A Thanksgiving riddle: What is rose-gold in color, bubbles when tickled open, and has a sibling sheathed in its own little black “dress” (or Sleeve) with a midnight or gold design? It’s a trick question. More to the point: What to bring to the Thanksgiving dinner party and the three-day food and drink fest weekend beyond that will earn the giver hugs, laughter, and “beverage bliss?”
The Answer to both questions is: Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne
Don’t fret about choosing an appropriate bottle to bring as a hostess gift. Nicolas Feuillatte offers a collection of brilliant champagne choices to accommodate most every budget and dining occasion style.
Besides, what says holiday joy better than the “pop” of champagne? Or the “Sabering” of a champagne bottle? (But getting ahead of things. See story conclusion…)
It must be said that the Brut Rosé is a versatile “hat trick” of a champagne because it is not only a robust aperitif readily enjoyed as a sipping beverage, it mixes well with spirits for some harmonious cocktails – and it also possesses the integrity to pair well with food.
There is a “comfort of confidence” telling family and friends (not to mention that pesky know-it-all brother in law) that Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne is #1 in France, #3 in the world, and #4 in the US. Gotta love those metrics. Yes, it is the champagne the French drink everyday – not just for special occasions. At a suggested retail price of $48 it is an affordable luxury. This is a French tradition we can emulate here, kicking it off in style with a special holiday to the strains of a pigskin-infused chant: “USA, USA!”
The Brut Rosé is noted for its extraordinary ability pair perfectly with food. Describing a champagne taste is somewhat akin to garden writing prose, with references to fruits, and spices. That said, this Examiner – a dedicated devotee of champagne – was impressed with the Brut Rosé’s bright, citrusy, fruity overtone with a nose that has been described as hinting of blueberry, black currant and raspberry. It was crisp and elegant. Not sweet. Dry. Think of champagne as “liquid stars.”
Further impress dinner guests with the Nicolas Feuillatte “rags to riches” Horatio Alger story — with a French twist. It’s a contemporary story, too. See, Monsieur Feuillatte, described as “a true gentleman” died just last month. He was 88 years old. Like so many other immigrants after World War II, he came to the US in the 1950’s to seek his fortune. The streets here turned out to indeed be paved with a bit of that gold. (Now, it’s his champagne that is rather gold). He made his fortune coffee trading in financial services here in New York City, as told to this Examiner by Isabelle Isabelle Bricout, Business Development Manager Champagne Feuillatte. Returning to France in the 1970’s to pursue the rather bold idea of producing champagne, he, well, made another fortune. And this one offers an enduring legacy of culture, agriculture and respect for the growers, and the nobility of taste.
According to the vineyard, “Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte was created in 1970 from a visionary inspiration to source the best grapes in the region from the best growers. The brand created a cooperative of growers that contribute exceptional quality in their fruit yields to make Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Each grower within the cooperative contributes its own artistry through the grapes it provides. Furthermore, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte cellar master takes all of the work the growers have contributed vis-à-vis their grape yields, and creates larger masterpieces – all the wines with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s portfolio.”
Who doesn’t love a good story behind the toast and drink? And this is a classic one.
If the upcoming weekend horizon presents a palette of “dining dissonance” as in a formal sit down dinner: no problem. Casual, Sunday brunch leftover adventure: easy. Plus, the variety of available Nicolas Feuillatte champagnes can be mixed with spirits for an endless mix of exciting cocktails.
Gotham just finished celebrating The 2nd Annual New York Champagne Week with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte taking a leading role to mark everyday good times and great tasting champagne – straight away and bubbly or — as an exciting sweetheart partner in the vibrant cocktail culture that is sweeping the swans and has them swooning with joy. Here, the champagne maker did some high caliber mating of its own – by partnering with William Grant & Sons. The world-class distiller supported Champagne Week with its award-winning portfolio of spirits in a series of events and tastings. A champagne cocktail contest was conducted among seven of NYC’s top bartenders who created sparkling concoctions for pride (and money).
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte hosted yet another, pre-Thanksgiving Rosé tasting party recently at the newly opened Bacchanal (146 Bowery in NYC) with bites from Chef Craig Hopson. The private media event offered the food and drink press a chance to experience how rosé champagne can be paired with various classic holiday dishes and mixed with spirits for some happy and sophisticated cocktails – and in turn – Voila – Examiner readers now reap the drink magic.
Before heading to the liquor store, review the options here and choose with confidence.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Collection
The Must-Have: Brut, Brut Grande Reserve, Brut Reserve, Brut Rose, Demi-Sec
The Refined Collection: Brut Vintage, Brut Chardonnay Vintage, Brut Extrem’ and Cuvee Speciale Vintage
The Gourmet: Champagne for connoisseurs with for varieties- two Grand Cru and two Cuvee (Vintage and Rose Vintage)
Palmes D’Or: Billed as the “The Diva of Champagne,” this vintage champagne is aged for a minimum of six years from a blend of crus) Available in Brut and Rosé, Palmes d’Or’s bottle is lavish and beautiful and was inspired by Nicolas Feuillatte’s muse, a woman fascinated by black pearls.
Limited Editon: X’Ploration Brut Réserve is a round-the-world adventure that resonates with the history of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and the brand’s unique personality. This year’s special edition bottle of Brut Réserve features a gold sleeve with images of planes traveling to and from various explorations.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has had a long-term vision and commitment to the arts. They support artists as part of their brand identity because in essence their Champagne is made artisanally within a community of local farmer artists and the artistry of their cellar master. Each year the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte unveils its year-long artist collaboration (see here for previous collaborators: http://www.nicolas-feuillatte.com/en/our-values/the-contemporary-creation/alicia-paz).
One Fo(u)r: The One Fo(u)r quarter bottles are a great champagne option. Offered in Brut and Rosé, and packaged with a fashion-y wrist strap, this is the one to trek with or gift or use later as a stocking stuffer or for a Secret Santa party favor.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte also comes in gift swag with a choice of one, two, or three bottles. Or a single bottle with two flute glasses – just to kick off the party pronto or on the way (in a taxi, Uber, train, or chauffeured car service, of course.)
Recipes and Sabering
More table bits to share: Champagne Rosé is the appellation for Champagne tinted pink by the dark pigment contained in the skins of Chardonnay (10%), Pinot Noir (60%) and Pinot Meunier (30%). The pigmentation in rosé champagne is usually achieved by adding a little red wine to an existing white cuvee, with Pinot Noir being the variety that is typically employed. The wines are sometimes referred to as ‘pink’ champagne. Nicolas Feuillatte refers to their Brut Rosé as salmon color. While this Examiner adores salmon – I just don’t think it’s an appropriate reference. Much preferred is the link/reference to the gold rose Tiffany Rubedo® line of jewelry. Besides, the luxury link with precious jewels and champagne seems just peachy. Hmmm perhaps that is yet another color metaphor….
Cocktail Couplings Canoodling
Mix Brut Rosé champagne with gin and blood orange liquor. This Examiner recommends Solerno Blood Orange liqueur made with Sicilian organges. Garnish the cocktail with orange slice or rose petals.
Sabering the Champagne
THE very best part of the champagne tasting was, hands-down, when
Isabelle Bricout invited this Examiner to “Saber” the champagne bottle open. Game for most adventure, we were soon out on the lower Manhattan street with a butcher knife worthy of Sweeney Todd (only in New York). Isabelle described how to locate the glass “vein” on the bottle’s neck. Then, turn the knife so that the non-serrated or blade edge is running/slicing along the neck of the bottle. The goal is to knock off the glass top holding the cork – not attempt to hit the cork out as this Examiner initially thought.)
So, one, two three and Pop! Like a Musketeer — all swagger and awe. Go ahead. Show off for the family! Sabering is a champagne tradition — and the demo will have them retelling the sabering story for generations to come.
(Enjoy the video of this Examiner Sabering. It’s a wonder!)