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Emma JohnsonAt the end of a year’s hard work, it’s great to have the Christmas party season to look forward to. We’re here to help your celebrations go off with a bang, with a festive fizz for every occasion, from intimate gatherings to office parties. Emma Johnson, manager of Majestic Wine Cirencester, offers her advice here…

For the sophisticated soirée

The iconic House of Clicquot was founded in 1772. The pioneering style of Madame Clicquot’s Yellow Label Champagne has held its appeal over the intervening two centuries, remaining as prestigious and powerful today as it ever has been. These wines are a true celebration of independence, class and style, deserving of any sophisticated soiree.

Veuve Clicquot NV
£37.00 £30.00*
Golden yellow in colour, with a nose and palate brimming with citrus fruits, brioche, vanilla and toasted hazelnuts. The balance between elegance and power is what really impresses about a wine that’s perfect for toasting the New Year.

 

Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV
£45.00 £35.00*
This pale rosé Champagne has red fruit in abundance, with a nod towards the characteristic Clicquot blend of power and finesse. A fantastic apéritif; even better with canapés.

Veuve Clicquot 2002
£47.00 £35.00*
There’s a beautiful streak of acidity running through the wonderfully rich, smooth palate. It has a creamy texture that lends itself perfectly to a traditional turkey meal, with that acidity cutting through the richness of potatoes roasted in goose fat. (Well, come on. If you can’t indulge yourself at Christmas, when can you?)

Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’ 1998
£110.00 £100.00*
A posthumous recognition of Madame Clicquot’s obsession with quality, the ultimate expression of the House style, and pure, pure heaven. If you really want to treat yourself this Christmas, it’s a must: unctuous yet elegant, with vanilla, mushroom, toast, nuts, Parmesan cheese and citrus on the nose; then brioche, cream and so much more on the dry yet honeyed palate.

For the friendly gathering

Arguably the most famous Champagne House of them all, Moët & Chandon has been the choice of the rich and famous ever since it was established in 1743. Little wonder: from film festivals to racing circuits, glamorous parties to family gatherings, this is a Champagne that just cries out to be shared. So get together with friends and family, chat, catch up, laugh, have fun, share memories and be sure to raise a glass (or two!).

Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV
£36.00 £25.00*
Seductive in appearance with lively, fine bubbles and a lemon colour flecked with gold, this has fresh green apple and floral aromas, a palate showing honeysuckle, citrus and a hint of lychee, and a long biscuit finish.

 

Moët & Chandon Rosé NV
£42.00 £30.00*
An attractive salmon-pink colour with copper tints and a fine, persistent mousse. The nose is every bit as appealing, with butter, vanilla, biscuit and raspberry and rhubarb notes that follow through onto the smooth palate, along with hints of savoury spice. Enjoy as an apéritif or with dessert.

Moët & Chandon 2002
£45.00 £35.00* New!
A full-bodied, well-structured, delightful Champagne from a classic vintage. The fruit and acidity are perfectly balanced, with secondary characteristics of toast, brioche and yeast setting up a refined finish. Drinking beautifully now or, if you have the patience, leave to mature over the next five years or so.

Dom Pérignon 2002
£100.00*
With a very fine mousse and well integrated biscuit and brioche aromas, this is the prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon. It is beautifully rich and rounded on the palate complemented by a fresh, crunchy apple edge that will soften with time, showing the great ageing potential of Dom Pérignon. A lovely gift or treat.

For the all-singing, all-dancing party

Great value for money can be found in the delicate, approachable style of Prosecco from Italy’s Veneto region. These gorgeous Italian sparklers are one of the market’s fastest-growing trends, making them guaranteed crowd-pleasers that can stretch your party budget a long way.

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, Italy
£8.74 or £6.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Vibrant pink in colour, this has a ripe, juicy, thirst-quenching palate brimming with delightful strawberry flavours. The Raboso grape offers mouth-watering acidity to balance all those strawberries and complement all sorts of party foods.

 

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, Italy
£8.74 or £6.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Made in the typical fresh, fruity, off-dry Prosecco style, this has medium acidity, pears and peaches in the mouth, with a delicate, refreshing finish. Great on its own or with canapés.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, Italy
£11.99 or £8.99* when you buy 2 bottles
From grapes harvested from around the two towns in its name, this is a fizz displaying succulent pear and floral characters. The fine mousse releases the slightly off-dry style
(extra dry by Italian standards), leaving you feeling like you could talk – and indeed dance – all night.

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV
£14.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
I have never had a more refined or graceful Prosecco. The wonderful balance of fruit and acidity has created a supple, apricot- and pear-laden wine of rare elegance. Drink on its own, with your starter or even with a fruit pudding.

And talking of parties…

Party ChampagneMajestic has a number of services designed to take the hassle out of planning your Christmas party or event. A member of your local store team is always at the end of the phone line to help out and answer any questions you may have. Plus you can download your party planner from majestic.co.uk/services/parties

As well as wines, you can choose from our selection of soft drinks – just get in touch with your local store for details of their full range. And be sure to ask about our top-quality, natural Fever Tree mixers. Created with purity in mind to complement rather than mask the taste of premium spirits, they’re just the thing to breathe life back into your favourite long drink.

Fever Tree Tonic, 4x200ml
£3.00 or £2.40* when you buy any 6 packs

 

*Prices are valid from 02 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.

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