Which champagne should you be opening to toast The Queen’s 91st birthday? It seems only certain, particular fizzes get past the palace gates. In order to supply HM The Queen, you have to be a Royal Warrant Holder and currently there are nine houses that have that privilege. But there may be different corks popping at Highgrove and Clarence House, as out of the nine, only one — Laurent-Perrier — is officially ‘by appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales’.
What they are drinking over at Kensington Palace isharder to pin down, though when it came to wedding celebrations, Pol Roger Special Réserve in magnums was, it seems, Prince William’s choice. If we had to pick a tipple from the list for Harry, it would probably Krug or Bollinger; he’s bound to have sampled the latter in the Bolly tent at Twickenham. Of course, if they all want to please the head of the house of Windsor, it would have to be G.H. Mumm.
We’ve picked our favourite cuvées from the nine Royal Warrant holding houses: Bollinger: The most appropriate cuvée is clearly La Grande Année and the rosé 2005 vintage will match The Queen’s outfit today!
GH Mumm & Cie: If you can find a bottle, the new Blanc de Blancs RSRV from 2012, takes Mumm quality to a new level.
Krug: Has to be the house’s flagship Grand Cuvée, now on 163ème Édition, and based on the 2007 harvest, so plenty of age here too.
Louis Roederer: Brut Premier in magnum, gets extra ageing versus the bottle, and it’s always a noticeable step up in complexity and intensity.
Moët & Chandon: Having tasted it again earlier this month, the multi-layered MCIII is befittingly regal as it gradually evolves.