Moet & Chandon named 11th winner of the Alderley Edge Hotel-Cheshire Life Champagne Oscars
PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:37 22 September 2013
Immortalised in song and celebrated the world over as one of the most glamorous drinks, Moet & Chandon will be the winner of this year’s Alderley Edge Hotel/Cheshire Life Champagne Oscar award
Famously kept in a pretty cabinet by Freddie Mercurys Killer Queen Moet & Chandon champagne has been closely linked with international glamour virtually since the house was founded by Claude Moet in Epernay in 1743.
The courtesan Madame de Pompadour was an early customer and the founders canny grandson, Jean-Rmy, not only sold the renowned brand to Napoleon, but to his adversaries the Duke of Wellington and Tsar Alexander I as well. Later Queen Victoria was a client so she must have been amused at least some of the time.
And in December, during one of the most glamorous events in the countys social calendar, the Alderley Edge Hotel-Cheshire Life Champagne Oscar will be presented to Moet & Chandon after judges decided the house should be named as 11th winner of the magnificent silver and gilt trophy, hand crafted by Warris & Company of Sheffield, the silversmiths entrusted to care for the FA Cup.
The Grande Marque was the unanimous choice of the judging panel led by Alderley Edge Hotel general manager Ahmet Kurcer and comprising Louise Allen-Taylor, editor of Cheshire Life, award-winning independent wine merchant Ruth Yates, entrepreneur Max Essayan, businessman Charles Ledigo, wine expert David Garlick, Dr Brendan Smith, Dr Jo Emery and Ray King, Cheshire Lifes food and wine writer.
Champagnes most enjoyed by hotel guests during the last 12 months contend for the trophy, though no previous winner is considered again for five years.
Judging was followed by a superb lunch for which the three AA Rosette Alderley Restaurants head chef Chris Holland and his brigade once again demonstrated a kitchen at the absolute top of its form. English Rose Veal, Roasted Oxtail, Cep and Marinated Courgette with Summer Truffle was served with Chorley Les-Beaune 2010, a graceful red Burgundy, then fantastic Wild Turbot with Butter Poached Lobster, Orange and Samphire was partnered by Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2007 from Western Australias Margaret River.
A main course of Slow Cooked Aged Beef with Roasted Foie Gras, Onion Flavours and Sloe Gin was superbly paired with Valserrano Rioja Grand Reserva 2003; Burts Blue Cheese was served Waldorf Style and Canard Duchene Ros was the excellent accompaniment to Strawberries, Set Hibiscus Cream, Elderflower and Basil.