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Champagne and the City

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on Wednesday, 22 October 2014
As someone who considers herself to be pretty au fait with Champagne, I was curious when the invite came from Champagne house Jacquart for its 50th anniversary and launch of their new ‘Mosaic collection’. I will admit I didn’t know them as well other brands but, partial to an odd glass or two, I wanted to find out more.

Trendy City venue SushiSamba - known known for its spectacular views - didn't let us down and twinkling lights of London were providing a perfect background to the sparkling Champagne. They always say you should make a dramatic entrance and the glass external elevator that whizzes you up the 39 floors was party fascinating, partly terrifying, but boy – what a way to start a party!

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Inside we were treated to waiters swirling around with Magnums of Champagne Jacquart Rosé. I have to say that I found it absolutely delicious – rosé can be overly sweet but this has a perfect balance and very easy to drink. Handy considering I had around six glasses in total!

Laurent Reinteau, Managing Director of Champagne Jacquart, explained how it was founded in 1964 and their vineyards represents 2400 hectares, which accounts for 7% of the total Champagne region. Not bad for a brand unheard of by many.

It’s easy to be snobby about Champagne and wine, and personally I like to keep things simple and go with what I like. Now admittedly, drinking Champagne while overlooking The Gherkin is a fine introdcution to a new brand, but I look forward to seeing Champagne Jacquart become a more recognised name and drinking more of it in the future. Currently stocked in Mayfair, I would recommend it...After all, it’s nice to be in-the-know and introduce others to a new label.

Champagne Jacquart Rose Magnum, available from www.hedonism.co.uk priced at £84.70

Words by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

London’s Highest High Tea

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on Friday, 31 May 2013
Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, popularised afternoon tea in the 19th century as a way to combat that ‘sinking feeling’ during the late afternoon.

Today, there are arguably few better ways to catch up with an old friend than over afternoon tea – with Champagne.

So when Paramount announced it was now offering London’s highest high tea it was only a matter of time before I’d be booking myself in.

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon the view from floor 32 of Paramount was as spectacular as it promised to be.

Sat at our table for two, my friend Emma and I spent an inordinate amount of time gazing out across the city. From the windows (which run from floor to ceiling by the powder room) you can literally see for miles. The Gherkin, The Shard, St Pauls are all laid out before you, seen from an angle you rarely get to enjoy.

And like the views, the food didn’t disappoint.

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Of the items on the bottom tier of the slate cake stand the poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise was a particular hit. Both Emma and I could have eaten a platter full of just them.

The piccalilli on the dry cured ham packed quite a punch, and the scones (both with raisins and without) were everything a good scone should be (light, moist and of a decent size).

There was something for everyone’s taste in selection of pastries and cakes – though for me you’d have to go a long way to better the three-tiered chocolate cake.

Now here I have a small confession to make. I’m not actually a big fan of tea. In fact I very rarely drink it. So when I do, I rather expect it to be something special. Which the pot of flowering Osmanthus most certainly was.

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When it arrived at our table in a chic glass pot the flower looked a bit like a floating green mushroom. Within minutes though, it had opened up transforming into a pot-filling orange flower. And not only did it look rather pretty it tasted delightful too with sweet notes of apricot and mango.

We had opted to have a glass of Champagne with our afternoon tea and the Billecart-Salmon was a real discovery. One of the few Champagne houses to remain family owned it’s a Champagne we shall both be seeking out again. And The Billecart-Salmon Rose, we were informed by our utterly charming waiter, is even better.

Having spent an indulgent couple of hours enjoying our afternoon tea, before leaving Paramount Emma and I popped up to the viewing gallery (a couple of floors up) for a cocktail or two.

With the evening sun blazing through the floor to ceiling windows there was no question that the duchess’s dreaded sinking afternoon feeling had been well and truly banished.

Afternoon Tea at Paramount is £28 per person. Afternoon tea including a glass of Champagne is £42 per person. Book now at www.paramount.uk.net/afternoon-tea/

Words by Katy Pearson


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