Thursday, February 25, 2010

Belle Epoque's First Tuesday Champagne Club

The five star champagne lineup continues at Brisbane’s Belle Epoque with French Bistro’s next First Tuesday Champagne Club, hosted by the renowned Bernadette O’Shea, set to showcase Comte Audoin de Dampierre.

Each month, the First Tuesday Champagne Club at Belle Epoque sees the tasting focus on a different vintage. And for the ultimate indulgence, and quintessential culinary pairing, guests sip and slip their way through freshly shucked seasonal Oysters to accompany the champagne house.

For more than 700 years, the Dampierre family has been associated with the Champagne region in France. As early as 1300, the jurisdiction of Guy de Dampierre, who was Count of Flanders and governor of Champagne, stretched from Bruges to Reims. Today the Dampierre Champagnes have reached cult status amongst the bubbly cognoscenti; the Dampierre name being regularly associated with the world’s most exclusive restaurants, as well as French presidential, ministerial and ambassadorial residences.

“The quality of Count de Dampierre's champagnes is superb, their pure and vibrant taste the result of an expert blend of wines made only from grands crus chardonnay and pinot noir grapes,” said Bernadette. “The Count, one of the most charismatic people in all of Champagne, oversees every aspect of production and is passionate about his craft…. as well as Aston Martin cars, in fact  he usually poses in front of his house with his private collection of sports cars and a glass of champagne in his hand!” 

Champagne Dampierre is sold in 29 countries, but it is not mass produced. Count de Dampierre makes only 220,000 bottles a year, which guarantees that every one of them contains only the very finest champagne. His champagne ‘Des Ambassadeurs’ is served at 40 French Embassies throughout the world, as well as the President’s palace in Paris.

On his cuvée de prestige bottle Bernadette said the cork is hand-tied using lightly waxed hemp twine, an ancestral method called ‘ficelage”.

Champanges to be showcased at next First Tuesday Champagne Club, include:
  • Dampierre Brut Ambassadeurs  
  • Dampierre Blanc de Blancs Ambassadeurs 
  • Dampierre Family Reserve Vintage 2002  
  • Dampierre Prestige Grand Cru 1998
“The First Tuesday Champagne Club offers Champagne lovers the chance to taste premium Champagne by the glass when ordinarily it would only be sold by the bottle and against the stunning turn-of-the-century Parisian backdrop that is Belle Époque,” said Bernadette O’Shea.

O’Shea is holder of the prestigious Vin de Champagne Award. For her services to the industry she has been inducted into the L'ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and is a recipient of the very rare un Ruban vert (green ribbon) award.  She has also been invested with the Chevalier de l'ordre du Merite Agricole, a knighthood from the French Government for her work in the Champagne industry, an honour hardly ever bestowed on any woman outside France.

What: First Tuesday Champagne Club
Date: Tuesday March 2, 2010
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price: Champagne - Based on consumption. Sold by half or full glasses.
Bookings: 07 3852 1500 or


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