The last long weekend of the Aussie summer is nearly here and there will be BBQs, pool parties, picnics, cricket, and Foo Fighters concerts which all require champagne!
Super Summer long weekend champs list
My champs tips for maximum fun in the sun are in!
(PSSST – You can also check out my Top 5 ‘Straya Day Champagnes from 2017 which still stand as legit awesome options!)
Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne NV
Taittinger is a house known for a big chardie style.
The blend for this NV is 40% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 25% pinot meunier making it very lively, fresh, citrusy.
And perfect for a hot summer day because of its fresh, citrus vibe.
Every time I drink a bottle of Taittinger, I imagine a soundtrack of Jack Johnson playing in the background. It’s that chilled out, happy, relaxed, gentle and easy smooth summer vibe.
You can buy Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne pretty much anywhere… Dan Murphy’s stocks it for $48.90.
Party style – BEACH BABY!
A less well-known brand in Australia, but Brimoncourt has fast become one of my fave summer champs.
The blend is a great big 80% chardonnay, so it is very fresh but bolder than Taittinger.
If Taittinger is like a Jack Johnson tune, Brimoncourt is more like listening to Hilltop Hoods at a summer music festival. Still summer, just a bit more in your face than Jack Johnson.
I am a huge fan of this house and they are huge fans of Australia so watch for more from this team of lively creative wine makers and marketers… I think they are gearing up to take Aussie champ fans by storm!
Party style – POOL PARTY!
Another house that is set for big things in Oz because of the quality cuvees they make and their house style.
Their Brut Reserve is a blend of 50-55% chardonnay, 35-40% pinot noir and 10-15% meunier, with a quality-ageing period of 3-4 years in the cellar with an addition of 25-35% reserve wines from a solera ageing system. The solera draws upon up to 20 years of wines adding power, depth and layers of flavour.
The chardonnay in this champagne comes from Premier and Grand Cru villages in the Montagne de Reims and Cote de Sezanne. This gives it a different profile to the chalkier champagnes from Cote de Blancs (as opposed to the next two champs on the list below), but even so, being 50% chardy it has the summer freshness … blending of the pinots just gives it a fruity lift.
This style and blend you might want to bring out later on in your party (more hot summer nights than days) and pair it with some food like BBQ sausages, why not!
Emperor Champagne online stocks it for $79.
Party style – Rooftop BBQ!
All the champs from this house are Blanc de Blancs except its blanc de rose (which I also LOVE LOVE LOVE – 100% chardonnay with a small blend – 8% – of still red wine…wow!)
The Cuvee Cuis Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru from Pierre Gimmonet is 100% chardonnay… specifically 100% Cuis Chardonnay. Cuis is a village in the northern cote de blanc, which gives this wine a very distinct and chalky edge with a bit of lemon and grapefruit. The lower dosage (at 6.5g/l) exemplifies the pure style of this champs.
Bottom line… fresh and pure and citrusy = summer.
Party style – Sneaky pre-party warm up at home (take one of the bottles above to share!)
The only vintage in this list, this blanc de blancs is from a grower champagne who grows 95% chardonnay and has a tendency for bio-dynamic and organic techniques.
The dosage is 5 g/l (the lowest from this list of tips) giving us a salty, chalky, energetic champs.
The Wine Emporium stocks the vintage for $200 which means…
Party style – It’s definitely long weekend home hangs with a lover (or a champs lover) over a seafood feast…. not for sharing!
Try these champs and let me know what you think! Or what other champagne will you be drinking this long weekend? Comment below or over on the socials tagging @bubbleandflute and #champagnelongweekend #frenchaustraliaday #champagneanyday #bubbleandflute
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