We’ve been hinting of late of great things to come, namely the Champagne we have ordered from the prestigious Côtes des Blancs subregion. While we are not yet ready to reveal details of the Champagne itself, we thought it might help whet the interest of the Champagne lovers amongst you if we revealed the international Wine Expert we referred to in a previous post ‘Champagne is en route – and picking up resounding endorsements!’ To recap: we’re very chuffed to have discovered that an international Wine Expert selected one of ‘our’ Champagnes right up there amongst her Top 10 favourite Champagnes in a list published in an overseas magazine. Janna Rijmpa is a Dutch viticulturist, wine writer (for Decanter and Mundus Vini), wine consultant, international wine judge and self-professed Champagne Lover. Janna’s list of Top 10 favourite Champagnes includes many a prestigious Champagne and features Vintage Pol Roger Winston Churchill (which retails in Oz at $250-300 a bottle), Vintage Pol Roger Rosé Brut (approx $150 a bottle locally), NV Ruinart Rosé (over $100) and NV Billecart Rose (also at over $100 here). ‘Our’ Champagne is amongst excellent company and as we promised earlier: “this svelte beauty will lambada underneath the three figure mark”. My Ten Favourite Champagnes – list compiled by Janna Rijmpa (published in JAN magazine 1 November 2014) 1. Champagne MONTAUDON Brut of Rose 2. Champagne BERNARD REMY Grand Cru Brut 3. Champagne DEUTZ Brut 4. Champagne VIEILLE FRANCE 5. Champagne HENRIOT Blanc de Blancs 6. Champagne LAURENT-PERRIER Rose 7. Champagne POL ROGER Rose Brut 2002 8. Champagne RUINART Brut Rose NV 9. Champagne BILLECART SALMON Rose NV 10. Champagne Pol Roger - WINSTON CHURCHILL 1998In her article Janna talks of her fondness for Champagne and ponders whether it’s the pure and natural beauty of Champagne with its delicate and intriguing flavour that never bore her. We too are devotees and readily admit to Champagne beguiling us with its sparkling charm of flavours delivered ever so elegantly. Janna also mentions Champagne’s high concentration of phenolic compounds and their benefit to spatial memory. If you ever needed an excuse to justify drinking Champagne, just google phenolic compounds in Champagne. Next instalment in our Champagne story is the great reveal... the unveiling of ‘our’ Champagne. Ah, the great excitement and joy of it all as we countdown to the arrival of ‘our’ Champagne!