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Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur

Bubbly’s take…

A little more demure, the Ayala house have been making Champagne for over 160 years (- you can read more here). With such experience in viticulture, we sampled the Brut Majeur with gusto. When we come to think of Champagne, we tend to think of it as a quintessentially dry wine. And this Champagne certainly fulfilled our expectations. It has a reassuringly dry, crisp and rich flavour. This is also quite a direct and uncomplicated wine with a refreshing little punch. That being said, the Brut Majeur is a varietal, being produced from a few different grapes, hence we feel it is certainly not a bland Champagne.

Would go well with…

We had this with a delicious Thai takeaway. At first, it seemed an unlikely pairing however we found the Brut Majeur complemented many of the refined flavours (of lemongrass, nut and tamarind) that are manifest in Thai cuisine.

Where to buy…

The Drink Shop

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Palmer & Co. Brut Resérve Champagne

Bubbly’s take…

This one is a real “no-nonsense” wine. Made in Reims, we think this Champagne would suit anyone who prefers a clear and more pointed brut, without layered or complicated flavours. This is quite a potent wine hence it would make quite a firecracker for the right occasion! We enjoyed this as part of our New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Would go well with…

We enjoyed the Palmer & Co. with nibbles but we would’ve loved to have had this with dinner. As above, this is a fairly robust Champagne so we think it could pair well with richer meals.

Where to buy…

Vivino

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Bollinger Special Cuvée

Bubbly’s take…

Rest assured, there are innumerable reasons why Bollinger can be described as one of the finer Champagne houses, many of which have already been eloquently recounted. With that said, we decided to try out one of Bolly’s premium Champagnes, the Special Cuvée, to see what the hype is all about.

We were extremely pleased with this brut. The Special Cuvée was one of our Christmas Champagnes (… very much needed after 2020) and it didn’t disappoint. This is a bold Champagne with a ‘straight-to-point’ signature flavour. It comes out of the bottle in a beautiful shade with a playful mousse. Bolly’s Special Cuvée is reassuringly dry, deliciously tart and carries an aromatic fragrance.

Would go well with…

Given our festive tasting, we’d have to say Christmas dinner. However, we loved pairing the Special Cuvée with some particularly flavoursome blue cheese. Otherwise this Champagne is a fitting heavyweight for all manner of special occasions.

Where to buy…

The Drink Shop

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Thought for Food

CoViD 19 strikes again! In the UK, an emerging second wave of the virus has already prompted some reintroduction and renovation of lockdown measures. With a 10pm curfew curbing opportunities for bars and restaurants in the short-term, it’s great to see many establishments grappling with increasingly challenging trading conditions. The Telegraph have put together a handy “how-to guide” to help us best plan our social lives around the new requirements.

Within London, there are a growing number of restaurants adjusting to their new “new normal”. Eater have tracked some innovative adjustments, adopted by local restaurants, to the new requirements; including discounts for earlier bookings, “at-home” dining offerings and new delivery services. Many restaurants have also doubled-up to offer a takeaway service for their patrons. Within the UK, the revised CoViD 19 measures are anticipated to remain effective until March 2021 (perhaps with some devolved government adjustment). That said, adaptable as ever, we’re confident the hospitality industry will continue to help us all make the most of good food and fine wine in readiness for the festive period and beyond!