Dominique Demarville Champagne Dinner...

A round-up of this splendid February event

On February 19 2019, we were delighted to welcome Chef de Cave of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Dominique Demarville, to Cliveden House where he hosted a wonderful evening of delicious food with exquisitely paired Champagnes, introducing the 2008 vintage of La Grande Dame.

La Grande Dame is a homage to Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, who took over her late husband’s business in 1805, turning his winery into one of the most celebrated champagne houses to have ever existed. Credited with the invention of the riddling technique and the only woman to hold such a significant role in the industry at the time, she was known as the Grande Dame of Champagne. And in the year of the brand's 200th anniversary, the prestige cuvée in honour of Madame Clicquot debuted with a 1962 vintage.

The 2008 vintage, unlike its predecessors, is made up of 92 per cent Pinot Noir, a first for the label. The first vintage at Veuve Clicquot made by Dominique Demarville, who arrived at the house in 2006, the cellar master wanted to pay tribute to Madame Clicquot by taking the Pinot Noir to a higher level, stating that his vision is to highlight the finesse and elegance that Pinot Noir offers.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception in The Great Hall before being taken through to The French Dining Room, which was dressed to impress and embellished with various bottles of Veuve Clicquot, to enjoy a delicious four-course meal with each expertly-paired Champagne introduced by Mr Demarville himself.

The starter of Wild Halibut served with cep, artichoke and chestnut were enjoyed with Extra Brut Extra Old and followed by the main course of Norfolk Black Leg Chicken with truffle potato and leek, paired with La Grande Dame Rosé 2008. The cheese course of Truffle Tunworth served with Devon quince and celery was enjoyed alongside a glass of La Grande Dame 1989 whilst dessert, a Macadamia Nut Parfait with bitter chocolate sorbet and roasted banana, was complemented perfectly by the Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec.

It was a wonderful treat to welcome Dominique Demarville to Cliveden House for his only UK appearance in 2019, and a delicious and insightful evening was had by all.