A Bubbly Mid-Autumn

Cristal - Dom Perignon - Krug - Jacques Selosse

By Vivian Liang | September 18 2018

It’s almost that time of year again when families gather around, admire the full moon, and gorge ourselves on an untold number of local dishes from suckling pig to mooncakes!

Traditionally, drinking a Chinese spirit (baiju) and tea during the meal is the norm, however wine is becoming increasingly popular as the beverage of choice. Yet, selecting wines to pair with the dishes, which very often range from all sorts of stir-fried dishes to steamed seafood, is no easy task. If you are like me and don’t want to overcomplicate things, then Champagne is your best choice. Highly adaptable and with a huge variety of styles, Champagne can be a match to nearly all Chinese dishes and its freshness and acidity are the best dehumidifier of the season!

I have picked out a few special bottles from our list that I will be drinking this mid-autumn and wanted to share them with you. If you have a wine connoisseur in the family, serve him something special from the great Jacques Selosse. Anselme Selosse is a pioneer in the region, who crafts a Burgundian style of Champagne that is very much focused on the terroir of each plot, with the use of very little dosage. For someone who wants to be impressed, Dom Perignon is my answer with its iconic label, particularly with their limited release artist designed labels. For versatility when pairing with food, I think Krug Grande Cuvee is the perfect match with its fuller and richer style.

Do browse our selections and among them all, don’t forget our house Champagne - Sotheby’s Champagne Blanc de Blancs from R&L Legras. For me, this is the best value Blanc de Blancs Champagne available!
 

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2007
Bollinger: Grande Annee
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Bollinger: Grande Annee
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2004
Krug: Grande Cuvee, 165th Edition
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2008
Roederer, Louis: Cristal
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"The newly born Cristal 2008 comes to us with a patient heart, full of promise. It has been shaped by time and by its unique chalky soils and is now ready for us to enjoy after ten years of ageing. The 2008 vintage was a continental year, intense and hot, with scorching temperatures and weather which was a nimble succession of sunny and cool spells. Cristal 2008 is the embodiment of this concentration, intensity, energy and complexity.

Cristal has a restrained strength and a pervasive purity, like a lithe ballerina’s impossibly graceful leap through the air... A fine balance of finesse and power, energy and sensuality, Cristal captures all differences, reconciles all contrasts. Borne by its delicate substance, its notes of white fruit, candied citrus and toasted almonds harmoniously combine to create an endless parade of nuances. This is a cleverly seductive wine!"


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2008
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Sotheby's Champagne: Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, RL Legras
France: Champagne: GRAND CRU
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GRAND CRU
Our Own Label Non-Vintage Champagne is made from 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay (no Pinot Noir nor Pinot Meunier), coming from 21 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards in Chouilly.

TASTE
This is light, fresh, elegant, but serious. It is very versatile and suitable for any occasion – the sort of Champagne that you can drink all night! The quality is first rate and it offers excellent value for money – each time we taste it, which has been very frequently, we are surprised how terrific it is.

R&L LEGRAS
We have been long time admirers of R&L Legras, which was founded in 1808, and we have been selling their own label as our house champagne exclusively in the US for the last few years. We are delighted that Julien Barbier, 6th generation vineyard owner, who has been running this champagne house since 2007, agreed to make the Sotheby’s Champagne and we will continue to offer his label, alongside our own.

SERVED AT SOTHEBY’S WORLDWIDE
Sotheby’s Champagne will now be served at most Sotheby’s events in our three most important selling locations: New York, London and Hong Kong.


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2006
Taittinger: Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs
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