Royal Family Despises Best of English Sparklings

Long speculations and rumours went around the world about which good drop the royal family might pick for the big upcoming event; the marriage of Kate and William.

Some said no English wine will be served; instead a French one will make the race.

But of course at a real British royal wedding the national pride requires an original English sparkling to toast the happy couple.

Last year Nyetimber’s classic cuvee 2003 from a UK manufacturer won the best sparkling wine on the planet award. The Decanter award was given to Ridgeview for its best sparkling wine; also an English example. During the Bolcini Del Monto international Wine Awards in Verona the Camel Valley won best Rosé Sparkling wine in the world (including Champagne) which has its vineyard in Cornwall, England.

And now guess which sparkling will be on the well laid tables? The surprising fact that England is producing the best sparkling wine in the world would make us assume the royal family will definitely pick one of those. But none of the announced made it on the wedding table. The royal couple have ditched the best in the world to be served with Pol Roger now. Pol Roger will be the official Champagne on next week’s royal wedding. The online wine magazine Decanter.com was told by a spokesman for Pol Roger a non-vintage has specifically been requested by the Palace. It will be sipped before the sit-down meal hosted by Prince Charles.

Although traditionally Pol Roger has never been drunk at royal weddings it was Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne and in 1984 Pol Roger created the Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill in his honour. Maybe because of its long and honourable association with the British aristocracy they decided in favour of Pol Roger.

For previous weddings Bollinger seemed to be popular. Queen Victoria as well as Prince Charles chose it for their marriages.

Although it’s not the best sparkling of England Pol Roger champaign must have something that impressed the couple. Having said this there is nothing left to say than Cheers!

Word is out: Best Bordeaux 2010

Recently the wine magazine Decanter published its wine ratings and tastings notes for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage. The Decanter team Steven Spurrier (Medoc and Graves), James Lawther (Right Bank) and Michael Bettane (Sauternes) assessed a huge range of samples of this much talked-about vintage.

Spurrier was pleased by what he saw, reserving special praise for Graves and Pessac-Leognan, the ‘standout success’ of the vintage, and also for the lesser Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. Michel Bettane says this is a ‘great vintage…a lucky continuation of a stunning succession, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009.

This year’s scores are very high with four “perfect wines” that got 20 pints. The ones that won the race were Chateau Margaux, Latour, Lafite and Cheval Blanc.

The Chateau Margaux was rated  by Spurrier having a superb colour, a lovely concentration of polished flavours that stay on the palate forever, unbelievable freshness and density,” a truly great wine” and got 20 points in the rating.

Chateau Latour was said to have a sensational depth of colour, incredible sweetness and ripeness of fruit, but very massive now, a monumental expression of the Latour vineyards.

With a fabulous nose of wild violets, wonderful lissom texture backed by aristocratic firmness and a totally captivating wine for the long term the Chateau Lafite Rothschild was rated one of the best four Bordeaux.

The fourth winner with 20 points is the Cheval Blanc that was praised by Lawther as a ‘seamless’ wine with ‘pure, sumptuous fruit’.

Five Bordeaux got the second rank with 19.5 scores. These are Ausone, Palmer, Mouton-Rothschild, Leoville-Las-Cases and Haut Brion, followed by Vieux Chateau Certan, Ducru Beaucaillou, Petrus, La Mission Haut Brion, Yquem, Cos d’Estournel and Calon Segur with 19 points.

All other ratings and tasting notes for every wine can be seen at www.decanter.com

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