How to Drink Champagne Properly from the Experts at Moët & Harvey Nichols

No, you don't just chugg champagne out of the bottle in the park...

By Manchester's Finest | 28 September 2021

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Join Harvey Nichols to sip and sample the finest Champagnes from Moët Hennessy at a special event, hosted in partnership with the brand this September.

Quite possibly the greatest champagnes known to man, Moët is absolutely iconic – a symbol of the sheer quality of sparkling wines coming out of the French region throughout the 20th Century, and a legacy that that continues to this very day.

One of the world’s largest champagne producers, Moët et Chandon was established all the way back in 1743 by a fella named Claude Moët, an already established wine trader in the area who decided he wanted to ship his wines to Paris.

This decision coincided with the reign of King Louis XV (lover of Marie Antoinette) and a significant rise in demand for sparkling wines in the country.

Moët created their first ‘vintage’ Champagne in 1842, and more recently, was merged with Hennessy Cognac in 1971 and Louis Vuitton in 1987 – creating probably the most luxurious brand EVER.

It’s also worth noting that Moët & Chandon holds a royal warrant as the supplier of Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II – meaning she’s probably sipping a glass of the stuff right now as you read this.

Why am I telling you all of this?! Well, Moët have teamed up with Harvey Nichols to bring a Moët Hennessy Champagne Tasting Event to Manchester on Wednesday 29th September.

Brand Ambassador, Mark Winnington will be coming down to talk all about the history of Moët (much better than I) and educate you on how to drink Champagne properly, including some of these invaluable tips…

How to Store Champagne

This is a massive one, and something that has many schools of thought on the best way to store your champagne. If you’re planning to drink it within the next 3-4 days, storing it in the fridge is perfectly fine.

If you put it in there for a long period of time though, the cork can dry out, causing the seal to break and the champagne to ruin. Instead, if you’re storing it for a long time, keep at around 70% humidity, lying horizonal and avoid light.

The Correct Temperature

Champagne should be served somewhere between 8°C – 9°C. The best way to achieve this temperature is to use our old friend the ice bucket. Fill it one-third full of cold water and then top with ice cubes.

Allow the bottle to chill in here for at least 15 minutes to achieve the recommended temperature and then serve.

The Perfect Amount of Champagne

The way you pour champagne is important, as is the amount in the glass. The ideal serve is to fill your glass between one-third to two-thirds full, which is enough to enjoy but most importantly – reduces the chance of the champagne warming up too quickly.

How to Keep it Fresh between Pours

Obviously you don’t chugg a bottle of champagne like you would a bottle of Frosty Jacks down the park. It’s there to be savoured and enjoyed – but how do you keep it fresh between pours? Well, Moët always recommend a good champagne stopper to keep the fizz in, and the drink as fresh as possible.

Mark will be on hand to provide more tips on how to drink champagne properly at the event at Harvey Nichols, where you can taste four of Moët’s greatest bubbles, paired with a tasting plate from the Second Floor Deli Bar.

Tickets are £30 per person, with £25 of the ticket redeemable against Moët Hennessy purchases made on the evening!



Date: Wednesday 29th September
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Harvey Nichols Manchester, The Lounge, First Floor
Cost: £30, with £25 redeemable against Moët purchases on the night.

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