Celebrating with Champagne
Toast the holidays with France’s favourite champagnes
As the holiday season settles in talk turns to one of the most festive of libations, champagne, a decidedly French affair, for champagne is made from grapes grown on a group of select hillsides and slopes, the vast majority of which are concentrated in the French department of the Marne, in and around the cities of Reims and Epernay. For it was here in eastern France that three centuries of labour by men and women turned a cold, humid landscape of relatively poor soil of almost pure chalk, responsible for champagne’s distinctive taste, into a world- famous beverage synonymous with celebration. The great champagne houses continue to innovate while the French capital is peppered with fabulous spots to enjoy champagne or champagnebased cocktails.
G.H. Mumm & Cie was founded in 1827 but it is skyrocketing into the 21st century with its pioneering spirit with its latest objective being space. After three years of research, development and experimentation, the house has created Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, the first champagne destined to be savoured in space. Working with a team of experts, engineers, researchers, designers, astronauts and oenologists, the result is champagne that comes out of the bottle in a frothy foam that was tasted and tested in a weightlessness fly over of the vineyards around Reims. But for mere earthlings, the house’s singular and always refreshingly consistent Cordon Rouge remains a classic, a savant blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes then aged for three years. Another enticing choice would be the Cordon Rouge Brut Millésime (vintage) 2012 with a high percentage of Pinot Noir grapes
Champagne with a view at the Bar Windo in the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile Hotel