Of course you and I don’t need any excuse to indulge in champagne but apparently, most people reserve champagne for special or romantic occasions. And today is St Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year (after you take out the commercialisation, obligation, and sheer dread most men feel about forgetting or getting it wrong. #imnotcynical)
And while I have been writing this blog for a few St V’s days, I have never quite been able to bring myself to write a predictable list of romantic rosé champagne recommendations to sweep your loved one off their feet (insert vomit face emoji).
That might have something to do with the fact that I am single. Like permanently, eternally, perennially single. But while I might be romantically challenged, Valentine’s Day is a BIG day for champagne for everyone else, and I do hate to miss any opportunity for champagne-ing.
So this year, I have succumbed and penned a little ode to St Valentine’s Day and my top 5 hot (fantasy) dates for Valentine’s Day and the champagne I would serve them.
1. Idris Elba with a side of Charles Heidsieck
If you’ve been around with me for a while, this won’t come as a shock to you. I have written a few times about my thing for Idris Elba and Charles Heidsieck Champagne which you can read here and here.
I match Idris – who I think is sexy, suave, cheeky, stylish, smooth, and a little bit ‘bad’ (if you’ve seen Luther, you know it!) – with Charles Heidsieck. One day when I was drinking a glass of the Brut NV, Idris just popped into my head and I have never been able to separate the two thoughts since.
And just like Idris is one of my fave men, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is still one of my all-time favourite champagnes.
Why I love this champagne…
- It’s an even blend of all three grapes and is a pretty high dosage for my taste (11g/1) but it works
- It’s made from 40% reserve wines dating back as many as 15 years. This is one of the reasons this champagne is so remarkable… most NV champagnes have reserve wines going back two – three years and very few go beyond eight or nine years. 15 years is rare!
- This is an NV which spends at least six years ageing. The minimum is 15 months for NV champs, but most NV champagnes are aged 3 years. Again, that is pretty special.
#IRL Man Match – if your lover is the hunky, sexy, suave, cheeky, cool type, ice a bottle of Charles Heidsieck to enjoy with him on St V’s Day.
2. Daniel Craig & Bolly baby
Daniel Craig is currently my fave James Bond (but only until Idris gets his licence to kill) and one of my top 5 fantasy dates. Even before his Bond days, Daniel Craig topped my list in Layer Cake but then there was this…
And I was done.
This is an easy match with Bollinger as the official champagne of James Bond, I just can’t imagine drinking anything else with Daniel Craig.
Daniel Craig pops a bottle of 1990 La Grande Annee with Vesper in my fave Bond film, Casino Royale, but I’d go all out with the 2004 Bollinger R.D.
I tried the 2004 Bollinger R.D. for the first time at a summer garden party at Bollinger last June. It was one pretty unforgettable afternoon that probably could only have been better is Daniel Craig dropped by for a glass with me.
#IRL Man Match – If your guy is more interested in how he shakes and stirs you than his martini, he deserves an exceptional champagne.
3. Tom Hardy &The Abyss from Leclerc Briant
Tom Hardy is one intense but sexy guy (those lips, those eyes!). He puts it all on the line and gets completely immersed in his craft.
And so does Hervé Jestin, the chief wine maker for Leclerc Briant.
Hervé was a pioneer in bio-dynamic wines and has the most unique wine making philosophy that i have ever seen. He believes wine is a living, breathing thing and looks at the interaction between the wine and humans and the environment around them. I could try to explain it but it’s just so next level, almost spiritual. He talks about energy and the natural intelligence and consciousness of wine. You can roll your eyes and call it a load of wine-wanker bullshit or you can try the wines and decide for yourself.
The Abyss cuvee from Leclerc Briant experiments with the interaction between the wine and humans and the environment around them in a unique way… because it’s aged on the bottom of the ocean. I enjoyed it four times when I was in France last June. (And thinking back on it now, it was the only wine I tried that many times during my trip). The wine is actually sold with the marks of the ocean still on the bottle and it can’t be imported into Australia because of our customs and disease preventative regulations. But you can get most of this epic range of Leclerc Briant wines from French Vine.
I would put the Abyss on your list of champagnes to try before you die.
#IRL Man Match – Break out the Leclerc Briant if your lover is an intense all or nothing guy. Or a believer that there are forces greater than us in the world.
4. Mick Fanning & Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature
So being an Aussie, my man list has a down-under bias. And I am confessing here for the first time, I have a Mick Fanning crush.
Now I might be an Aussie and I live near the Gold Coast, but I have never surfed in my life. But Mick Fanning fascinates me. My fascination started at a breakfast I went to once where one of his coaches was giving a presentation about dealing with stress I think, and he told a few stories about Mick Fanning’s focus techniques to deal with pressure. I’d actually never really thought about the aspect of elite sport coaching before and I guess his ability to focus under pressure came in handy a few years later when he famously beat off a shark during a surfing comp.
Enough about the man, let’s talk about the champagne…. I’d take a bottle of
Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature along on my champagne pairing for my imaginary date with Mick.
A blanc de blancs (100% chardonnay) and Brut Nature (no sugar added), it’s dry, fresh, salty and chalky, a surfie champagne for sure.
#IRL Man Match – If your guy is a focused as f%&@, high-performing, insanely talented athlete but as down to earth as they come, break open a bottle this champagne on the beach with fish chips on Feb 14.
5. Chris Hemsworth &anything in a magnum
Magnums are bigger… and better and match Thor and massive biceps. If you are one of those people who think 1.5 litres seems like a lot for two people, I’d say you’re wrong and it’s just right but if it makes you feel better I would invite Chris’ wife, Elsa (#girlcrush).
#IRL Man Match – Big bottles for guys with big muscles.
And that’s a wrap! If I was being honest, I would serve these lads any champagne they wanted on any day of the year. I would probably even drink beer if that’s what it took.
Whether you’re loved up or single, I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! If you are loved up, take some inspo from this list and buy a bottle for your lover.
If you’re single, use Feb 14 to remind yourself you don’t need a partner or an excuse to love yourself – buy that bottle for you… because you deserve it!
If you are sharing and pairing champagne on Valentine’s Day, make sure you post a pic and tag @bubbleandflute #bubbleandflute #happychampers #champagnesthatpairwithHOT
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