Brimoncourt champagne offer
It’s rare, jaded old soak that I am, but it happens. I come across a wine quite out of the blue which stops me in my tracks and fair knocks my socks off. So it was recently with Brimoncourt Champagne. I’d never even heard of the brand and yet – introduced to it by the fabled Ranald Macdonald, patron of everyone’s favourite Scottish restaurant, Boisdale – my first sip of Brimoncourt Brut Régence NV showed me immediately what an ignorant fool I was and what a treat I had been missing. I was instantly and completely smitten.
Urgently, I arranged to meet brand manager Diogo Veiga who kindly took me through the range. So impressed was I that I begged him to host a lunch for our readers, showcasing the Brimoncourt range. This he did last week in Boisdale’s Jacobite Room and, well, we were all spellbound by the wines for they are indeed mighty fine.
Brimoncourt was founded in a former printing factory in Aÿ, with the likes of Bollinger, Gosset and Deutz as neighbours, and first hit the market in 2013. The wines are outstanding and there were hoots of delight around the table as each bottle in the range was broached. They are modestly priced compared to the Grandes Marques.
We started with the Brimoncourt Brut Régence (£35), an 80/20 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend aged for four years and with just six grams per litre of dosage. It’s citrusy, fresh, toasty and creamy and madly sophisticated.
The Brimoncourt Blanc de Blancs (£45) is 100 per cent Côtes de Blancs Chardonnay and less an aperitif wine, more a food wine (we paired it with Isle of Gigha smoked halibut at Boisdale) with beautifully textured, creamy, honeyed fruit and a slightly saline finish.
The Brimoncourt Extra Brut Grand Cru (£48) is the reverse blend of the Régence, being 80/20 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, all from grand cru vineyards. It’s aged for between five and six years and although full of honey, truffle and beeswax notes, it finishes perfectly dry. Its keen acidity also makes it ideal for pairing with creamy dishes such as our warm coronation chicken.
The Brimoncourt Brut Rosé (£39) is the ultimate food fizz and, full of weighty and fleshy red fruit and light elegant notes of Earl Grey tea, went brilliantly with our platters of farmhouse cheeses.
Finally, in a typical Speccie scoop, we were the first in the world outside the trade to get a taste of the glorious 2009 Brimoncourt (£65), the maison’s inaugural vintage. It’s full and rich and crammed with fresh, creamy, toasty fruit and yet, with just five grams per litre of sugar, great elegance and delicacy too.
There is no question that Brimoncourt’s champagnes are of outstanding quality and it was a real treat to get to know them better. Readers round the table gave a resolute thumbs-up and I’m delighted that Diogo has kindly agreed to offer the wines we tasted to the wider Spectator readership under the same terms, that’s to say with no minimum order and a 10 per cent discount across the range, with free delivery for orders over £100 *
To take advantage of this, courtesy of Brimoncourt’s UK agents and stockists, Wanderlust Wine, just use the code Spectator at checkout.
Jonathan Ray, drinks editor, The Spectator
*Please note that a 10% discount does not apply to already discounted cases.