil. There are sched­uled one-hour tours avail­able, with a flute of fizz to fol­low, for €21 ($30.40) but the cel­lars will be closed from Oc­to­ber for restora­tion work for about a year. Mean­time, the tast­ing notes for the Grand Vintage Rose 2006 sug­gest “ini­tial notes of bis­cuit and spice bread … fol­lowed by stone fruits (cherry and plum) … com­pleted with nu­ances of wild herbs (es­pe­cially rose­mary), saf­fron and dried rose”. Here’s cheers. $124.99. More: moet-hen­nessy-col­lec­tion.com.au.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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