Farm Cheeses with Champagne
8th March 2023
When searching for your next slice of cheese, there is nothing better than exploring the local, or now distant, farm shops, thanks to the innovation of the cheese industry up and down the country, local cheeses can be delivered across the British Empire, so why not take advantage of it all and experience the wonderful flavours, paired with a bottle of Champagne!
Champagne André de Villeneuve
This Champagne from André de Villeneuve is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier, taking home a Gold in the Meditation Category, its sister Champagne, their Rosé, took home The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Award for 2022, with its exceptional strawberry and cream characters, on a bed of ripe red berries and cheesecake base.
Champagne André de Villeneuve – Brut Cuvée Spéciale – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Soft, delicate yeasty and citrus characters on a bed of wild yellow floral, butter, buttercups, white peaches, with hints of saline, and fresh salmon on the aromas.”
Flavour – “A sweet fizzy touch of soft zesty citrus of the yellow variety, with yellow floral, white peaches, white pears, with hints of fresh bakery brioche on the palate.”
Gold Medal in the Meditation Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
Park Farm Cheeses
For four generations, the Padfield family have been milking a herd of cows at Park Farm. It all began when Edward Ernest Padfield took on their 240 acres of Park Farm in August 1914. With the cheddar cheese being crafted by his wife in the building that adjoined the farmhouse.
Graham Padfield decided to start making cheese again in 1990, in the very same buildings in which his grandmother had made her Cheddar almost 80 years before.
The local Bath Cheese was well known in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was even recommended to Admiral Lord Nelson in a letter from his father, written shortly after Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Copenhagen.
To Admiral Nelson from his father, July 16th, 1801:
“My dear Horatio, – On Tuesday next I intend (God willing) to leave Bath and tho’ not very strong, yet, hope to reach Lothian on Thursday, as I must remain a few days in London, let me not interrupt any of your engagements.
Recollecting that Sir William and Lady Hamilton seemed gratified by the flavour of a cream cheese, I have taken the liberty of sending 2 or 3 cheeses of Bath manufacture.
I am my dear Son your most affectionate Edmund Nelson”
Bath Soft Cheese & Champagne – “Fizzy lemon sugar bursts through the creamy cheese with white floral and white rose petals added to the pairing. The pairing allows both Champagne and cheese to express themselves, with sweet apricot flesh and soft, milky, creamy savoury cheese.”
Bath Blue & Champagne – “A younger expression, the Champagne cuts through the strong blue with refreshing white floral characters. A nice delicate pairing, you can enjoy the fruity character from the Champagne, yet still have the savouriness from the cheese.”
Wyfe of Bath & Champagne – “The pairing complements, and draws a dryer taste sensation from the Champagne and elevates the silky, almost butterscotch flavour from the cheese, it gifts the cheese a creamier sensation.”
Wyfe of Bath Extra Mature & Champagne – “Cleanses the palate, showing a very subtle pineapple flavour from the Champagne, and then a relaxed savoury expression from the maturity of the cheese.”
The Merry Wyfe & Champagne – “The Champagne expresses itself initially and slowly the savoury characters of the cheese build.”
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