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Fortnum's Champagne

Champagne with Everything!

Discover the extraordinary Fortnum's treats overflowing with added sparkle this Christmas

Here at Fortnum’s, we are firm believers that there isn’t a single meal - not Boxing Day breakfast or brunch, nor Christmas lunch, dinner or supper - which cannot be improved with the addition of a few festive bubbles.

That’s why all our Champagne is gloriously bubbly and seriously sippable and why, as often as we can possibly can, we add a dose of the good stuff to the wonderfully delicious things we make.In fact, from the first meal of the day to the last, we’ve made sure that fizz aficionados – or afizzionados, as we have just decided to christen them - can enjoy an extra-special Fortnum’s treat with a Champagne twist.

We start our journey through Fortnum’s cornucopia of fizz-filled treats with a look at three spreadable and edible products designed to add a little sparkle to breakfast and brunch: our Bucks Fizz Marmalade, Orange & Champagne Marmalade and our Strawberry & Fortnum’s Champagne Preserve.

To ensure the best possible flavour, our preserves and marmalades are carefully-made in small copper pans, by a top-secret cadre of Fortnum’s jam geniuses. The result? A spread worth toasting!

The Champagne taste is subtle but certainly discernable, and in case you're worried, you can't actually get squiffy on the stuff. Which means these wondrous preserves and marmalades can be eaten on busy December mornings, with no discernable effect on your Christmas shopping productivity.

Our Strawberry & Fortnum’s Champagne Preserve is packed with sweet and juicy Cambridge Favourite strawberries, miniature Tiega strawberries from Turkey, and a helping of both Fortnum’s champagne and Marc de Champagne - a similar drink to Grappa, made from the grape reminace, stems, skins and pits from the Champagne making process.

Made with sweet, rather than Seville oranges, the Orange & Champagne Marmalade is perfect for those who like things a little less bitter, made with a generous helping of both Champagne and Marc de Champagne.

And the most festive jar this Christmas – our Bucks Fizz Marmalade is lovingly made in Oxfordshire with Seville oranges, prosecco and a dash of Marc de Champagne. Each jar is speckled with gold sparkles and contains a lightly crystallised slice of fresh orange.

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With breakfast and brunch well and truly covered, our next stop on this journey of Champagne discovery is the Fortnum's confectionery counter. Here, we find another exquisite example of our commitment to bubbles: our extraordinary Marc De Champagne Truffles.

Much like the jams, the recipe for our famous truffles is a closely-guarded secret, and if you've ever tasted one, you'll realise quite why we are so protective of it. One thing we most definitely can confirm, however, is that there is no little amount of tipple in these bite-sized delights, nor a half-measure of delicious chocolate either.

Made in England and elegantly packed – these decadent truffles come coated in pale pink or milk chocolate and are dusted in icing sugar. One bite will reveal a boozy centre of intense Marc de Champagne. Giving – or receiving – a drum of these silky truffles will leave you tickled pink.

Whichever truffle drum you lift lid on, the contents are perfect for after-dinner treating, devoured over the course of a relaxed weekend or eaten in a single sitting, with a glass of bubbly and good book - and nobody else - for company. So we're reliably informed, anyway...

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Last, but by no means least, we come to the important business of the Champagne itself. As any discerning sipper knows, there is precious little which does not go well with a glass or two of fizz. But which vintages from our vast selection should we plump for?

There are countless bottles of bubbly in the wine cellar beneath our Piccadilly home, but the three we are most proud of are our Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and Vintage Champagnes. Created by three of the most esteemed houses - Laurent Hostomme, Billecart-Salmon and Louis Roederer, each of which is one of the last surviving family-owned Champagne-makers in the world.

Our Blanc de Blancs Champagne is the perfect aperitif Champagne, produced by Laurent Hostomme from his own vineyards, located within the Grand Cru region of Chouilly. The blend is always 100% Chardonnay and aged for three years ‘sur latte’ for extra complexity. It is extremely elegant, offering light floral notes and a refreshing acidity.

The Fortnum & Mason Brut Rosé has been aged in Mareuil-sur-Ay and released at its optimum maturity. Created by Billecart Salmon using the ‘Rosé assemblance’ method to obtain maximum elegance and finesse. This unique cuvée from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

And finally, our Brut Vintage Champagne is specially produced for us by Louis Roederer. The grapes (including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) are sourced from the young vines of Louis Roederer and also purchased fruit from the Marne. The dominance of black varieties offers roundness and complexity, while the Chardonnay provides elegance and freshness. This cuvée is a deep gold colour and offers a wonderful brioche character. It is particularly delicious enjoyed with food.

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Let the good times flow!