Hip hip hurray! In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday this month, luxury department store Fortnum & Mason has launched a limited edition vintage Champagne so royal watchers and monarchists can celebrate too!
The English fizz was made by r Champagne producer Lelarge-Pugeot. Made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes, the drink is in keeping with the prince’s organic lifestyle, harvested from the house’s northeast facing vineyard in France’s champagne country close to Reims.
The Lelarge family has been making wine since 1789 with their vineyard using sustainable and organic farming methods to grow and harvest the grapes.
So, how does it taste?
According to the makers, the Highgrove Organic Extra Brut Champagne is described as “rich and nutty, delivering extraordinary fresh lime notes and a beautiful purity of flavour.”
“After a rigorous selection process, we are delighted to have chosen Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot as the producer to mark such a significant event in the royal calendar.
“It was the clear and unanimous winner from a blind tasting of 12 vintage grower Champagnes,” says Fortnum & Mason wine buyer, Jamie Waugh.
Not only does it taste great, but the bottle looks divine too! It is presented in a gold gift box embossed with the Prince of Wales’ heraldic feathers for a sense of occasion.
The vintage Champagne has gone on sale at Fortnum & Mason, priced at £55 a bottle. It is also available via the Highgrove website. All the profits will go to the The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
Other commemorative items that have been launched for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday include:
• £5 coins
• a £195 charger plate with his Red Dragon badge
• daffodils, the national flower of Wales
• The Duchy of Cornwall shield.
In addition to the vintage limited edition 70th birthday Champagne, Highgrove also produces an English sparkling wine from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.
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