Vintage Champagne to drink throughout the Easter feasting and a fun liqueur to keep the festivities going: here is our pick of what to drink over the next few days.
Words: Giles Fallowfield and Mark de Wesselow
Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis Blanc de Blancs 2006
This absolute stunner is the latest Blanc de Blancs 2006 vintage release from Billecart-Salmon, renamed Cuvée Louis (after the founder’s brother) as part of the house’s 200th anniversary celebrations. It’s an all-Chardonnay Champagne, blended from four top Côte des Blancs grand cru sites – Cramant, Chouillly, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger – and even after a decade in bottle it’s still quite lean, with a rapier-edged, grapefruit-like acidity and an attractive sherbet lift. With time it’s sure to gather more textural complexity and show its class. A great gift – if you can bear to part with it.
£120, The Whisky Exchange
Kummel is a spirit that sends a fun message, post dinner, that the night is still young. Serve on its own over ice for a digestif that balances sweetness and spice – note the flavours of caraway, aniseed and white pepper – and a delicious syrupy texture that coats the mouth. Alternatively, get out your best Martini glass and mix 10ml of Mentzendorff Kummel with a shot of espresso, 15ml of coffee liqueur, 20ml of sugar syrup and 25ml of Demerara rum (or any dark rum) for a great party cocktail.
Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008
If you love creamy, texturally rich fizz, look no further than Nicolas Feuillatte’s Blanc de Blancs 2008. It’s a cuvée that’s a grand tour of some of the best Chardonnay sites all over the Champagne region, including what seems like a significant splash of Montgueux Chardonnay. And it this unique, isolated cru on a hill due west of Troyes which gives this wine its textural creaminess. The same fruit also features prominently in Feuillatte’s distinguished prestige Cuvée Palmes d’Or. Great value and drinking well at the moment.