So looking forward to tonight’s blind new year Champagne tasting. Now in its fourth installment, it features brother-in-law Beavington, known as Beaver by his work colleagues, and I, tasting a large number of Champagnes, single blind.
This means we know what is coming, but don’t know what order they turn up in. We film it, and a surprising number of viewers have watched this rather lengthy, self-indulgent, mildly drunken spectacle unfold.
This year, this list is looking like this:
Bollinger Grande Annee 2004
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004
Champagne Pierre Darcys Brut NV (purchased this morning for £10 from Asda)
Ridgeview 2009 England
Jacquart Brut de Nominee NV (mainly 1996 vintage)
Delamotte Blanc De Blancs
Larmandier Bernier 2005
Nyetimber Classic 2006 England
One other TBC
It will be interesting to see how the ringers do. In previous years, they have fared badly, to the extent we have given up including new world fizz and Cava (it is not that they are bad; they are just so different). We’re persisting with England though.