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Pink Champagne and Valentine’s Day go together like Posh ‘n’ Becks or Burton ‘n’ Taylor, and this year is no exception with an array of glitzy releases from the nation’s favourite romantic drink style.
Moët et Chandon
Moët et Chandon has linked up with Selfridges this Valentine’s Day to offer a customised design and message written in Swarovski crystal for every customer who purchases a bottle of Moët Brut Impérial Rosé on 7-8 February. If you want to push the boat out further, there’s a limited-edition Moët Tie for Two pack (£110) with two glasses and a bottle of pink but there are only 50 of these available (from 22 January). While you are there, you can also try the latest craze for pairing truffle popcorn with pink Champagne in the Selfridges Corner Restaurant, where it is matched with Moët Rosé.
Laurent-Perrier is rightly proud of the ‘basket of red fruit’ aromas its pink fizz offers, and the fact it ages the wine for four years before release. Its seasonal gift pack has two stylish bespoke flutes for your dinner à deux (£82.50, Fortnum & Mason or Harvey Nichols). A cheaper alternative is the L-P Rosé gift pack with a complimentary box of L-P Champagne chocolates by William Curley (£59.99, Selfridges). If you want something a tad more serious, 2004 Cuvée Alexandra Rosé is a vintage pink with greater depth and vinosity that comes in a dark wooden case (£235, Champagnedirect.co.uk).
Billecart-Salmon is a renowned producer of high-quality rosé Champagne, its classy, delicately fruity Brut style complemented by the more luxurious, creamy textured Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon (the current vintage is 2002). Billecart has a deal running in various specialist wine shops until 15 February, where if you buy a bottle of its Brut Rosé, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru or 2004 Vintage, you get to take home a complimentary half-bottle of Brut Rosé (stockists include: Berry Bros & Rudd, Harrods Uncorked, Corks Out and Champagnedirect.co.uk).
In 2005, Veuve Clicquot Rosé was originally launched exclusively in the Japanese market, and proved so popular that it was quickly introduced elsewhere. The Japanese inspiration for the wine is retained in the specially designed gift boxes for this Valentine’s Day with decorative motifs drawn from the landscape art of Japanese Shakkei, featuring springtime flowers, bamboo and hanaguruma (plus Champagne grapes).
Gosset Grand Rosé, a delicately pale, creamy textured, red-fruited pink from the oldest wine house in Champagne, is available in the original traditionally shaped bottles in halves, 75cl and magnum format, so there’s a size to suit every wallet (£37.50; £60; £155, Fortnum & Mason). Gosset’s prestige 2007 Celebris Rosé is a luxury pink with a pure berry-fruit character, extra zip and a hint of spice (£141.40, Hedonism Wines).
If you’re looking for something to keep your pink fizz cool, Perrier-Jouët’s Blason Rosé Bloom Edition comes in a presentation box that keeps your wine at the optimum drinking temperature for up to two hours - if it lasts that long (£72, Harvey Nichols).
Jacquart is one of the few houses in Champagne that boasts a female chief winemaker in the shape of Floriane Eznack, who took over in January 2011, and she has put in great work sharpening the quality across the range. You can see the extra freshness and poise in the rejuvenated Brut Mosaïque Rosé style available in a gift pack from Great Western Wines and on a special deal in the run-up to Valentine’s Day for £30 (normally £35).
Philipponnat is one of the oldest producers in Champagne – it has been involved in wine in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ since 1522 – and this house has been transformed since Charles Philipponnat took over the reins a few years back. Half-bottles of rosé, especially when they contain beguilingly moreish fizz like this coral-coloured pink from Philipponnat (£26, Harvey Nichols) make an elegant gift for the man or woman in your life.
Henriot has always had a good name for its elegant, understated wines. Its rosé, available in a special gift box with two stylish flutes, is sourced from top villages in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs (£54.99, Selfridges). Henriot is also the Champagne of the month at Fortnum & Mason in February, so you can save 15% on all the range including its Brut Rosé, which is now £46.75, down from £55.