John Saker’s top 10 bubblies for 2017

We were recently invited to submit some champagnes for blind tastings and judging by John Saker and two top Wellington Sommeliers, Maciej Zimny (Noble Rot) and Kate Hutchison (Capitol). They blind-tasted 37 champagnes in all, 11 of which were rosés. There were five vintage wines entered; the rest were non-vintage. Prices ranged from $140 per bottle to $39.95.

We are extremely thrilled to say that our Marion Bosser Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV Premier Cru came in the top 10.  We know this is a fabulous champagne and we love it but this is what these three guru’s had to say:

“For something a little off-piste, try the Marion Bosser Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV Premier Cru NV (#9). This is an elegant, charming 100 per cent chardonnay style which offers excellent value (go to threefrenchvines.com).”

Check out the full article here:   https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/reviews/99683071/john-sakers-top-10-bubblies-for-2017

If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this delicious champagne, what on earth are you waiting for!!!!!!!

Cuisine Awards

We recently entered some of our champagnes in the Cuisine Mag best Champagne awards for under $100.  We are thrilled and  without modesty pleased to boast that we took out 4 awards in this category.  As if that weren’t enough to be fizzing at the bung over our supremely stunning and gorgeous Champagne Jean Josselin Blanc de Blancs 2011 was placed in the top 10 and also best buy.  We were also awarded:

Champagne Jean Josselin Cuveé des Jean – 4 stars Best Buy

Champagne Marion Bosser Blanc de Blancs NV – 4 stars

Champagne Maurice Vesselle Premier Cru 2004 – 4 stars

This is what they had to say about the Jean Josselin Blanc de Blancs:

“Made by a small family-owned producer based in the tiny Champenois town of Gyé-sur-Seine, this is an attractive 100 per cent chardonnay expression from a strong vintage. “Gorgeous aromas of cream custard,” enthused John Belsham. In the mouth it opens with a cymbal clash of citrusy minerality. Round and softly textured, it flows to a lengthy finish.”

Check it out for yourselves!  https://www.cuisinewine.co.nz/cuisine-tasting/champagne-2017-100-under/

Acknowledging Etienne Calsac’s Glorious Champagne!

While we think Etienne’s Champagne is superb it is fantastic to hear that “La Revue du Vin de France” which is probably the most serious wine magazine in France recently did an article on Etienne Calsac and his fabulous champagne.  The article describes how Etienne created the Estate, saying the champagne is good and L’Echappée Belle is great quality for the price. It says” lock it in your cellar before it’s too late!”
It’s all go for this innovative Champagne maker who has been listed in Peter Liem’s book, Champagne Guide. (US wine critic for Champagne).   The icing on the cake gaining a new prestigious client in Paris ” Hotel Georges V” 3 Michelin Stars.

The Best First Half of Rugby Ever!

Play it anyway you like, last nights first half of rugby was sensational!
Oh what a night! Oh what a game!

Rugby fever had struck Three French Vines by lunchtime Saturday. The talk was would the Aussies take the first game of three. Never, was the cry! Not on your life! “But”, it’s a small word that lives at the bottom of your stomach, they might just put up a fight, could it happen? Could the Wallabies align the stars? Never! came the cry around the lunch table at Three French Vines over a bowl of hot steaming soup.

The afternoon rolled on, the talk got heated at the share thought of those Aussies winning drove us to more talk and more what if’s. It was too much, the rugby ball was passed with increasing speed. Rugby moves were discussed and played and many manoeuvres played out. May the vase that stood on the kitchen bench rest in peace.

The boys and immediate neighbors arrived by 7pm empty handed but with the correct password at the door, “Real Men Drink Champagne”! No password, no entry, we are tough here at Three French Vines.
The rugby ball morphed into bowls of chips, the river of Champagne flowed and the sound of popping corks got serious.

Kick off started with a roar and we held the faith. Reward came swift and never in history have we before been rewarded with such good rugby. It was pure magic, a place that only the oval ball can take you with a bottle of Three French Vines Champagne.

As they say, the rest is history and this morning I find myself at the computer emailing France for further supplies!

 

As if we really needed an excuse to drink more champagne!

Check this article out pointing out the health benefits of drinking more champagne.  Apparently all it takes is 3 glasses per day to prevent the onset of dementia.  They are doing more research and  I’m totally committed to  volunteering for this study!

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/a4269/drinking-champagne-dementia-alzheimers/

Corks Away!

Looks like someone has had a whole lot of fun here!  Something about corks, the colour, the smooth texture and the fragrance of the champagne.  I know people always become animated when they hear that certain “pop” that only a champagne bottle can make.  I think it makes people happy and excited.  If we were strict purists we wouldn’t really want that “pop” but I think sometimes it sets the mood and besides it’s fun.  Nothing beats firing a cork from a bottle off the balcony grand prix style!

 

Champagne Monmarthe Coup de Coeur wins Gold

Earlier this year this Premier Cru NV champagne won Gold at the Sakura Woman’s Wine Awards in Japan.  Congratulations Monmarthe!

This is certainly well deserved as this is a superbly sophisticated champagne oozing with style.  Ok, if you haven’t guessed it, I confess to this being one of my favorites.  It’s dry and delicious!

Congratulations Rohan & Matt

Congratulations to Rohan and Matt who were recently married.  On their special day they served Champagne Secret de Famille and this is what they have to say about Three French Vines.

We’re really glad to have enjoyed some Grower Champagne at our wedding earlier this year – we had a great experience dealing with Marie and Three French Vines and the Champagne Monmarthe went down deliciously!  Marie was helpful and friendly and it was obvious she shares our love of bubbles!  We knew we would enjoy each style in their range, but Marie made it easy to narrow down our selection, giving pointers on the grape blends and taste profiles as well as some interesting points on the growers and locations of each house.  When we mentioned a particular champagne we had loved she looked into it and suggested one with a similar blend – which was the one we settled on for our big day!  Delivery was quick and hassle free also. We’re pleased to have a few bottles left over…although we wouldn’t hesitate to try more from Three French Vines!”