Wednesday, 12th of April 2017...a date that we will long remember here at Hutchesons. For it was on this night that we played our part in the global launch of Veuve Clicquot's brand new cuvée, the Extra Brut, Extra Old.
A sell out dinner in The 158 Champagne Oyster Bar, hosted by Champagne royalty; Dominique Demarville, the Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot. What more could you ask for?
Well, our kitchen team answered that question by devising a jaw-dropping menu consisting of butter poached langoustines, lamb cutlets and white crab ceviché; each course was specifically designed to compliment the various Champagnes on show that evening. You can see the full menu here.
And as for the Champagnes? Well, where do we start?! Guests were greeted with Veuve Clicquot's flagship, the Yellow Label - a house staple here at Hutchesons! It was the next Champagne however, that's been drawing world-wide attention; the Extra Brut, Extra Old...the first ever low dosage wine that acclaimed Maison Clicquot have ever produced; an assemblage of wines from '88, '96, '06, '08, '09 and '10 vintages, which culminates in a beautiful colour with bright, delicate gold twinkles, superfine flowing cordon of bubbles. Poised intensity of aromas and flavours include peach and spiced lemon and a soupçon of liberating oak!
From there, guests enjoyed the glorious Veuve Clicquot Rosé label before moving on to the '98 vintage; the first that current Cellar Master, and our host for the evening Dominique Demarville, brought to fruition. The night culminated in something incredibly special, the Cave Privée Rosé 1990, a Champagne that has the nose of a big, bold red with flavours of truffle and smokey oak, a truly remarkable wine. The Cave Privée range is a story in it's own, and one you can learn about here.
It was a night that will live long in the memory and is another fantastic celebration of the unique partnership that Hutchesons have built with Veuve Clicquot in recent times. Stay tuned for the next big announcement as we prepare to kick off the 2017 Summer Party Series!