Champagne Day 2022 recommendations

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To celebrate Champagne Day today, a few French wine importers have shared their recommendations of our favourite bubbly, which we share below. You’re sure to discover some champagnes you’ve not heard of or tried before.

Champagne Day 2022

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CHAMPAGNE DAY 2022 RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Clos Cachet

Ashleigh Huggins recommends Champagne Dehours – Terre de Meunier Extra Brut NV for Champagne Day.

 

Champagne Day 2022Why?

Most Champagne drinkers enjoy a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, or maybe a blend but the Dehours Champagnes are eagerly sought after by champagne enthusiasts for their renowned ‘Meunier style’; bold, flavourful and demonstrating a clear terroir-orientated approach. This is the third grape varietal of the region that expresses sparkling wine in a whole new way. The cuvée “Terre de Meunier” is a blend of selected vineyards of Pinot Meunier from different villages such as Mareuil-le-port, Troissy and Oeuilly with Jérome Dehours advocating for richer champagne styles by starting a perpetual reserve of wine in 1998 to best capture the terroir identity of his Domaine without vintage influences.

 

How does Champagne differ from other sparkling wines?

Champagne is one of the original sparkling wines of the world, taking the traditional French approach of terroir before varietal. Many other sparkling wines focus upon the grape type and the process in which the bubbles are formed but the Champagne growers work to cultivate their grapes just like any other region of France and bring nuances from each plot as they blend them together. Furthermore, these growers are under much stricter instruction than other countries, with control measures put in place to ensure no bottle tarnishes the Champagne name. While other sparkling winemakers can experiment with different varietals and dosage levels, Champagne must adhere to one of the three accepted grapes and keep their dosage to a measured level, checked upon by the Comité Champagne.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

Nice as an aperitif but pairs beautifully with a summery day alongside oysters, charcuterie platters, and sushi.

 

Pierre Stock Wine Selections

Pierre Stock recommends the 2012 Champagne Hure Freres Terre Natale Brut Ludes for Champagne Day 2022.

 

Why?

I love this producer, 10 hectares grower champagne, working with organic practises. You can really taste terroir of the Montagne de Reims, clean, subtle and so precise

 

How does champagne differ from other sparkling wines?

Chalk and cheese

 

What would you pair with this champagne?

As an apéritif or with white meat, or grilled fish.

 

Single Vineyard Sellers

Kimberly from Single Vineyard Sellers has recommended 9 different champagnes for Champagne Day 2022 so there’s something for every budget and every taste!

 

Champagne Day 2022 Jacquart Brut Mosaique

Why?

Upright, graceful & refined, the Mosaïque label offers an elegant rendition of Jacquart’s signature style, encapsulating their uncompromising selections. The nose is fresh and delicate, with notes of white fruits, pear and peach, fresh apricot and white flowers with roses. Dried fruit aromas reveal it is starting to mature. On the palate, this Champagne is lush, generous and creamy. Beautiful exuberance driven by white fruits and lemon zest notes on the finish.

 

How does Champagne differ from other sparkling wines?

Champagne wine hails from the winemaking region of Champagne France, which is located just outside of Paris. It must be made using only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meuiner grapes. Champagne is also produced using the traditional method and ages on lees, developing a more complex nutty or toasty flavour as opposed to the fresh and fruity flavour some other sparkling wines produce.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne is an excellent aperitif or accompaniment to fine hors-d’oeuvres, tempura, or chicken.

 

Champagne Day 20222014 Champagne Jacquart Blanc de Blancs

Why?

Solar and mineral, the 2014 Champagne Jacquart Blanc de Blancs vintage champagne, iconic of the House, is finely cut by the best Crus of Chardonnay and radiates the personality of a year. On the nose it is fresh and delicate, refined flowers with refreshing menthol notes. The palate is focused and clean then becomes more powerful, offering up a fusion of tension and minerality. Pure aromatics with clear lemon zest. Substantial length supported by a fine, dense chalky structure.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne is excellent with Thai cuisine, seafood, and sashimi.

 

Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Extra Brut

Why?

Upright, refined & mineral, this cuvée differentiates itself from the Mosaïque Brut with its minimalist dosage that highlights the mineral aspect of the champagne. The nose is very pure with iodine and mineral aromas along with lightly toasted and floral notes, dried fruits and citrus. The palate is beautiful creamy attack yet stays fresh. Chalky and mineral feel. Balanced with lemon zest, white fruits and some dried fruits sensations.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

The Jacquart Mosaique Extra Brut pair excellent with tuna sashimi, sweet breads, and oysters.

 

Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Rosé

Why?

Fruity, fresh & refined, the Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Rosé is the fruitiest and the most gourmet cuvée in the Mosaïque collection. It combines both the punch of the Chardonnay and the strength of black grapes. The nose is fresh with lovely delicate fruity notes recalling yellow peach, raspberry and redcurrant along with floral notes reminiscent of elderflower. With a palate that is lively and fruity with a juicy, fleshy edge of fresh fruits and raspberry. Great length with minerality and lovely crisp characters on the finish.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne pairs well with sushi, crayfish, and lamb.

 

2010 Champagne Jacquart Cuvee Alpha Brut

Why?

Elegant, mineral & structured, thanks to its finesse and its depth, the prestigious Cuvée Alpha Blanc is a bold rendition of Champagne Jacquart’s flagship label. The nose has toast and roasted coffee notes followed by dried fruit aromas and displays the elegance of a perfectly mature Champagne. The palate is fresh with a sensation of candied citrus fruits. Reveals notes of roasted coffee. Long finish with aromas of honey and candied fruits.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne pairs well with fresh truffle salad, spider crab, and capon.

 

Champagne Day 20222010 Champagne Jacquart Cuvee Alpha Rosé

Why?

Elegant and refined, rarely produced, the prestigious Cuvée Alpha Rosé expresses a deep tenderness and a touch of extravagance. The nose is very fruity, recalling beautifully ripe fresh grapes, blackcurrant and elderberries before exuding perfumes of sweet spice suffused with cinnamon, liquorice and star anise aromas. On the palate it is fruity core of blood orange and lemon curd, crunchy and fleshy. After airing, candied fruits, marzipan, nuts and rose petals. The finish delivers a slightly sweet feel.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

The 2010 Champagne Jacquart Cuvee Alpha Rosé pairs excellent with seafood, tartares, and raw fish.

 

Champagne Day 2022Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Brut ‘5 Years Signature’

Why?

Voluptuous, graceful & refined, offering a promise of fulfilment, the Signature label is only disgorged after 5 years’ ageing during which the wine matures and bubbles gain refinement. The nose unfurls nicely with cooked fruit aromas of pear and apple, biroche notes, hazelnut and dried flowers. Complex nose offering up fully mature aromas. The palate is fresh, rich and very lush and fleshy with aromas reminiscent of the nose. Long, lively finish driven by citrus fruits and minerality.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne pairs well with truffles, teppanyaki, and John Dory in a salt crust

 

2014 Champagne Jacquart Mono Cru Cepage Chouilly

Why?

Champagne Jacquart has given its superb collection of vintages time to mature over several seasons and become a showcase for its expertise and wealth of vineyard sites. Each of the labels turns the spotlight on one of the grapes that forms the company’s varietal mosaic.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne pairs well with oysters, shellfish, and chicken.

 

Champagne Day 2022Champagne Montaudon Brut

Why?

The Cuvée Brut is fleshy and fruity, perfect for sharing with family and friends. Champagne Montaudon Brut is pleasant on the nose with notes of green apples, toast and lime, giving way to notes of cherries and strawberries. A luscious sensation of white fruit develops on the palate, with a spicy finish and a fresh aromatic aftertaste.

 

What would you pair this Champagne with?

This Champagne pairs well with sauteed cockles with coriander, scallops, and chicken.

 

The French Store

Sue from The French Store recommends the whole of the Christian Patis range. It a small producer located in the heart of Champagne between Reims and Epernay, nestled on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims amongst a cluster of wine-growing localities: Sermiers, Courtaumontle Petit FleuryMontaneufla Bastille and Courtagnon.

The French Store currently offers the following Christian Patis champagnes:

  • 750 ml format:
    • GRANDE RÉSERVE BRUT – 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier – has a fruity and aromatic nose with hints of apricot, caramel and a final touch of brioche. Perfect to drink before a meal.
    • ROSÉ BRUT – 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 17% Pinot Meunier, 8% Rouge Champenois – has an expressive and fragrant nose with hints of currant, cherry and grapefruit. Ideal as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to dinner, particularly grilled meat.
    • BLANC DE BLANCS – 100 % Chardonnay – has a fine, elegant nose with notes of white flower and lemon. Perfect to drink as an aperitif and alongside an entree particularly white fish and seafood.
    • CUVÉE PRESTIGE BRUT – 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier – This blend is made mainly from the first juices, and embodies the excellence of the house through its finesse, precision, and harmony. The elegant fine bubbles balance the complexity.
  • 700ml
    • RATAFIA DE CHAMPAGNE – Ratafia is a liqueur made from must(freshly crushed juice that contains the skins, seeds and stems of the fruit usually from the later press runs), marc (solid matter of the must after being pressed) and champagne. It is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif. Perfect accompaniment to foie gras, melon, blue cheese, and chocolate desserts (18 degrees alcohol).
  • Larger format for big celebrations:
    • MAGNUMS (1.5 litres) – 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
    • JEROBOAM BRUT SELECTION (3 litres) – 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
  • Smaller format to quench a small thirst or when few are drinking:
    • HALF-BOTTLES BRUT TRADITION (375 ml) – 15% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 60% Pinot Meunier – A blend of first and second press, this is a young, fresh champagne. Ideal for cocktails and ceremonies. It will be appreciated for its roundness coming mostly from the Pinot Meunier.

Prices inclusive of GST are:

  • Grande Réserve (750ml) $312 per carton of 6 bottles or $55 per bottle
  • Rosé Brut (750ml) $324 per carton of 6 bottles or $58 per bottle
  • Blanc de Blancs (750ml) $330 per carton of 6 bottles or $60 per bottle
  • Cuvée Prestige Brut (750ml) $330 per carton of 6 or $60 per bottle
  • Magnums (1.5L) $540 per carton of 6 or $95 per bottle
  • Jeroboams (3L) $250 each
  • Brut Tradition (half-bottles) (375ml) $370 per carton of 12 bottles
  • Ratafia de Champagne $270 per carton of 6 bottles or $48 per bottle

As for collection or delivery, let us know what suits you best. Delivery is free-of-charge within the Adelaide metropolitan area. For delivery outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area, delivery is priced based on the order and we always seek the most competitive price.

If you’re interested in purchasing, or have questions about, any of these champagnes from The French Store, email them on [email protected]

 

Want more Champagne Day recommendations?

Read our article from last year which features other recommendations from other French wine importers and champagne specialists.

 

Interested in reading more about champagne? There’s an Australian magazine dedicated to it. Read our interview with VINE & BUBBLE founder, Sara Underdown here.

 

Get social!

Tag #ChampagneDay in all of your champagne social media posts and tag @matildamarseillaise so we can see which champagnes you’re drinking.

 

Happy Champagne Day 2022!

 

 

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So Frenchy So Chic 2023 announces the line-up

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So Frenchy So Chic 2023 celebrates a 12th year of indulgent summer escapism. Bringing the best of French culture to Melbourne’s Werribee Mansion and Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, this is a French garden party full of fun and frivolity.

So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Billed as the poshest picnic in the Southern Hemisphere but while there is French class, So Frenchy So Chic is a festival for all lovers of French culture. It’s also family-friendly and children’s tickets are available.

 

Music at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

As always, the music line-up for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 is guaranteed to have you kicking off your shoes and dancing on the grass.

 

Pi Ja Ma

 

Known for “gentle exuberance” and a paradox in which she is both a “lone wolf and addicted to love,” Pi Ja Ma’s sound is that of French pop with a distinct 60s influence — echoing SFSC’s 2022 project Yè-Yè 2.0, which saw top Australian female artists reinterpreting songs from that era. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Rover

Rover, real name Timothée Regnier, is a powerhouse of vocal creativity. His self-titled 2012 debut album won the Revelation award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) and reached Gold Disc status with over 50,000 records sold.  Listen to him here.

 

Kalika

Fresh from performing at France’s summer festival circuit, Kalika’s voice has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove” and her music fearlessly confronts patriarchal standards. A night owl, she composes in the little studio she has set up in her Paris apartment. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Suzane

Suzane’s fast, fiery, and profound music earned her a well-deserved award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) for Best Live Performance in 2020. She’s enjoyed multiple appearances in some of Paris’s biggest venues, thanks to a spectacular stage presence informed by her background in dance. Listen to her here.

 

DJ Set 

In both cities, So Frenchy So Chic festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.

 

French food, wine and champagne at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Of course, it’s not just about the music. After all, you can’t have a French festival without French food and wine. As always, So Frenchy So Chic 2023 has catered for all of your French food desires.

 

So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will be a wholly catered and licensed event, with feasts prepared by premiere French eateries in Sydney and Melbourne. Melbournians will enjoy offerings by Frederic Bistro, Prahran’s favourite French restaurant, L’Hôtel Gitan, and famous fromagerie Milk The Cow. The latter two will be the providers of the cheese and charcuterie hampers for Melbourne (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

Sydneysiders can expect haute cuisine in a relaxed setting by Bellevue Cottage, headed up by Antoine Moscovitz, who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne. In addition, Rosebery French eatery, Frenchies, will be offering charcuterie hampers (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

 

Food stalls will create an ambiance de marché will a wide selection of French food options including oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur, cassoulet, Basque paella, sweetcorn madeleines with blue swimmer crab and espelette, mussels, and pissaladière through to the ever-popular crêpes and crème brulée. As always charcuterie and cheese hampers will be available in both locations.

 

Champagne Lanson has been announced as the champagne partner for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 and will be poured alongside a curated selection of French wines and cocktails.

 

Premier pique-nique

Groups of 10 can treat themselves to an upgrade to the ultimate VIP experience with their own beautifully styled table with the best seats at the festival. These tickets include entry to the event, two bottles of Lanson champagne, two charcuterie hampers and two cheese hampers. These tickets cost $213.36 per person and can only be purchased as a group of 10.

 

Free Sun Umbrella

The first 500 tickets sold to So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will also receive a complementary SFSC sun umbrella/parasol which is perfect for adding some French flair to your outfit and shading yourself from the January Summer sun.

SFSC 2023 Charity Partner

When purchasing your ticket, you will also have the option to make a donation to So Frenchy So Chic 2023’s chosen charity: FareShare. It’s a charity that rescues food that would have otherwise gone to waste and turns it into nutritious meals for people in need.

 

KEY INFO FOR SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2023

WHAT: So Frenchy So Chic, a French festival celebrating French music, food, wine and joie de vivre

WHERE & WHEN:

  • Werribee Park, Melbourne, Sunday 15 January 11:15am to 8:30pm
  • Bicentennial Park, Sydney, Saturday 21 January 1pm to 11pm

HOW: Purchase your tickets and pre-purchase your cheese and charcuterie hampers via the links below:

HOW MUCH: Early bird tickets are now on sale (and the first 500 adult tickets sold include a free SFSC sun umbrella) and are priced as follows:

  • Adult $85
  • Child 2-12 $14.07 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Teen 13-17 $54.95 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Students 18 and over $70.28

SFSC MELBOURNE TRANSPORT

You can purchase a return bus ticket for transport from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Werribee Park and back for $42.87. It leaves Southern Cross Station at 10:30am and departs So Frenchy So Chic 2023 between 8:30pm and 9pm.

 

What are you waiting for?!

Buy your ticket now at the early bird price and countdown ’til January for the ultimate French day out!

 

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