Enjoying Perrier- Jouët in the Winter Garden at Sanderson London
“I only drink Champagne on two occasions; when I’m in love, and when I’m not.” Coco Chanel famously said, and it seems that her tipple of choice was from the house of Perrier- Jouët. The same enthusiasm was shared somewhat earlier by Oscar Wilde, who was drinking it when he was arrested! Having been invited to taste a flight of the champagnes at Sanderson London, where it’s the house champagne, it’s hard to find a reason not to share their enthusiasm for the product!
Sanderson London is one of those hotels that looks very bland and uninteresting from the outside, but is achingly hip and chic on the inside. It’s situated on Berner Street which runs off New Oxford Street; in a great location for shopping, seeing a show, sightseeing and all that London has to offer. We were settled into the Winter Garden, a stunning and surprisingly warm space.
Jonathon Simms the Ambassador for Perrier- Jouët told us how to pronounce it correctly, most of us have been saying it without sounding the t on the end on Jouët and it seems that we should. The house was established in 1811 by a young newly married couple, Perrier was their married name and Jouët her maiden name; the champagne is the embodiment of their love story. The house has only had 7 winemakers in its history, and they are careful to ensure that the style stays consistent.
We started with a glass of the non vintage; finding this beautifully dry, soft, floral with a hit of apricots. A glass of this is £15 at Sanderson, perfect for a pick me up after a hard days shopping!
The iconic bottle was designed in 1902 on 3 magnums; these were somehow lost and only came to light in 1960, when a search commenced to find a company that could reproduce the enamel design on the bottle. It was described to us as a, “Work of art on a bottle, to go with the work of art in the bottle”. I have to say that I couldn’t agree more; this has to be one of my favourite champagnes. The 2007 is the latest vintage and is elegant, floral, but with a lot more body and weight. A bottle of this at the Sanderson is £195, and would be a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
We finished our tasting with a glass of the Belle Epoque, a delicate pale pink, lighter in structure reminding me of strawberries and cream, and I suspect would pair rather nicely with a Sanderson Afternoon tea. This is available for £290 a bottle
For champagne lovers who just can’t decide which one to go for, there is the choice of a flight of champagne or the stunning champagne tree, offering 3 champagnes for 2 people.
Perrier-Jouët Champagne flights cost £125 and feature: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2007, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2006 and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004.
The Perrier-Jouët Flute Tree starts at £195 with a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2007. Other options include Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2006 (£290) and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs (£495).
Other options to experience Perrier-Jouët include afternoon tea or champagne and caviar.
For the last minute present buyer, Perrier-Jouët will be opening an exclusive wrapping shop from midday to 8pm, 17-24 December. A wrapping service – free of charge for Winter Garden guests – will ensure that your gifts are beautifully presented. If you find wrapping a bit of a chore, this is a godsend! I know that I’d be very happy to find something like this under my tree!
The Winter Garden is open until the end of March 2016.
50 Berners Street
London W1T 3NG