MACB 2018 now published

Met up with the team at Drinks International at the start of this week to celebrate the publication of the fourth ‘Most Admired Champagne Brands’ supplements I have overseen and written. You can read the magazine, our most successful and largest to date, via this link: https://goo.gl/U6jAnE .

We enjoyed a glass of Piper Heidsieck Rare 2002 over lunch, which 28-50 in Fetter Lane (along with its two sister restaurants) is selling for just £15 a glass (£89 a bottle). This must be just about the bargain fizz deal in the on-trade currently, though no doubt some will write in with different ideas.

The other great aged champagne bargain that’s been around for several years now is Charles Heidsieck 1995 Blancs des Millénaires which you can still find bottles of at one or two select outlets for around £150 (£149.95 The Finest Bubble). It won’t be there much longer because the next, 2004 vintage has just been launched.

We will be catching up on this and other new releases soon, plus some pink champagnes for Valentine’s Day.