If you’ve ever had a good glass of champagne, you know you can’t put a price on the experience. Yet fancy companies sell bottles of champagne for hundreds of dollars. Some can’t even be enjoyed unless you buy a full bottle. And let’s face it, most of us would just skip the hassle and get something less pricey.
Perrine’s new series at The Pierre Hotel in Midtown is setting out to change your mind. Their Sabering Series kicked off two weeks ago, and last week we got in on the tasting of Ace of Spades Champagne Armand de Brignac Brut. This almost $300 bottle of wine comes in a heavy gold-colored bottle with a bold imprinted spade in the middle. We honestly wanted to bring it home, it was so nice to look at.
Before the tasting occurred, we were offered light canapés including miniature hot dogs, smoked salmon bites and crab cakes.
One of the representatives from Ace of Spades told us a little about the wine. The company only focuses on 3 vintages, an ’08, an ’09 and ’12. Their oldest vintage is about 60%- the highest amount of alcohol of their collection. Probably the most surprising fact shared was that the company was owned by Jay-Z, who bought it after they were developed for a while.
The Director of Restaurants, Jay Poblador, sabered the first bottle, explaining that it can be done with an actual sabering knife- like his- or even a less sharp chef’s knife or an iPhone (though we wouldn’t recommend trying that at home). It was quite a sight to see the clean cut as the cork soared across the room.
Then we finally got a taste of the much lauded and highly priced pop.
Yes its a mouthful to say the name, but it flows best when you taste it. The champagne was not too yeasty- a trait they work to achieve, as other champagnes are very yeast-heavy. It was fresh and fruity and didn’t overpower you with bubbles as some other champagnes also do.
For the next two Thursdays at 6:30pm, Perrine will be sampling more great champagnes during their Sabering Series featuring cuvée by the glass, light canapés and tastings from the sabered bottles. Its a rare opportunity to sample glasses of select champagnes that are traditionally sold exclusively by the bottle at high prices. Catch the rest of the series if you fancy a taste for yourself. You can get your tickets here!
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