Champagne lovers around the globe enjoy the official drink of merriment for World Champagne Day 19 October 2018. For our tribute to champagne, we partnered with Perrier-Jouet hosting an enchanting dinner lead by Brand Ambassador, Romaric Behaghel.
The festivities began overlooking the sparkling Darling Harbour at sunset with the crisp Blanc de Blancs paried with fresh Sydney Rock Oysters laden with cucumber, yuzu sorbet.
The dinner proper commenced at a long table for our merry band, overflowing with flowers that the champagne house has become famous for. At this point we increased in intensity going to the Grand Brut paired with seared scallops and vanilla butter squash puree. At this stage our mouths were left wanting for champagne ready for the mains that awaited us. We were greeted with the vintage Belle Epoque 2011, meaning golden age - a befitting name. This magnificent drop was partnered with a smokey mackrel in a bonito broth (pictured above).
Adhering to the golden ration as all good diners must, our band were unanimous in our praise for our pan fried duck beast ornamented with macadamia granola, raspberries and baby beets. A worth companion to the vintage Belle Epoque Rose 2006, Romaric's favourite wine of the evening.
A true surprise await us, the chefs had created a dessert to perfectly sum up the evening. A Chocolate sphere, protecting a white chocolate mousse with red berries. Extremely delicate in its composition, it was a wonder to view as we sipped our final win, the Blason Rose. Even better, was cracking the sphere open, releasing the treasure inside. With the sun and dinner well behind us, there was nothing left but to finish what remained in each bottle and continue our conversations among new friends, well into the clear Spring night.