Perrier-Jouet wins 2012 Alderley Edge Hotel - Cheshire Life Champagne Oscars award
PUBLISHED: 20:18 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:37 26 April 2016
It's a champagne house with pedigree and style, making it this year's worthy winner of the Alderley Edge Hotel/Cheshire Life Champagne Oscars award
Last year the historic champagne house of Perrier-Jouet celebrated 200 years since its foundation. This year the brilliant, romantic, perfect bubbly is named winner of the Alderley Edge Hotel – Cheshire Life Champagne Oscar.
The magnificent silver and gilt trophy, handcrafted by Warris & Company of Sheffield - silversmiths entrusted to care for the FA Cup - will be presented at a gourmet dinner in the hotel’s Laurent Perrier Suite in December - one of the most glamorous events in Cheshire’s social calendar.
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.
Perrier-Jouet, with its delightfully delicate style, was the unanimous choice of the 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, debutant judge Dr Brendan Smith and renowned food and wine writer Ray King.
Named after newlyweds Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife Rose-Adelaide Jouet who founded the house in Epernay in 1811, it was their son, Charles, who was the true innovator, leading Perrier-Jouet to be first to release a dry champagne and paving the way for the brut style that prevails today.
Judging was followed by a superb lunch for which the three AA Rosette Alderley Restaurant’s head chef Chris Holland and his brigade once again demonstrated a kitchen at the absolute top of its form. Carpaccio of Heaves Farm Veal, Pickled Raisins, English Broad beans and Foie Gras Snow (the delicacy having been frozen then grated), was beautifully decorated with edible flowers and served with Les Clans 2006, a fine rosé from Provence. Colchester Oyster Cous-Cous with King Crab, Scallop and Cucumber Consommé was a masterful exercise in culinary innovation, partnered by Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
A main course of Dry Aged Fillet of Beef, Roasted Veal Sweetbread, Grilled Cabbage and Truffle Potato was superbly paired with Gevrey Chambertin 2008 from J Drouhin; New Aged Waldorf Salad with Roquefort made a fabulous cheese course with Graham’s 1985 vintage Port. Laurent Perrier Rosé en Magnum was the divine accompaniment to a sumptuous tasting of English Strawberries with Vanilla Panna Cotta and Olive Caramel.
For details about the Champagne Oscars black tie celebration dinner at the Alderley Edge Hotel on December 6th, please contact the hotel on 01625 583033.