Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world, have released five new limited edition exquisitely showcased Champagnes for the festive season.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve – elegantly presented in a snow-white tin
This Champagne is a blend of 20 per cent Chardonnay for elegance and delicacy, 40 per cent Pinot Noir for roundness and structure and 40 per cent Pinot Meunier for fruitiness. The Brut Réserve is aged for at least three years in the cellar, even though the legal minimum ageing requirement is 15 months.
Appearance: Pale gold with silver tinges, brilliant and crystal clear revealing a persistent ribbon of delicate bubbles
Bouquet: Fresh white fruit aromas of apple, pear and peach intermingle with almonds, hazelnuts and ground spice
Palate: Elegant and complex with a fine balance and a lively mousse imparting freshness to a lingering finish
Retail price: The Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve, elegantly presented in a snow-white tin, will be available in select fine wine retailers at approximately R540 (750ml bottle)
Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé – gorgeously attired in metallic pink
A deliciously fruity, harmonious blend of 60 per cent Pinot Meunier and 10 per cent Chardonnay, aged for at least three years in the cellar.
Appearance: Silver-tinged salmon-pink, with a steady ribbon of fine bubbles.
Bouquet: Red fruit aromas. Intense, developing notes of blueberry, blackcurrant and raspberry
Palate: Welcoming flavours of red cherry, raspberry, hazelnuts, biscuit and nectarine provide a complex and full palate. The finish is long with ground ginger and white pepper accents and a touch of creaminess at the end
Retail price: The Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé, gorgeously attired in metallic pink, will be available in select fine wine retailers at approximately R675 (750ml bottle)
Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes D’Or Brut Vintage 2006 – distinctly packaged new vintage release
The Champagne House flagship, the Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage is one of the most recognised bottles of wine in the world with its distinctive dimples reminiscent of black pearls. Powerful and distinguished, Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage encompasses the elegance and finesse of Chardonnay combined with the full body of Pinot Noir. Always a vintage, only made in exceptional years, the Palmes d’Or Champagne Brut is aged for a minimum of nine years in the cellar.
Appearance: Bright and perfectly clear, revealing a wonderful shade of tarnished gold. Lovely graceful gossamer bubbles swirl in the glass forming a perfectly balanced string of pearls
Bouquet: A seductive wave of delicate cinnamon loaf spices and vanilla cream aromas introduce the bouquet. Aromas of pine cones and sandalwood come and go. Peony notes blossom and flourish, gradually replaced by preserved lemon rind. Roasted notes add a pleasing touch to the overall effect
Palate: Mature, intense and generous, this Champagne reveals intricate citrus flavours, honey and a hint of grapefruit with lifted notes of almond paste and marzipan. Long and lingering, showing beautiful balance, it has attractive freshness on the finish and appealing apple acidity.
Retail price: The Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or 2006, packaged in its distinctive black dimpled bottle and a stylish black gift box, is available at fine wine retailers at approximately R1690 (750ml bottle)
Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Blanc and Rosé – splendidly showcased demi-sec Champagnes
Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne have released two new limited edition splendidly showcased demi-sec Champagnes for the festive season – Graphic Ice Blanc and Graphic Ice Rosé: generous and fruity with a satisfying touch of sweetness perfectly blanaced with refreshing acidity. The eye-catching metallic packaging was specially designed to sparkle around the clock: to reflect the rays of the sun and to glimmer in the dark of night.
Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Blanc
Appearance: beautiful pale gold colour with a persistent ribbon of delicate bubbles.
Nose: Fresh, floral and peachy on the nose with a touch of roasted nuts and notes of honey
Palate: Round and creamy with hints of yellow stone fruits and citrus, with a lively mousse imparting freshness to a lingering finish.
Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Rosé
Appearance: Delicate coral pink colour with a fine persistent mousse.
Nose: Tempting aromas of black cherry and summer berries.
Palate: Round and creamy with flavours of cherry, raspberry and strawberry, a velvety mousse and a smooth pleasing finish.
Retail Prices: Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Blanc and Rosé, splendidly showcased in their silver and pink metallic attire, will be available at fine wine retailers at approximately R470 and R580 respectively (750ml bottle)
The man and the brand
Nicolas Feuillatte, the man behind the brand, was a Paris-born New York entrepreneur, international jet-setter and socialite with friends in high places the world over. He made his first fortune as a coffee merchant in New York and went on to make his second by creating his own brand of Champagne in 1976. Often found in the company of the who’s who of society, he decided that the Nicolas Feuillatte brand must in the first instance be able to satisfy the most discerning of palates, in order to also satisfy a wider audience. The Champagne he created was elegant and sophisticated and an immediate hit with an exceptional group of A-listers, amongst them Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Lauren Bacall. With his celebrity connections, Feuillatte’s Champagne quickly became popular in the US, to the extent that supply was soon unable to match demand. To expand production, he teamed up with a collection of growers based in Epernay and the brand began its miraculous rise through the ranks of the Champagne greats to compete at the very top, selling more than 10 million bottles of Champagne a year. Nicolas Feuillatte, the French entrepreneur behind the remarkably successful Champagne that bears his name, died at the age of 88, in August 2014, in the same week as his close friend and actress Lauren Bacall.