The aperitif is an important introduction which, if it is successful, heralds exceptional moments… Naturally, champagne has its place there. But how to choose the right champagne for the aperitif: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Rosé or Extra Brut… What is the ideal champagne?
Blanc de Blancs or Bruts
For their freshness, alertness and tonic character, Blancs de Blancs champagnes dominated by Chardonnay, or Bruts Champagnes, are the most appropriate to seduce all palates.
Optez pour un champagne fin, frais et peu sucré, tels que les cuvées :
Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs 2008, Powerful and elegant, this champagne will be the perfect companion of shellfish (lobster) or noble white fish such as oven-roasted or grilled sea bream. It will also excel with noble white meat such as pan-fried veal grenadin and the most daring will enjoy it as a dessert with citrus carpaccio or roasted apricot soup with honey and rosemary.
The Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs, with its incomparable purity, is an ideal accompaniment to oysters with onion cream, pumpkin soup with shrimp espuma, scallop carpaccio, sea bass fillet with a simple dash of olive oil, or cod fillet browned in semi-salted butter
Louis Roederer Brut Premier, rich, fine and precise, it shows a complex personality. A great classic that will perfectly pair with dishes based on scampi and shellfish, or why not a Foie gras in terrine and almond jelly.
Some examples of perfect aperitif pairings with Blancs de Blancs or Bruts champagnes:
- Smoked salmon on blinis
- Savoury appetizers
- Cheese gougères
- Foie gras on toast
Rosés Champagnes also have their place as an aperitif, especially the cuvées composed mainly of Chardonnay, for their discreet and fresh aromas, and their soft and silky texture, such as the cuvées :
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé has established itself worldwide as the reference for rosé champagnes. It can accompany raw fish (marinated red mullet, tuna tartar), grilled prawns, fine charcuterie, duck and lamb dishes or creamy cheeses such as Chaource. It is an extraordinary partner for desserts based on red fruits. The most daring will marry it with Asian or Indian cuisine.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé, a bold, romantic and contemporary champagne. Fresh, structured and gourmet, ideal with duck with Morello cherries, salmon tartar with grapefruit and avocado.
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve, a high precision, generous and precise wine that will sublimate the Japanese flavours of a fruity sushi with mango and coconut cream.
Some examples of perfect aperitif pairings with Rosé champagnes:
- Serrano ham and melon
- Bread with olives or nuts
- Gruyere and cherry tomato spades
Brut nature or zero dosage
Finally, Brut Nature or Zero Dosage Champagnes are wines in their purest state to which no sugar has been added. These cuvées have their place as aperitifs because they open up the tasting of champagne to new adventures in lightness!
Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut, A champagne as extraordinary in its purity as it is complex in its elaboration, which opens the door to the discovery of new tasting experiences. Its crystalline freshness and balance make it a nectar that reveals flavours, ideal from aperitif to dessert. It can be paired with caviar or seafood or even foie gras.
Pommery POP Extra Dry, a rather provocative champagne, joyful, spirited and full of life, perfect for the aperitif.
Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature 2008, a rare cuvée, single Cru, single parcel, and single grape variety 100% Pinot Noir. Perfect as an aperitif with its strong personality, the Cuvée Royale Blanc de Noirs 2008 Brut Nature could accompany a butterfly of langoustines with chiffonade of mesclun or a roasted blue lobster, lightly peppered with grapefruit coulis and white butter.
Some examples of perfect aperitif pairings with non-dosed champagnes:
- Scallops with white butter
- A scampi carpaccio
- Toast of foie gras with fig jams
We wish you good tasting!