Marta served a dish of oven roasted lemon chicken - wow - herbaceous and juicy it was the perfect match for the Taittinger Prestige Rose. This is very popular rose champagne and rightly so. After a mouthful of chicken coated with the flavoursome oils, the strawberry flavour leads the charge of red fruit intermingling for a great tasting sensation. Really delicious. The fresh acidity clears the palate leaving a space for the next desirable forkful of food! Other guests seemed surprised that champagne would be served with a main course but everyone agreed that it is a pairing that should be indulged more often. Very pleasurable indeed!
and finally…. we closed off with a bottle of Taittinger Nocturne NV, blue cheese and chocolate truffles. The Nocturne is aged on its lees for seven years before disgorging and has a very high level of sugar (17g) that dictates its sweet style. Sweet champagne made with so much class does not get enough
appreciation. It is a powerful wine with intense ripe fruits including peaches and pear. The flavour stays in the mouth for a long time and loves squaring up to the cheese. I was hoping to have this with cheesecake but forgot to buy it in!
These last two champagnes displayed two varied styles very well for two very different situations. We closed the night with glowing smiles and much talk of the next tasting… so any tips of champagne … please let me know.
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