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Posted: 09 August 2011
What a treat the oyster festival goers of Whitstable had on the 23rd July down at the Duke of Cumberland. A fantastic array of Champagnes from the esteemed house of Taittinger was presented along with a delicious range of canapés to tantalise the tastebuds The stables at the back of the Duke were the venue for two master classes on Champagne presented by the wine educator, Quentin Sadler.
Quentin lead the way through from the Brut Réserve Non vintage (the definitive cuvée from Taittinger most widely known) to the sublimely rich and complex Les Folies de la Marquetterie. Two appreciative groups came along and learned of the history of Taittinger, tasted lovely canapés of crab with the salmon pink Prestige Rosé, zingy fresh oysters with the NV Brut and delicious Mediterranean bruschetta drizzled with truffle oil with the Nocturne Sec Champagne ( a softer, less dry style).
They were exceptionally lucky to taste the Prelude from the best Grands Crus vineyard sites (retail around £50) the vintage 2004 and the outstanding Les Folies de la Marquetterie (around £55 retail RRP). An extremely enjoyable time was had by all;the oysters with Taittinger NV Brut were a marriage made in heaven and the groups left the stables with a satiated palate and a happy glow!