We’re forever blowing (hundreds of ront on) bubbles
Nothing wrong with a spot of posh rosé champagne to impress your Valentine. Here’s our guide to the best
It’s Valentine’s Day next Thursday, so best you start planning how to spoil your beloved with some serious luxury. Nothing whispers romance quite like the sound of a rosé champagne cork popping. It tastes delicious, looks beautiful in the glass (it’s all about that perfect pink hue) – and is guaranteed to ensure any occasion becomes a proper celebration, while earning you some serious brownie points.
We’ve sipped and savoured the most desirable champagnes to bring you the perfect bubbles for Valentine’s Day.
The rosé for any glamorous Valentine’s Day celebration
Moët & Chandon ‘Living Ties’ Rosé gift box
Moët & Chandon has become synonymous with celebration and this year it takes Valentine’s Day to the next level with the launch of the limited edition Rosé Living Ties gift box. “The design makes for a seriously glamorous present, with the black bow on the gift box already perfectly tied for your Valentine. No wrapping required!” says Patrick Leslie of Moët Hennessy. Moët Rosé is known for its radiant colour and intense fruitiness. Available from R599.
The rosé for romantic sundowners Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé
Veuve Clicquot recently introduced Rich Rosé to SA – just in time for February 14 celebrations. Created expressly for mixology, Rich Rosé is Veuve Clicquot’s most versatile champagne, designed to allow anyone to create their own playful drinking experience. Best enjoyed over ice with fresh ingredients such as lime, pineapple, ginger or tea. Just add a balmy summer evening and a perfect cityscape view. Valentine’s sundowners for city-slickers, sorted. Available from R899. The rosé for a candle-lit dinner Ruinart Rosé
Known as the champagne for wine lovers, Ruinart was the very first rosé champagne to make its appearance, dating back to the 18th century. Expect a delicate yet sophisticated rosé with an intense aromatic profile, perfect to complement that delicious dinner you’ve lovingly prepared (or ordered in, we won’t tell anyone). “I find that rosé champagnes are usually the best champagnes to have with dinner, even with meat,” wrote champagne expert Ed McCarthy in his comprehensive Champagne for Dummies. You heard it here first.
Available from: R949.
The rosé for those who have it all
Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005
It is hard to beat the wow factor that accompanies Dom Pérignon. “I would suggest serving your Dom Pérignon Rosé in a larger format wine glass to experience the full expression of this incredibly refined champagne, it elevates the whole tasting experience,” says Manuel Cabello, head sommelier at Ellerman House. Produce a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé for your Valentine and expect 364 days of love to follow.
Available from: R3,599.
Whichever rosé you choose, always serve (and then keep) your champagne chilled, not icy – the best way is to fill an ice bucket with ice and one-third water and allow your bottle to cool for 15-20 minutes, and ensure you open your bottle with suitable ceremony. Think a gentle whisper rather than a loud bang, though.