What a refreshing way to start my Thursday other than with cellar-master for Perrier- Jouet, Herve Deschamp, as he unveiled the new vintage of Belle Epoque 2011 Brut.
The tasting was held at Maison Kayser, an authentic artisanal French Boulangerie, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan and I arrived to discover the warm faces which welcomed me to the table.
To my surprise the brunch was extremely intimate including Herve Deschamp sitting right across from me offering me two glasses of champagne & rose. The champagne flutes were a conversation in itself being that they’re not available for individual resale and are each custom made by an artist in Japan. My fascination with the wild cherry blossoms perfectly painted on the flutes served as an ice breaker for Herve and I, which then transitioned into a full and much needed champagne learning course!
Sipping on the vintage brut with the Cellar-Master, while talking about the process and years it took him to get to the finish product changed the entire experience. I honestly thought I would sip some tasters and eat a croissant or two and be on my way but how was I wrong! The tasting with Herve and his team allowed me to be myself, while answering all my annoying but important champagne questions about the fruits used, the fermentation process, the decision-making and of course the price point.
The bottle of champagne cost $150.00 and the Rose cost $300 each coming with two of the custom flutes. I saved the Rose tasting for last, that left all eyes on me when I finally took my first sip. As a Rose lover, I never tasted anything like it. Before the tasting, Herve taught me the correct way to hold the flute (directly on the stem to avoid warming the liquids up from body heat) then how to open it up by lightly giving the glass a swirl, capturing the different aromas coming from the champagne. Every fruit we discussed in the rose tasted exactly like what we had imagined. It was unbelievable! Fresh, soothing, fruity yet impeccably light and left me craving for my own bottle to take home.
I had a wonderful time at the wine and champagne tasting, the beautiful French-Style spread served by Maison Kayser, getting to know the history of Perrier- Jouet, and their champagne making process, all with the cellar-master himself was a brunch that may be very hard to top! If you’re feeling the same you can purchase your own bottle and flute set here on reservebar.com!
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